‘Vital hub of the community’ pub tastes success at Star Awards

By Nikkie Sutton

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Celebration time: the Star Awards saw winners from across the country take home awards
Celebration time: the Star Awards saw winners from across the country take home awards
A Hampshire pub took home to top title at Star Pubs & Bars annual Star Awards ceremony last night (5 March) in the West Midlands.

The awards were the biggest ever held by the pub company, reflecting Star’s enlarged estate of 2,700 pubs.

Representatives from 90 finalist pubs attended the ceremony, which was hosted by comedian Ed Byrne at the Belfry Resort in Sutton Coldfield, West Midlands.

There were 16 awards given for areas ranging from innovation to food and, for the first time, there was also an award for licensees on Star’s managed operator arm – the Just Add Talent agreement.

Outstanding success

Kate Hayden and Paul Warriner took home Star Pub of the Year and the Heart of the Community awards for the Snow Goose in Farnborough, Hampshire.

Star said the pub’s outstanding success as a popular pub combined with its role as a vital hub of the community marked it out from the rest.

Its superb food and drink events and customer service ensure business grows year on year. The judges also commented on Hayden and Warriner’s constant innovation, commitment to the highest standards and creation of an offer that appeals to all ages for a whole range of occasions.

Talent standard

Star Pubs & Bars managing director Lawson Mountstevens said: “This was a special year for the Star Awards as it was also the first anniversary of our acquisition of 1,900 pubs from Punch.

“It has been fantastic to have so many great licensees joining Star Pubs & Bars this past year and to see so many of them represented at the awards – the increased numbers took the level of competition up a notch.

“If the Star Awards is anything to go by, the standard of talent in the leased and talented sector is at an all-time high. It was inspiring to have such superb operators, who are so passionate and positive about pubs, gathered together.”

The winners:

Best Bar Team

Pauline Boswell, the Royal Hotel, Sheffield, South Yorkshire

Live Sports Venue

Kathleen Howard, the Dickens Bar & Inn, Scarborough, North Yorkshire

Heart of the Community

Kate Hayden and Paul Warriner, the Snow Goose, Farnborough, Hampshire

Famous for Food

Howard Egglestone, Tomahawk, Newcastle

Most Family Friendly

Martin and Rowena Sanderson, the Stags Head, Goosnargh, Preston, Lancashire

Best Outdoor Pub

Chris Driver, the Derry, Long Newton, Stockton-on-Tees, County Durham

Pint Perfection

Rick Ellison, the Peak Hotel, Castleton, Derbyshire

Best Cask Pub

Miss Anna, the Strugglers Inn, Lincoln, Lincolnshire


Dave and Marion Carr, the Brandling Villa, South Gosforth, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Tyne & Wear

Best Newcomer

Jackie Fairburn, the Hare & Hounds, West Ardsley, Wakefield, West Yorkshire

Most Innovative

Pug Pubs: the Fat Pug, Leamington Spa, Warwickshire

Best Soft Drinks

Mike Reeve, the Weld Blundell, Lydiate, Liverpool, Merseyside

Best Spirits

Eimear and Mark Walsh, the Winchmore, Winchmore Hill, north London

Best Wine

Chris and Murray Booker, the New Inn, Hurstpierpoint, Hassocks, West Sussex

Just Add Talent Pub of the Year

Simon Parish and Simone Kelly, the Musketeer, Banbury, Oxfordshire

Star Pub of the Year

Kate Hayden and Paul Warriner, the Snow Goose, Farnborough, Hampshire

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