Hall & Woodhouse award their Public House of the year at their annual Gala Dinner

Gala Dinner Pub of the year Winner receiving their award, The Crabtree

Hall & Woodhouse celebrate the end of a successful´╗┐ year for their tenanted estate.

Tuesday 9th of September saw the Tenanted (Business Partnerships) Annual Gala Dinner and Awards. The event had a fantastic turnout, with over 180 guests attended the beautiful grounds of the Crown Hotel, Blandford. Both Chairman Matt Kearsey and Chris Chapman gave speeches expressing their thanks to all of the business partners for their great work over the past year. This was followed by a delicious three course meal and the awards ceremony. 

The seven award winners were announced with the most coveted award, of Public House of the Year awarded to The Crabtree, Horsham for excellence in all areas. The judges particularly commented on the team’s commitment to innovation, growth, the community and their beer quality. Each of the award winners was presented with a certificate and commemorative plate, as well as a cheque for £250; the Public House of the Year was awarded £1,000. Each of the winners will also each be taken on a European City Break next year.Although the location is yet to be confirmed last year the winners were treated to a 3 day trip to Paris.

Public House of the Year award winner, Simon commented:

‘We had the most wonderful night on a perfect late summer’s evening. I feel that working with Hall & Woodhouse is like being a part of one big family, which is particularly important to us as we are a family run business too. We are truly honoured to have won public house of the year especially against such strong competition.’

The night was a huge success and great fun for everyone who attended. After the award ceremony, tenants (business partners) and brewery members danced into the night. It was a fantastic celebration and we would like to thank everyone involved for making it a great success.

The line-up of winners included:

Community Asset: Plough, Ifield. 

The Plough is consistently working to support the local community and with £100,000 raised for charity it thoroughly deserved the title of Community Asset. 

Best Food Public House: Ye Olde George

The competition for this category was very strong but the fantastic menu, locally sourced ingredients, perfectly cooked and presented dishes and superb food service secured the win for Ye Olde George.  

Best Public House Garden: The New Inn, Salisbury.

A stunning and well-kept pub garden with the added benefit of a view of the impressive spire of Salisbury Cathedral has been a real labour of love for the team at the New Inn. 

Best Business Idea: The Huntsman,Eridge 

Emma and her team at the Huntsman have transformed an unused section of the pub in to a stunning and extremely popular Members Only Pub, which we believe to be the first in the country.  

Dave Blewitt Award for Best Beer Quality: Kings Head, Poole

The award was presented to the Kings Head, Poole for consistently delighting guests with the quality of their beer, which is always perfectly kept. 

Best Newcomers to Hall and Woodhouse: Buffalo Inn, Gillingham 

The team at the Buffalo have introduced an interesting and popular Italian restaurant concept to the rear area of the public house, while simultaneously keeping the locals happy with their traditional feeling bar area. 

Public House of the Year: Crabtree, Horsham  

For excellence in all areas and consistently delighting their guests, the team at the Crabtree was awarded Public House of the Year. ´╗┐