It was a great day last week at Goodwood Racecourse, where we announced the winners of our 2013 Business Partner Awards. There was a fantastic turnout to the event, which was attended by over 200 guests.
The day started with speeches from Matt and Chris, before sitting down to enjoy a three course meal. There were seven races throughout the day including the Badger Ale Stakes, which was a race that we sponsored. We also raised over £1,000 for Macmillan, this year’s nominated charity.
The seven award winners were announced, who each received a cheque for £250, with Public House of the Year receiving £1,000 as well as being taken away on a European City Break early in 2014. This was won by The Inn at Cranborne in Dorset. Jane Gould from the Inn was delighted to have been chosen as the best pub; “I thoroughly enjoyed the day at Goodwood, and to be crowned Public House of the Year has been a fantastic accolade for me. The Inn is my first public house which I reopened with Hall & Woodhouse’s help after it had been closed for two years. Both myself and my team have worked really hard so this award just proves our hard work was worth it.”
Matt comments: “Our Business Partners are what make our business special and we were delighted to host so many of them at our Gala event at Goodwood. Choosing our award winners gets harder every year and I’d like to thank all of our Business Partners for their ambition, dedication and innovation. I look forward to hosting the winner’s on well-deserved break early next year.” The location of the 2013 Award Winner’s trip has not been disclosed yet, but last year’s winners were treated to three days in Barcelona.
Overall, it was a very successful day and the event was great fun for everyone involved. The weather was fantastic, and there were even a few people who came away winning some money! It was a great day to cap a great year, and we would like to congratulate everyone involved for making it such a success.
The line-up of winners included:
Community Asset: Gillian and John McEwan The Amberwood, Christchurch, Dorset.
Not only do they raise money for local charities, but they host local teams and even get involved with the local Youth Club. They also specialise in creating personal party menus for their guests.
Best Food Public House: Magdalena and James Callery, The Halfway Inn, Newbury, Berkshire.
The competition for this category was very strong but the fantastic menu, locally sourced ingredients, perfectly cooked and beautifully presented dishes secured the Halfway a win.
Best Public House Garden: Amanda McLoughlin, Bear, Horsham, West Sussex.
For inspired use of their courtyard, transforming an unloved space into a tranquil ‘garden’ for their guests to enjoy.
Best Business Idea: Jamie Pike, The Upton Inn, Bristol, Somerset.
The Woodland Rangers initiative sees the children entertained whilst the parents are able to enjoy the amenities of the Upton Inn.
Best Beer Quality: Jason Sims, Bear Inn, Salisbury, Wiltshire.
Mark Woodhouse, Hall & Woodhouse Chairman has been consistently delighted with the quality of the beer in the Bear Inn which is perfectly kept.
Best Newcomers to Hall and Woodhouse: Tony Field, The Strawberry Field Tavern, Southampton, Hampshire.
Tony had reinvented this business making it into a profitable and popular public house.
Public House of the Year: Jane Gould, The Inn at Cranborne, Cranborne, Dorset.
Jane reopened this public house after it was closed for two years, she has built it up into a fantastic business and was the first inn to be awarded 4stars by the AA.