Licensees at two pubs in Henley have been rewarded with a Hospitality Award from owners Brakspear.
Mark Dunlop, landlord at the Angel on the Bridge, was handed the Best All-Rounder title, while Nigel & Julie Rainbow of the Three Horseshoes won the Best Cellar award. Both received a plaque for display in their pub, and a cheque for £500.
Brakspear chief executive Tom Davies said, “Every year, the awards shortlist reminds us of the talented licensees we are lucky enough to have running pubs with us. Choosing this year’s winners was far from easy and they should all be proud of their achievement.
“Mark has been in charge at the Angel on the Bridge for 12 years and it has gone from strength to strength. He refuses to rest on his laurels and is always looking for new opportunities to develop the pub further, such as the Club to Pub Swim after-party which has been held at the pub for several years, and a new Pub Quiz introduced recently.
“Our Best Kept Cellar Award recognises the importance of cellar standards which affect beer quality, and Nigel & Julie are worthy winners.”
Collecting his award, Mark said, “The Angel is a jewel of a pub with one of the best locations in Henley and I’ve enjoyed running it for the last 12 years. Receiving this award is a great recognition of the hard work put in over many years to make sure we deliver a great experience to every customer, and I’m grateful to my fantastic team for their commitment and high standards.”
Collecting the Best Kept Cellar, Nigel said, “The cellar is the engine room of the pub and if you put in the time, as we do, you get a consistently great pint of beer. It’s wonderful to have that effort recognised – thank you Brakspear!”
The Three Horseshoes was assessed by an independent inspector from Cask Marque, the beer quality organisation, who checked everything relating to beer service from cellar temperature and cask rotation to glassware and praise the pub’s spotless cellar.