Rob and Lucy Brewer of the Rashleigh Arms in Charlestown, Cornwall, have picked up the British Institute of Innkeeping (BII) Licensee of the Year Award for 2016.
The aptly named couple were commended for their enthusiasm as well as their experience, industry knowledge and commitment to creating a distinctive offering. The Rashleigh Arms is described by the BII as "very much a destination pub with its strong food trade as well as its focus on real ales".
The Brewers fought off competition from five other shortlisted licensees, showcased their industry knowledge on subjects such as the National Living Wage, training and organically growing their hospitality team. They also demonstrated enthusiasm for the BII and its Licensee of the Year Awards, envisaging how winning this year's trophy, prize and the prestige associated with the title will help grow their business even further.
Rob Brewer commented: "I think the number one economy in Cornwall is based around tourism, bringing people into the county to come and visit us. So anything that we can do that helps promote that I think is a massive plus."
Lucy Brewer added: "We also hope successes such as ours help get people into the industry. We're up to a 50-strong team now so we hope this kind of recognition will encourage people to consider working in hospitality and staying as well."
BII CEO Mike Clist noted: "We were really impressed by Rob and Lucy as a shining example of running a licensed establishment. As well as enthusiasm and passion for the great British pub industry, they're also very involved in their local community, making them a social hub for the picturesque seaside village of Charlestown."
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