Star Pubs & Bars announces best food pub at its annual awards

21 November 2016 by
Star Pubs & Bars announces best food pub at its annual awards

The Ruddington Arms in Ruddington, Nottingham, has been crowned Best Food Pub 2016 at the Star Pubs & Bars 2016 Star Awards in Liverpool.

The pub was taken over by Mark Anderson - who has worked for top chefs such as Terry Laybourne, Michel Roux and Gordon Ramsay - and his wife Sarah in 2014.

It underwent a £23,000 refurbishment to transform it to a friendly pub with an extended kitchen and dining area. In 2015 and 2016 it was accredited in the Michelin guide.

The judges said they were impressed by how fast the couple established the Ruddington Arms as an ‘outstanding place to eat' and praised their ethos of sourcing seasonally from local farms. They also liked the pub's selection of homemade pickles, jams, chutneys and cakes.

Fourteen awards were presented in total, ranging from Best Newcomer to Best Retailer.

Lawson Mountstevens, Star Pubs & Bars managing director, said: "Standards were higher than ever this year and the competition was very tough. The new talent we're attracting to Star is of a high calibre as these awards demonstrate. Likewise, many of our existing operators are at the forefront of the sector, pushing standards ever higher for the pub industry as a whole. It was a great honour to be able to recognise some of the country's greatest licensees in our Star Awards."

2016 Star Pubs & Bars Star Winners

Best Bar Team

PG Taverns (Scotland), Gordon Gilhooley and Iain Pert, the Jolly Botanist, Edinburgh

Live Sports Venue

Lauren and Jaimie Hopwood and Gavin Fernavs, the Thornton Arms, Burnley

Team Training

Flying Pig & Lobster, the Elephant, Liverpool

Heart of the Community

Pete Robinson and Ness Wilkinson, the Wheatsheaf, Woodplumpton, Lancashire

Famous for Food

Mark and Sarah Anderson, the Ruddington Arms, Ruddington, Nottinghamshire

Most Family Friendly

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

Best Outdoor Pub

Colin Stuart and Kenny Watson, CookHouse Pub & Carvery, Prestatyn, North Wales

Pint Perfection

Stephen and Tony Martin, Three Wheatsheaves, Nottingham

Best Cask Pub

David King, City Tavern, Newcastle


Kelly and Darren Lea, The Faulkner, Hoole, Chester

Best Use of Social Media

Paul Thompson and Peter Evans, the Hastings, Seaton Delaval, Northumberland

Best Newcomer

Michael Thomas, the Dovecote, Narborough, Leicestershire

Retailer of the Year

Flying Pig & Lobster, The Elephant, Liverpool

Star Pub of the Year

Whiting & Hammond, Blue Ball, Walton-on-the-Hill, Surrey

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