Tom Kerridge presents the Budweiser Budvar Top 50 Gastropub Awards 2015.
The two Michelin-starred chef hosted the ceremony on Monday, 26 January at Anglian Country Inns' Hermitage Road Bar & Kitchen in Hitchin, Hertfordshire. The company has won Best Food Offer in the Publican Awards 2014 for two years running.
Kerridge and wife Beth run the Hand & Flowers in Marlow, Buckinghamshire, which has taken the number one spot in the Top 50 list for the past three years.
The site now been retired to the Top 50 ‘Hall of Fame'
Kerridge said: "It's a huge honour to be asked to present the Budweiser Budvar Top 50 Gastropub Awards. This industry voting event is going from strength to strength and is a sign of the huge interest in British pubs, of which I'm proud to be a part of. I cannot wait to see how takes the number one spot this year. Good luck to everybody, long live the pub!"
THE TOP 50 LISTING IS COMPLIED BY OUR ACADEMY PANEL: MADE UP OF INDSTRY EXPERTS, THIS IS NOT SOMETHING THAT CAN BE ENTERED INTO. We do have a number of special awards that can be entered into. Click here for more details.
The awards which are now in their seventh year, have established themselves as the leading event for the premium end of the UK food-led pub trade and are based on the results of a poll of top experts.
Getting involved in the awards really is a fantastic way to drive excellent PR for your pub's business, generate additional trade, give your hard-working team a boost and open your outlet up to a host of exciting new opportunities.
PMA editor Rob Willock says: "Winning or being shortlisted as a finalist is an excellent way of getting your pub and yourself the recognition you deserve. In addition to the top 50 list voted for by the industry, these special awards give new pubs and new ideas the opportunity to shine. Previous winners report an excellent boost to business. The time spent filling in the entry form is a valuable investment in your business."
The awards are run in association with Budweiser Budvar UK as headline partner. The firm's UK marketing controller Ian Moss says says:
"There is no awards programme quite like this one. Highly focused and elegantly organised it grows in stature each year perfectly reflecting the importance of this category to our industry. This is why we are sponsoring it for the fourth time in 2015 as that rare thing: a sponsorship you can never tire of. "