Batemans, the family brewer based in Lincolnshire, has held its annual Rewarding Success lunch for its tenants, with awards given for Publican of the Year, Cellar Management and Floral Displays. The event was held at the brewery’s Visitor Centre and attended by more than 80 tenants.
Publican of the Year was won by Sarah and Chris Sorrell, tenants of The Dog and Bone, based in Lincoln. This awards lunch completes a string of successes for The Dog and Bone after it received CAMRA’s Pub of the Year award for Lincoln last month, for the second year in a row. In 2014, it was also named as CAMRA’s Pub of the Year for Lincolnshire and the East Midlands. Sarah and Chris have been running The Dog and Bone for just two years, and this tenancy marks a return to the pub industry for the couple after more than seven years away.
Stuart Bateman, Managing Director of Batemans Brewery, commented: “Sarah and Chris have achieved so much over the last two years, we felt they had to be the winners of our Publican of the Year Award. Since taking over the pub, they’ve increased trade by 40 per cent, which is a considerable accomplishment, and made it a real hub of the community, hosting ‘Stich ‘n’ Bitch’ craft and chat mornings, cookery competitions and film nights, among other activities. The CAMRA awards were also an incredible result – the first time one of our pubs has won such prestigious accolades.”
Joanne Buckland, tenant of The King’s Head in Horncastle, won the Cellar Management award for the second time since she took over running the pub from her mother – and this is the sixth time in a row this pub has received the award. Awards were also won by The Butcher and Beast in Heighington, The Ship Inn in Chapel St Leonards and The Plough in Nettleham for their floral displays in the Urban, Rural and Winter categories respectively.
Sarah Sorrell said: “We’re over the moon to have won Publican of the Year! The success we’ve enjoyed since we took over The Dog and Bone proves to us that customers want a traditional pub – one which offers them real ale and is the hub of their community. We’re looking forward to building on our achievements throughout the rest of the year.”
Stuart added: “The Rewarding Success lunch is a highlight of the Batemans calendar, and it’s very important to us that our tenants feel valued and celebrated for all the hard work they do. We’d like to extend our congratulations to all those who won awards – we look forward to working with you throughout the rest of 2015 and beyond!”