1st December 2014

Star Pubs & Bars hosted its annual Star Pub Awards gala celebration this week in London compered by football legend and broadcaster, Chris Kamara, in recognition of the outstanding achievements of its lessees. 


A total of 15 awards were presented with new categories for Best Use of Social Media and Team Training reflecting their importance to the pub trade. The number of finalists was doubled to 90 in response to the high standards of Star Pubs & Bars’ lessees.


Judging was carried out over three months by both Heineken and Star Pubs & Bars’ employees as well as sponsors with special expertise in each category. 


“The level of commitment, vision and commercial acumen we saw amongst our lessees is phenomenal. Judging such brilliant operators is humbling but also highly inspirational. With such talented individuals dedicated to the pub industry, it’s hard not to feel there is a very bright future ahead for the great British pub,” says Chris Jowsey, trading director, Star Pubs & Bars.


Notable performances included Martyn and Linda Cripps of the Longboat Inn in Penzance who scooped the Team Training Award, their fourth Star Award. Whilst David King won the prestigious Retailer of the Year Award for his imaginative refurbishment and operation of the City Tavern In Newcastle as well as receiving finalist nominations for Team Training and Best Newcomer of the Year. 




Best Bar Team

Calvin Dow, The Castle, Skipton


Live Sports Venue 

Managers Marko and Wendy Howard and lessees Mark and Dawn Stevens, Murphys Sports Bar, Brentwood


Team Training 

Martyn and Linda Cripps, the Longboat Inn, Penzance


Heart of the Community

Janet Bilton, the Windmill, Linton


Famous for Food

Jack Werner and Rozi Hempstead, Somerset House, Bristol


Most Family Friendly

Graham Anderson and Sharon Stanton, the Eastfield Inn, Bristol


Best Outdoor Pub

Neil Pickles, The Malt, Harden


Pint Perfection

Michael Perry and Carvey Heaven, the Fountain Bridge, Sutton in Ashfield


Best Cask Pub

Trevor, Denise and Matt Fudge, the Anchor, Sidmouth



Jamie Kimpton, Pollards Inn, Willaston


Best Use of Social Media

John and Kimberley Calton and James Laffan, the Staith House, North Shields


Best Newcomer

Alex Cook, The Mill, Stokesley


Life Time Achievement Award

Bob and Maureen Smith, the Plough, Great Harwood


Life Time Achievement Award

Kath Duffy, the Newcastle Packet, Scarborough


Retailer of the Year

David King, City Tavern, Newcastle


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Further information from: Lucy Hall – 07775 850206

Issued: 28/11/14