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1st May 2015

Celebrating quality pubs in the Cotswolds at: The Pride of Hooky Awards

Hooky LionOur Pride of Hooky Awards recognise the importance of our tenants and our pub staff within our Tied Estate and showcase what our pubs can uniquely offer. Year on Year the awards have grown and not only are a great way for all the Hook Norton tenants to get together but also promote how we are supporting the local community and businesses.

Pride of Hooky Categories and the Winners!
Pub of the Year           The Kings Head, Napton, Warwick
Best Newcomer          The Bell Inn, Adderbury, Banbury
Marketing Pub            The Castle Inn, Edgehill, Banbury
Best Exterior               The Pear Tree, Hook Norton
Community Pub          Hare & Hounds, Wardington
Food Champion          The Kings Head, Napton, Warwick
Beer Quality & Cellar Management The Kings Head, Napton, Warwick
Pub Team Member    The Castle Inn, Edgehill, Edgehill, Banbury
Customer Service       The Castle Inn, Edgehill, Edgehill, Banbury

The awards include sponsorship from companies including Carlsberg/Heineken/ Molson Coors/Westons Cider /Magners/Frobishers/Diageo/Arthur J Gallagher/WM Refrigeration/Silent Customer/Heddleworths/Catalyst Brands/Innsite/Lester Land

“I was delighted by the standard of entries in this Year’s Pride of Hooky Awards. Some of our winners showed just how high a standard they operate at. I hope many of them will enter the Great British pub Awards, where I am sure they will stand a great chance. I judged the Pub Team Member of the Year Award to make a final decision was very hard given the great people who I met during the judging, Stars all!” Bruce Benyon, Operations Manager, Hook Norton Brewery

The Pride of Hooky Gold Lion Awards celebrate the best of the best in the Hook Norton estate. Each year the standard appears to get higher, and we see some fantastic things happening across the pub estate.  In a tough leisure market, it is only by being on top of the game that will deliver results, and I am delighted with the evermore exciting businesses I see” James Clarke, Managing Director (brewing), Hook Norton Brewery

Hooky have a fantastic selection of 38 pubs spread throughout the picturesque Cotswolds many of which are listed buildings. Visit our website for a full list of pubs including opening times, photographs and upcoming events. Keep an eye on social media to see how the winners are getting on or why not give them a visit as a news story celebrating business success in the Cotswolds?

This year’s awards were held at the wonderful The Grand Hall at Banbury Town Hall (in conjunction with Banbury Town Council) which has recently been refurbished.

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For more information about this press release, Hook Norton Brewery, events, and news please contact:
Angela Francis 01608 737 210

Notes to editors
1. Hook Norton Brewery is a family owned, fifth generation brewery based in the heart of the Cotswold Hills.
2. Brewing a selection of cask and bottled beers including Lion, Hooky and Old Hooky.
3. The brewery shop offers brewery tours, artisan gifts and merchandise.