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27th March 2014

West Country Business Celebrates Major National Award Win

 Last night Bath Ales won the coveted national award for Best Managed Pub Company (2-50 sites) at the prestigious Publican’s Morning Advertiser awards.
Designed to recognise genuine quality and innovation in the industry, the awards are the ‘Oscars’ of the pub trade.
An independent West Country business, Bath Ales has 12 venues based across the South West and a number of different styles and concepts across its estate, which helped the business clinch the top prize.
Managing Director Robin Couling, said: “To be recognised with this national award is fantastic and it’s hugely rewarding to see our hard work being acknowledged.
“We pride ourselves on striving to be the best and to implement excellent standards in all areas of the business from staff training and customer service though to our food and drink offer and retail standards.
“The ethos we live by is to always delight and challenge our customers and exceed their expectations – we don’t believe that one size fits all so we tailor our venues accordingly.”
Competition in last night’s awards was tough as Bath Ales was up against well-established industry players such as Liberation Group and Provenance Inns.
Robin continued: “This year is going to be a very big one for Bath Ales. We’ve recently opened two new venues inside Bristol’s Colston Hall, which have been very well received, and we’re going to continue developing our ambitious plans for brewery
expansion this year as well.”
Rob Wilock, Group Editor of PMA Group who organise the awards, commented: “The Publican Awards is the premier event in the pub industry’s calendar.
“The judging process remains unapologetically onerous and rigorous. Entering the awards is not something to be done lightly – but if you win, you can be sure you deserve the accolade.
“All our winners are driving their businesses forward with energy and passion. We congratulate Bath Ales.”
Image: L -R_John Bishop (presenter), Robin Couling (MD), Alice Bowyer (executive chef) Phil Brown (area manager), Stacey Day (retail HR manager), Andy Dixon (from category sponsor Kenco Millicano)
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About Bath Ales:
Based between Bath and Bristol, Bath Ales is an independent brewery established in 1995 which uses traditional brewing techniques with cutting-edge technology.   The founders come from a brewing background and combine a range of skills with a shared passion for all styles of beer. 
The business currently produces just over 20,000 brewer’s barrels annually and has had its own bottling plant since 2007.  Sustained investment plans will see the brewery continue to increase production volumes. Bath Ales also has an on-site brewery shop.
Bath Ales now operate 12 sites across the South West – Colston Hall, The Hare on the Hill, The Hop Pole, The Salamander, The Swan, The Wellington,Beerd, The Grapes a little bit further afield in Oxford, and three Graze, Brasserie & Chophouse sites in Bath, Bristol and Cirencester. The latest flagship Graze in Bath also features a fully functional microbrewery.
The Bath Ales range of beers includes Gem, Barnsey, Dark Side, Wild Hare, Special Pale Ale and Ginger Hare.
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