The Feathers Inn, in Hedley-on-the-Hill, Northumberland, has been named the Great British Pub of the Year 2011.
The freehold pub, run by husband and wife team Rhian Cradock and Helen Greer, beat 14 other category winners to the top spot at the Great British Pub Awards held at London’s Park Lane Hilton.
The awards were presented by comedian and Strictly Come Dancing 2011 contestant Rory Bremner.
The Feathers, which also won the Best Gastropub of the Year award, impressed the judges with their excellent food offer, strong community focus, impressive drinks range, exciting range of events and strong business innovation.
Licensee Helen Greer said: “It is just unbelievable. I can’t even describe it. Calling it a big shock is an understatement ‹ we are totally overwhelmed. I think it is down to the team we have, most of whom have been here since we took over four years ago. We want to make the business better all the time and we are always trying to improve it and make it more exciting. It is also down to my husband who works so hard in the kitchen, but he loves what he does.”
The Publican’s Morning Advertiser Editor, Paul Charity, said: “Helen and Rhian are an inspiration to others. The Feathers Inn is a great all rounder and a pub business with the wow factor.”
The 15 national winners of awards including Best Food Pub, Best Communiy. Pub, Best Turnaround Pub and Best Cask Beer Pub were also revealed at last night’s awards.
The Old Inn at Holton, Somerset, scooped the award for Best Food Pub. Head chef Ben Abercrombie, PMA Young Pub Chef of the Year in the Great British Pub Food Awards 2009, said: “It is fantastic to receive the award.”
The national winners were selected from 94 regional winners selected before the award’s night.
The national winners are:
Best Food Pub – the Old Inn, Holton, Somerset
Best Gastropub – The Feathers Inn, Hedley-on-the Hill, Northumberland
Best Family Pub – The Saddle Inn, Lea, Lancashire
Best Tenanted/Leased Pub – The Hare & Hounds, Corsham, Wiltshire
Best Freehouse Pub – The Carpenters Arms, Felixkirk, North Yorkshire
Best Community Pub – The Five Bells in Colne Engaine, Essex
Best Managed Pub -The Joshua Bradley, Gee Cross, Cheshire
Best Smoking Area – Ye Olde Whyte Lyon, Locksbottom, Kent
Best Live Music Pub – The Brickmakers, Norwich, Norfolk
Best Entertainment Pub – Ock ‘n’ Dough, Wellingborough, Northamptonshire
Best Sports Pub – The Globe Inn, Chichester, West Sussex
Best Cellar – The Hut in Uxbridge, Middlesex
Best Cask Beer Pub – Old Spot Inn in Dursley, Gloucestershire
Best Newcomer – Justin Brown from The Sun inn, in Dummer, Hampshire
Best Turnaround Pub – The Half Moon, Putney, London SW15.