Star Pubs & Bars names 2016 award winning licensees

Star Pubs & Bars names 2016 award winning licensees

The winners of our 2016 Star Awards were unveiled last night at a glittering ceremony hosted by footballing legend Chris Kamara at the Titanic Hotel and Rum Warehouse in Liverpool.  Fourteen awards were presented to licensees from across the UK in categories ranging from Best Newcomer to Best Food. 

Exceptional achievements included:

  • Flying Pig & Lobster which scooped two awards – Team Training and, for the second year running, Retailer of the Year - for The Elephant in Liverpool.
  • David King of City Tavern, Newcastle who won Best Cask Pub, as well as finalist positions for Best Bar Team and Retailer of the Year.
  • Pete Robinson and Ness Wilkinson who carried off the Heart of the Community Award for their pub, The Wheatsheaf, Woodplumpton, for the second consecutive year.
  • Whiting & Hammond which received the Star Pub of the Year award, for the Blue Ball at Walton on the Hill.

All 14 winners’ pubs had strong menus reflecting the growing importance of good food to the licensed trade. Top for food in the Star estate this year was chef licensee Mark Anderson, who has worked for Michel Roux and Gordon Ramsay, and his wife Sarah, who won Best Food Pub for The Ruddington Arms in Ruddington.

100 licensees and their partners attended the gala evening representing 61 finalist and winning pubs. Many were finalists and winners for the first time, testimony to the outstanding talent we have seen joining our estate in recent years from both within and outside the industry.

Lawson Mountstevens, Star Pubs & Bars Managing Director, said: “Standards were higher than ever this year and the competition was very tough. The new talent we’re attracting to Star is of a high calibre as these awards demonstrate. Likewise, many of our existing operators are at the forefront of the sector, pushing standards ever higher for the pub industry as a whole. It was a great honour to be able to recognise some of the country’s greatest licensees in our Star Awards.”