A LOCAL coastal pub has received further accolades to add to its vast number of awards. The Anchor Inn in Seatown continues to impress and has been named Dorset’s best pub in The National Pub and Bar Awards 2017.
In total, 94 venues from England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland have been selected as the best in their county and will be in the running to be named the best in their region at the grand final in London, where the overall National Pub and Bar of the Year will also be announced.
The 2017 county winners have been selected around multiple marks of quality, assessing every element that goes into making a hospitality experience truly excellent.
Tristan O’Hana, editor of Pub and Bar magazine, said: “This is an industry that never stands still – the operators of the best pubs know that they have to be at the top of their game 100 per cent of the time.
“Our 94 county winners are shining examples of that energy and creativity.
“They are what makes the pubs and bars of the UK so renowned. Congratulations to all of the finalists.”
In addition to this, Paul Wiscombe, the landlord of the pub, has made it to the semi-finals of the prestigious BII (British Institute of Innkeeping) Licensee of the Year awards, alongside Sam Good from the West Bay Hotel.
Sam Good and Paul Wiscombe have made it through to the last 16 in the BII awards after a rigorous nomination and judging process in a competition that covers everything from cleanliness through to financial sustainability.
Mike Clist, the BII’s CEO, said: “The BII Licensee of the Year Award has been going for over 30 years now and is the award to win if you are a licensee operating in today’s market.
“We are really looking for the cream of the crop – a licensee who excels not just in business, but in people skills, training, customer service, food quality, marketing and innovation – they really must be the full package.”
John Palmer, Palmers chairman and managing director, said: “We are very proud that two Palmers licensees have made it to this stage of such a prominent national competition.
“To have two pubs competing at this level really demonstrates that pubs are thriving in West Dorset, it is great news for the industry and brilliant for West Dorset tourism.
“We wish Paul, Sam and their teams all the best for the next stage in the competition.”
After the next stage of judging, which begins after Easter, the winner will be announced at the BII summer event on June 13th.
Paul said: “We have had an outstanding last six months and the level of attention and recognition we have received is very humbling.
“It is a testament to the enormous amount of hard work and dedication of the Anchor Army that we are where we are today and I am awfully proud of our achievements.”