The White Horse at Brancaster Staithe is celebrating being named as one of the best gastropubs in the UK in a national awards scheme.
The pub, one of the Anglian Country Inns (ACI) group, was chosen as one of the Top 50 Gastropubs in The Publican’s Morning Advertiser Budweiser Budvar Awards 2014.
An awards ceremony was held on Monday at Hermitage Rd bar and restaurant in Hitchin, one of ACI’s own establishments, where guests enjoyed a three-course gourmet lunch devised by the head chefs from each of ACI’s four establishments, which includes The Jolly Sailors, also at Brancaster Staithe.
Head chef at The White Horse Avrum Frankel said: “This is the icing on the cake and a fantastic compliment to the team. The White Horse is growing from strength to strength and we now feel we are up there alongside the top establishments in the UK.
“There’s no stopping us now and this award sits nicely alongside a string of other national awards we have received recently.” These include being the winner of Best Food Offer in the Publican Awards 2013 and The Good Hotel Guide 2014 Cesar Award Norfolk Hotel of the Year.
James Nye, managing director of ACI said: “It is a huge accolade and an immense honour to receive this recognition which is obviously the hospitality industry’s choice. The team at The White Horse is to be congratulated; it is their passion, hard work and commitment that have won this amazing recognition.”
Jo Bruce, editor of MA Pub Chef said hundreds of gastropub operators, top chefs, food writers, pub guide editors, catering development managers and pubco and restaurant bosses were asked to vote for their favourite pubs. She said: “At the Publican¹s Morning Advertiser we strive to celebrate the achievements of Britain¹s fantastic gastropubs, who lead the way with their business innovation, menu ideas, premium drink offers and are the cream of the pub industry.” The Publican’s Morning Advertiser editor Rob Willock said: “These awards really are the industry’s choice and it is fantastic for the gastropubs voted into the Top 50 to get recognition from such a prestigious panel of voters.”
Anglian Country Inns also owns the microbrewery, Brancaster Brewery.