Northamptonshire pub 185 Watling St Pub & Kitchen reaches national final of prestigious business awards

Towcester pub, 185 Watling St Pub & Kitchen, has been shortlisted as a national finalist in the Great British Pub Awards 2017.

The awards celebrate the achievements of the best pubs in the business with 185 Watling St Pub & Kitchen selected as a finalist in the Best Managed Pub category.

The pub, which has already gone through two rounds of rigorous judging to reach the final, will now battle it out against five other pubs from around the UK to try and take the category title.

The next stage of the judging process is to be visited by expert judges who will see the pub in action, probe the pub’s team further about the business and sample the pub’s food and drinks offer.

Winners will be announced at a glittering awards ceremony, hosted by pub trade newspaper the Morning Advertiser who organise the awards, on Thursday, 7 September at London’s Hilton Hotel on Park Lane.

Ed Bedington, editor of the Morning Advertiser, says: “This is one of the most rigorous judging processes in the pub sector. Congratulations to 185 on getting through to the third round.”

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Hannah Strudwick, 185’s general manager, says: “We are so excited to have made it to the national final of these prestigious awards and are really proud of the great pub we have created for the people of Towcester and Northamptonshire.”

She adds: “We are so grateful to local people for the support they continue to give us. We offer our customers a fantastic home from home environment, excellent food and drink and a warm welcome and are delighted that we have also impressed the award’s judges with what we do.”

Among the pub’s innovations which impressed the judges are its ‘Bill of Fare’ set price menu which runs Monday to Friday from 12 noon to 6pm and offers two courses for £12.75 and three for £15.75; its weekly Wednesday Steak Night which offers a great selection of quality steaks, sides and sauces and the delicious afternoon tea menu which is served daily from 3pm to 5pm.

185 Watling St Pub & Kitchen was opened in the heart of Towcester 20 months ago by local pub operator Unique Hospitality Management whose pubs also include The Anchor at Aspley Guise, Bedfordshire and the new Wheatsheaf Pub & Grill at Bow Brickhill, near Milton Keynes.