Tuesday, 19 November 2013

The Pandora Inn, the best pub in the UK’s best holiday destination

The Pandora Inn at Restronguet, near Falmouth, was named ‘Pub of the Year’ in the Cornwall Tourism Awards 2013/14 ceremony on 7th November.


It is the third year running that the Pandora has won the award, winning it in 2010, 2012 and now 2013. The ‘missing’ year was when the pub was almost destroyed by fire, making the three wins even more significant for owners, John Milan and Steve Bellman. 

The award comes hot on the heels of the news that Cornwall has been named as the nation’s favourite holiday destination by winning the British TravelAwards for the fifth consecutive year.

John Milan, multi tenant for St Austell Brewery pubs in Cornwall and Devon, said: “The team at the Pandora Inn, led by managers Catherine and Lester Croft and chef Tom Milby,­ all work incredibly hard to maintain the high standards for food and service that we have set ourselves. To win for a third time is amazing. They absolutely deserve it, and we’re very proud.”

Managers Catherine and Lester Croft say they are over the moon with their win, dedicating it to the support they receive from John and Steve, and the team of staff at the Pandora.

“The Pandora is a jewel of a pub,” said Lester. “To be named Cornwall’s Pub of the Year for a third time is fantastic. It recognises that we are doing things right.

“It truly is a team effort and we’d like to thank our wonderful staff and our head chef Tom Milby, who started here at the age of sixteen, working his way up to lead the team, winning a string of awards for his food along the way.”

The Grade II listed waterside pub, part of St Austell Brewery’s 170-strong estate and operated by multiple tenant, John Milan, beat off stiff competition from other leading establishments, included Rick Stein’s pub, the Cornish Arm s, and The New Inn on Tresco.