Tuesday, 4 February 2014

Pandora Inn crowned best pub in the South West

The Pandora Inn at Restronguet Creek has won Gold at the 2013/14 South West Tourism Awards for the second year running.

At the awards ceremony held on Thursday 30 January, the Pandora saw off competition from some of the best pubs in Cornwall, Devon, Somerset, Dorset, Wiltshire and Gloucestershire to be named Tourism Pub of the Year.

The pub was shortlisted for the award after winning Pub of the Year at the Cornwall Tourism Awards in December.

It is the second time the Pandora has won Gold at both the Cornwall and South West regional awards having also triumphed in 2012/13.

Since being completely gutted by a fire in 2011 and reopening in 2012, the Pandora Inn has cemented its position as one of the finest gastro pubs in the region.

Head chef Tom Milby has worked with managers Catherine and Lester Croft and landlords John Milan and Steve Bellman to develop the pub’s reputation for excellent food which makes the most of the fresh local produce available on its doorstep.

Landlord Steve Bellman said: “I am absolutely delighted that the Pandora has done the double once again, winning Gold at both the Cornwall and South West Tourism Awards. It’s a great honour for the pub, and a well-deserved reward for Catherine, Lester, Tom and all the team who have put so much effort into making it a success.”

The Tourism Pub of the Year Award is given to pubs which have made a significant contribution to the tourism industry, with a pub experience that incorporates a wide range of beers, guest beers or real ale; wines and other beverages and quality, locally produced food.

Winners also must be able to demonstrate their contribution to the long term sustainability of the local community in which they live and run their business.

The Pandora Inn is part of the St Austell Brewery Estate of pubs and inns. Adam Luck, St Austell Brewery’s Estate Director added: “I would like to pass on my congratulations to the team at the Pandora Inn for picking up yet another award. They have exceptionally high standards and their food offering is consistently excellent. On the same night as winning the South West Tourism Awards they were also recognised at the Brewery’s own Estate Awards ceremony, winning the Food Pub of the Year category – a truly outstanding pub.”

Winning the South West Tourism Pub of the Year Award means that the Pandora will now be eligible for the VisitEngland National Tourism Awards which take place later in the year.

For more information about the Pandora Inn, visit www.pandorainn.com or call 01326 372678.