A charming pub near Bristol has been selected as one of the best in the South West – and could have a shot at winning a national title.
Along with The Ostrich pub in the town, The Old Kings Head in Worle has been selected as Somerset’s representative in the National Pub & Bar Awards. The venue less than an hour’s drive from Bristol is famous for its roast dinners with a huge range of local ciders.
With a great beer garden, live music and sports, the pub has been in the family for over thirty years. The Old Kings Head prides itself on offering true Somerset character in a traditional village setting, reports Somerset Live. They also offer regular charity quiz nights, video horse racing nights, bingo nights and performances by Somerset’s top Chalice Morris Men.
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The Old Kings Head shared their joy on Facebook, saying: “We were totally shocked to learn that we had been named the County of Somerset winners. We are overwhelmed with pride and it reflects the hard work of our dedicated team. Thank you to our staff and our loyal family of customers who make the pub what it is.”
The national awards aim to “bring exemplary restaurant businesses across the UK into the national spotlight, showcasing the diversity, creativity and vital importance of the hospitality industry to the UK economy”, with 94 pubs selected as winners for their county. The lucky winners will be officially crowned at a red carpet celebration in London on June 22.
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In the grand final, 15 regional winners will also be announced, along with the esteemed accolade – National Pub and Bar of the Year, which was won last year by Galvin Green Man in Chelmsford.
Tristan O’Hana, editor of Pub & Bar magazine, said: “Just by being in these places you can see how much pubs and bars mean to people across the UK. With the increase in the number of visitors, this is more important than ever for operators. to deliver exceptional service on every visit – regardless of the business in question. These 94 county winners are wonderful examples of the brilliance of today’s modern commerce. If you live near any of these sites, be sure to visit them.”
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The Old Kings Head has garnered rave reviews on Facebook, with a five-star rating, including a recent write-up describing it as ‘lovely’ with ‘the best bar staff in the world’.
Below are the finalist sites for each Southwest county:
- Bristol – The Ostrich
- Cornwall – Revenge of the Fox
- Devon – The Thatched Roof Tavern
- Dorset – The flag coat of arms
- Gloucestershire – The Frog Mill
- Somerset – The Old King’s Head, Worle
- Wiltshire – The Bradley Hare
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