Best Newcomer: Leigham Well, Streatham
Rachel Street and Andrew Britten-Austen
The Leigham Arms, as it was previously known, was the publicans, Rachel and Andrew's, local however they rarely drank there but felt the pub had enormous potential.
They worked collaboratively with Ei Publican Partnerships to take on a number of training courses before taking the pub on, putting them in the best place possible to get off to a flying start.
The pair joined local pub-watch meetings to establish a network of like-minded individuals who are able to offer help, support and ideas and used their skills and knowledge from previous jobs to work with meticulous professionalism which they say has kept them on their toes!
Best Newcomer Finalists
Wheatsheaf Inn, Malmesbury
Michael Silcox and Michaela Thomas
Having built up plenty of hospitality experience Michael decided to join forces with his partner, an experienced chef, to go into their own venture in the pub industry and together have established an excellent reputation for their pub.
Black Horse, Monkseaton
Philip Cambo and Daniel Cox
Danny Cox and Phil Campo have known the pub for years both being local lads and previous patrons of the bar. Since opening the doors on 1st December 2017, they have already established themselves as the place to dine across the area among the coastal foodies.
It is widely reported that the first year of running a business is, for many, the hardest but those first few months can also be the most rewarding.
Publicans who have served a maximum of 12 months in their first pub with Ei Publican Partnerships were recognised in this category, especially those who are making a huge success of their pub through a number of ways such as use of social media, food offering, entertainment schedule and more.