09 May Port Gaverne Hotel Named ‘Best Pub in Cornwall’
Official: Port Gaverne Hotel is The Best Pub in Cornwall
The Port Gaverne Hotel has scooped the Best Pub in Cornwall at this year’s prestigious National Pub & Bar Awards. And they’ve just heard they’ve been shortlisted for Best Marketing Campaign at the ‘Oscars of the Catering industry’, The Catey Awards.
For the past year, the whitewashed, flower-festooned pub nestled in Port Gaverne Cove, a short walk around the headland from Port Isaac on the North Cornish Coast, has been picking up rave reviews from foodies in the know and customers lucky enough to pop in off the beach for the first time. Now it’s official. The reinvigorated kitchen team, headed up by James Lean, formerly with Nathan Outlaw, Angela Hartnett and Gordon Ramsay are catching the eye of some of the pickiest culinary judges around.
The National Pub & Bar Awards recognise excellence in the industry and Port Gaverne Hotel has been noted as offering food of exceptional originality and quality, consistently high standards and a warm, welcoming atmosphere. And on May 24th, they’ll learn at the UK finals if they’ve picked up the ultimate prize of National Pub of the Year.
The last twelve months have seen The Port Gaverne Hotel receive a string of prestigious awards. In Autumn 2015 they picked up ‘Best Food Pub in Cornwall’ at the Great British Pub Awards 2015, were ‘Best Newcomer’ runners-up and winners of ‘One to Watch’ at the ultra-competitive UK’s Top 50 Gastropub Awards (judged by Tom Kerridge, Anton Piotrowski, food writers and fellow peers in the industry). They’ve also been shortlisted in the Great Cornish Food Awards for best restaurant and picked up Taste of the West Gold for Dining Pub.
Last week, they also found out that they’re in the final three for Best Marketing Campaign at the Catey Awards 2016, which recognise the sector’s strongest performers, latest emerging brands and highest flyers as determined by the industry itself. Up against major players, Pizza Hut and Red’s True Barbecue, it’s a significant achievement for the hotel, and their marketing team, leading Cornish creative agency, Voice Group. The winner will announced at London’s Grosvenor House Hotel on 5th July.
Jay Rayner presents Port Gaverne with Best Pub in Cornwall Award 2016
Owner David Barnard sees it all as a reflection of the hard work, financial investment and strict no-second-best attitude they’ve built up in the team since taking over in May 2014. But is there a particular secret behind their success?
‘Last year was good’ he explains, ‘but we’re working hard every day to make sure it was just the beginning. I love good food, and I only hire people who feel the same way. We’re committed to showcasing the best of Cornish produce and giving diners a genuinely memorable experience. The awards and shortlists we’ve picked up so far are a great reassurance that we’re going in the right direction.’
No room for ego-cooking
It’s all about the ingredients: getting them fresh as possible and treating them with respect. ‘It’s no-ego cooking,’ David goes on. ‘Our motto is: “Fresh off the boat, straight from the farm, foraged this morning.” And to get the best out of it – the dining experience and staying at this beautiful hotel – we’ve invested a quarter of a million pounds in the past 18 months. We’re proud to be named Best Pub in Cornwall – but we’ll never leave it at that. There’s always more to come, and we hope to keep giving our customers, regular and new, more pleasant surprises throughout the summer and going in to winter 2016. Lots of exciting developments, but can’t tell you about them just yet. Watch this space.’
Find out what all the fuss is about – book a table on 01208 880244.