I hear that the search is on to find the country’s best rural pub of the year and a local award-winning pub chef is leading the hunt.
Pub chef of the year, John Rudden, co-director of the White Hart at Lydgate near Oldham is not only a judge – he’s also part of the prize.
John will visit the winning pub for the day to work alongside staff to deliver a charity event for the benefit of the local community. He will also host a return visit to the highly successful White Hart where he will demonstrate the secret of his own success.
He said: “I know only too well what an important role village pubs play in the community. I’m delighted to be involved in this competition and I’m looking forward to celebrating the success of my industry.”
The new award is part of the Calor Village of the Year competition, in its 10th year. The new award is being run in association with Business in the Community and its Pub is the Hub campaign.
Entry is simple – all you need to do is tell Calor in 500 words why your pub is sustainable.There is more information online about the new award as well as an online entry form. Alternatively call 0800 216 659 or email for an entry form to be posted out.
The award is open to all pubs in rural villages with a population of less than 5,000 throughout England, Wales and Scotland. Closing date is 23 June 2006.