Shepherd Neame reveals its best pubs

The Blue Anchor at Crowborough has been named Shepherd Neame Pub of the Year.

The Blue Anchor at Crowborough has been named Shepherd Neame Pub of the Year in the Shepherd Neame Pub Awards, which has returned after a two-year absence.

It is the latest in a series of accolades for the popular pub and restaurant, which has been named Pub of the Year in the Beautiful South Tourism Awards for the last two years.

The pub, which has been run by Amy Glenie since 2019, prides itself on freshly-made food using locally sourced produce where possible. It also has a spacious garden and patio, including a newly introduced pizza shack.

“It has just been such an exciting time moving the pub forward over the last four years," say Glenie. "We are constantly looking for new ways to make things better and keep things fresh – there is always something to improve. I absolutely love running The Blue Anchor and enjoy every moment of being there, and our hard work is paying off.”

Eleven of the independent family brewer’s pubs and hotels across Kent, London and the south east were honoured at the ceremony, which celebrates exceptional standards across its 300-strong estate. Two lifetime achievement awards were also given to dedicated, long-serving managers and licensees.

“After a challenging time for all those within the hospitality industry, it is fantastic to be back celebrating the achievements of our outstanding licensees and team members," says Shepherd Neame chief executive Jonathan Neame. “Despite the setbacks of the last two years, we have seen that more than ever the most important factor in the success of any pub is its people, and we are very proud of our talented team. These awards are aimed at recognising their hard work, dedication, and creativity, and celebrating excellence in our company."

The awards were announced at a ceremony held at the Spitfire Ground in St Lawrence, Canterbury.

Full list of winners:

BEER HERO: The George, Leeds

SOCIAL MEDIA PUB OF THE YEAR:  The Oak on the Green, Bearsted


PUB FOOD OF THE YEAR: The Sun, Feering

HOTEL PUB OF THE YEAR: The Marine Hotel, Tankerton

WINE PUB OF THE YEAR: The New Flying Horse, Wye

LICENSEE OF THE YEAR: Natalie & Andrew Hennessy, The East Kent/The White Horse

MANAGER OF THE YEAR: Steve Berry, Jamaica Wine House

TENANTED PUB OF THE YEAR: The White Horse, Hawkinge


SHEPHERD NEAME PUB OF THE YEAR: The Blue Anchor, Crowborough

Lifetime Achievement Award winners:

Karen Hazell at The Rose Inn, Herne Bay

Marc and Tracey Watson, The Wharf, Dartford

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