Monday, 27 September 2021

Newcomers scoop brewery award

A COUPLE who run a Crazies Hill pub have picked up an award after just a year behind the bar.

A COUPLE who run a Crazies Hill pub have picked up an award after just a year behind the bar.

Adam and Sandra Purdy, who run the Horns, won the best newcomer award at the Brakspear hospitality awards last week.

They were presented with a plaque and a cheque for £500 at an awards dinner held at the Crooked Billet in Stoke Row.

Mr and Mrs Purdy took over the pub in July last year after moving to the village from Lancashire.

Mrs Purdy said: “We are really chuffed. It’s nice to be recognised for the hard work we’ve put in.

“We have put the plaque up on the wall at the pub and lots of people have come in to say congratulations. It’s a bit of a boost because it has given us extra some customers who have popped in to see it.”

Mr Purdy added: “Receiving this award shows our commitment and hard work have paid off.

“None of this would have been achieved without our excellent team and our fantastic customers.

“We’re both very proud to win this award and look forward to many more years here at the Horns.”

Brakspear chief executive Tom Davies, who presented the award, said: “Adam and Sandra took on a pub that had fallen out of favour locally and have transformed it into a great country pub offering top quality food and drink in a relaxed, friendly environment.

“They have welcomed drinkers as well as diners to the pub and turned it back into a hub of the local community.

“Like all good licensees, they make running a pub look easy but we know their success is down to great talent and hard work.

“They should be very proud of their award and we look forward to watching their success continue into 2017 and beyond.”

Mr and Mrs Purdy became the seventh tenants of the Horns in as many years after John and Sarah Schlaefli left the business after just 18 months in charge.

The couple, who were married in 2014, have more than 20 years’ experience in the pub and restaurant trade with Mr Purdy working as a chef in Michelin-starred restaurants and his wife front of house.

In July they celebrated their first year at the pub with a garden party. The following month they raised £1,800 for Sue Ryder with a beer festival called Hornfest.

The couple have also been nominated in three categories of the Berkshire & Buckinghamshire Life Food & Drink Awards — newcomer of the year, pub of the year and best family dining. The winners are due to be announced on Thursday.

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