It's a triple for Suffolk pubs

THREE Suffolk pubs are toasting their success at a regional awards event.Punch Taverns' regional Shine Awards covered its pubs in East Anglia, the Midlands and Wales and among the four category winners were Tonic, in Ipswich's Falcon Street, the Douglas Bader at Martlesham Heath, and the Stag, in Stowmarket.

THREE Suffolk pubs are toasting their success at a regional awards event.

Punch Taverns' regional Shine Awards covered its pubs in East Anglia, the Midlands and Wales and among the four category winners were Tonic, in Ipswich's Falcon Street, the Douglas Bader at Martlesham Heath, and the Stag, in Stowmarket.

Geoff Cosstick and Corinne West of Tonic scooped the Best Drinks Experience title, while John and Margaret Barrett of the Douglas Bader were crowned Best Customer Experience winners. Phil and Sue Rudland of the Stag won the Best Community Experience title.

Judges heaped praise on the three premises, and described the Tonic as “a wonderful outlet, sparkling and clean, brilliantly merchandised with an excellent range of products using high quality, not well-known brands in some instances”.


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They praised the “very high standards” at The Stag, and were impressed by its “great link to teams, lots of activities, ie pick a peg, xmas draw, bonus ball, collect points, quiz nights, karaoke nights, pie nights, darts, pool, cheap chilli, holiday trips”.

The Douglas Bader, which is managed for the lessees by Karen Andrews and Tony Curtis, was named after the World War II pilot who continued flying after losing both legs and flew for a short while out of Martlesham. He officially opened the pub in the 1970s.

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“What impressed the most was the pub's ability to cater for all age groups and deliver sensible pricing with a very pleasant atmosphere,” the Punch Tavern judging panel said.

Lessee of the pub Mrs Barrett said it was “fantastic” to win an award after being shortlisted in the past.

“We are thrilled to get recognised,” she said.

As part of the judging process, a mystery shopper visited the premises to make an assessment.

The Best Food Experience winner, and the overall regional champion, was Tony Day of The Cross in Kenilworth.

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