It was cheers all round when The Kings Head in Napton, Warwick, was not only crowned Pub of the Year at the recent Pride of Hooky Awards but also lifted the Food Champion title.
Adderbury’s Bell Inn in Banbury was Best Newcomer while Wardington’s Hare & Hounds was judged top Community Pub.
The Castle Inn in Edgehill, Banbury, won three awards – for Marketing, Pub Team Member and Customer Service.
Hooky have no less than 38 pubs – many in listed buildings – across the picture-postcard Cotswolds area.
A brewery spokesman said: “The awards recognise the importance of the tenants and pub staff within our tied estate and showcase what our pubs can offer.
“Year on year the awards have grown – they’re not only a great way for all the Hook Norton tenants to get together but also promote how we’re supporting the local community and business.”
Hook Norton Brewery operations manager Bruce Benyon said this year’s standard was high and described entrants as: “Stars all.”
He added:: “I hope many of them will enter the Great British Pub Awards where I’m sure they’ll stand a great chance.
“I judged the Pub Team Member of the Year award and it was hard to make a final decision, given the great people I met.”
The company’s MD (brewing), James Clarke, said: “In a tough leisure market, it’s only by being on top of the game that will deliver results.”
This year’s ceremony, held in conjunction with Banbury Town Council, took place at the recently refurbished Grand Hall in Banbury Town Hall.
> Visit www.hooky.co.uk for a full list of pubs and opening times.