The Old School Bar & Kitchen, Mount Hawke have been awarded Gastro Pub of the Year at the Cornwall Life Food & Drink Awards 2014
The award ceremony held at The Atlantic Hotel in Newquay on Thursday 27th November celebrated the best of Cornish Food, Drink and Hospitality facing stiff competition from The New Inn, Goonhavern and The VictoriaInn, Penzance.
Represented at the ceremony by the Owners – brother and sister duo Martine Derry and David Clilverd, the Old School Bar & Kitchen are delighted to be recognised as Gastro Pub of the Year. The awards are designed to champion the great and the good of our regions food and drink industry, from local producers and suppliers, small farming businesses, chefs, restaurants, pubs and hoteliers.
The companies nominated are all voted for by Cornwall Life Magazine readers. After the nomination process the select panel of judges selected a shortlist and embarked on an independent judging process, which subjected finalists to be visited or interviewed in order to establish the overall winner.
In her acceptance speech, Owner Martine Derry spoke of her delight in receiving the award:
“We are greatly humbled and honoured to be receiving this award. We would like to personally thank all those Cornwall Life Magazine Readers who kindly nominated us for the award and also the panel of judges who supported us as I finalist in the Best Gastro Pub of the Year category. As a business we have worked extremely hard over the past 18 months to make the Old School Bar & Kitchen the best we can, and to gain recognition from Cornwall Life Magazine makes all the hard work worth it. This is a great opportunity to showcase all that is great in Cornwall, in fact this is a passion which runs through our business. It’s a common known fact that the Cornish offer truly great hospitality, and our aims were to serve real food and real drink with real hospitality. Once again we are truly thankful for your support. We are really excited about what the future holds for not just the Old School Bar & Kitchen but for all the other up and coming Cornish Gastro Pubs, Bars and Restaurants.”
As a family-run business focused on serving innovative, high quality food created from locally sourced produce — the Old School Bar & Kitchen naturally appreciate the value of local support and recognition. Our kitchen team continue to offer delicious and imaginative takes on some of the traditional favourites, and by sourcing our ingredients from local suppliers.