Raising a glass to success of village pubs

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Two pubs in LBO land are toasting their success in the Aylesbury Vale Village Pub of the Year 2014.

The Rose & Crown in Ivinghoe won the Community Pub award, while the Unicorn in Cublington won a special one-off award for its consistent excellence.

The overall winner in the contest, run by Aylesbury Vale District Council, was the Rising Sun in Ickford.

Now in its 17th year, the awards generated hundreds of nominations from Aylesbury Vale residents, all wanting their local to win the top accolade.

The winning pubs were chosen on the basis of their score from visits by mystery customers. Pubs are rated on a range of aspects, from cleanliness and service to community activities and family facilities.

Councillor Pam Pearce, AVDC Cabinet Member for Community Matters and chair of the judging panel, said: “The standards were so high this year, and our competition has something to do with that. These are coveted awards and pubs work hard to win them. Well done to all the winners and indeed to all the pubs nominated by their communities.”

All the finalists will be featured in the ‘Recommended Village Pub guide’, which will be available to download from the AVDC website www.aylesburyvaledc.gov.uk

See the October 28 issue of the LBO for the launch of our own Best Bar competition.