The Chequers Inn crowned regional winner in Great British Pub Awards

Antony Pratt - The Chequers Inn owner The Chequers Inn, at Bilton-in-Ainsty, is celebrating after being crowned the regional winner in the ‘Best Wine Bar/Pub’ category of The Publican Morning Advertiser’s Great British Pub Awards 2015. The Chequers, Ainsty Inns’ flagship pub and part of the Ainsty Group LLP, fought off strong competition in the UK’s largest geographical region of Yorkshire, the North East and Scotland. The category recognises bars/pubs with an excellent and profitable wine offer that has been a key part of the pub's success in the past year, while the awards themselves are also established as one of the biggest events in the pub industry’s calendar. The awards attract hundreds of entries from thriving pubs around the UK and are widely regarded as “the one to win” by licensees. The pub is one of three that form Yorkshire pub company Ainsty Inns, under the ownership of Antony Pratt. Pratt only created the group in 2012 and has since aimed to provide the best produce Yorkshire has to offer. He said: “To have been selected as the regional winner in such a prestigious and highly regarded national industry awards programme is a huge honour for our flagship pub. “We strive to locate and offer only the best wines, ranging from local Yorkshire suppliers to exceptional producers of wine from across the continent. We also work hard to provide all staff with training which gives them the expertise needed to be considered as one of Britain’s best wine bars!” “The award success is testament to the outstanding wines we offer to our customers and the strong team ethos we have at The Chequers. We’ll certainly be having a glass to celebrate!” The Chequers Inn works closely with wine suppliers including Hallgarten Druitt Wines and Yorkshire Vintners to offer wines that complement the food it offers. Part of The Chequers’ success has come through the hosting of its monthly wine dinners, each taking place with a different international theme. The latest focused on the English sparkling wine producer, Nyetimber, and offered customers five gourmet dishes, paired accordingly with wines as well as discussion with a wine expert on the reasons for pairings. The Publican Morning Advertiser’s editor Ed Bedington said:”The award recognises pubs that have best promoted and driven sales of wine in the past year. “The judges were really impressed with the range and quality of wines served at the pub and their innovative approach to marketing wine to customers, as well as extra investment in staff training.” Plans to build upon The Chequers’ wine credentials have been laid out with the planned launch of a wine club at The Chequers Inn where customers will be able to purchase wines by the case and view tasting and buying tips on a dedicated YouTube channel. The Great British Pub Awards ceremony will be being held on 10th September at London’s Park Lane Hilton hotel.

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