A Warwickshire pub has been named as one of the top three pubs in the country.

VisitEngland announced the winners of their annual Awards for Excellence.

The achievement celebrates the best of the country’s tourism industry, such as accessible and inclusive tourism, and business events venue of the year.

The Howard Arms, in Ilmington, Shipston-on-Stour, won bronze for Pub of the Year.

General manager, Pawel Sobiszek, said: “We are extremely honoured and grateful to receive bronze from VisitEngland for Pub of the Year. This award recognises our contribution to the local community and pub industry.

“After a very challenging last few months, it is very special to learn that we have been voted among the top three pubs in the country – it does not get any better than that.



The Howard Arms staff at the West Midlands Tourism Awards earlier this year

“It was a great achievement to get to the finals of this award back in 2017. This year we have managed to get to the top three pubs in the country. Our people have done incredible job and I honestly would have not done it without my team.

“This prize is dedicated to the staff, regulars and Ilmington community for supporting us throughout lockdown and during the awards process.”

In second place for the Pub of the Year category was Three Horseshoes pub and kitchen in Dorset, with Oxfordshire’s The Baskerville taking the top spot.

VisitEngland Chief Executive Sally Balcombe said: “These prestigious awards celebrate the outstanding businesses and individuals in tourism across England who have delivered excellence. Our award winners provide stand-out experiences of the highest calibre.

“Millions of jobs and local economies depend on tourism and this year’s awards are also a timely reminder of the determination, innovation and commitment of businesses across the country who have been working extremely hard to reopen, to welcome visitors back safely and to continue to provide a first-class experience.”

Tourism Minister Nigel Huddleston added: “Not only does our tourism industry offer incredible experiences to those who holiday here, it supports millions of jobs up and down the country.

“I’m delighted to see so many great establishments, from major Lincolnshire attractions to boutique Yorkshire hotels, being celebrated.

“This important sector has been hit hard by the coronavirus and we have helped with an unprecedented package of measures including the job retention scheme, a years’ business rates holiday and most recently a £4 billion reduction in VAT benefitting the sector.

“I would like to congratulate all the winners and businesses around England who are doing an outstanding job in showcasing the best in tourism. I encourage everyone to get out, Enjoy Summer Safely, and experience everything England has to offer.”





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