Peninsula pub named best in Suffolk in national awards
By Derek Davis
17th Jul 2021 | Local News
The owner of a Shotley peninsula pub has admitted shocked and delighted after being recognised the best in Suffolk.
Damon Jeffery spoke of his joy after the Freston Boot was officially announced as the best venue in Suffolk by the Pub & Bar magazine.
He said: "It came as a complete surprise, but we are really chuffed."
Following 18 months of closures and restraints, and ahead of Covid-19 restrictions being eased on Monday 19 July, The Boot is one of 94 pubs across the country receiving a prestigious National Pub & Bar Award.
These awards aim to put the finest on-trade businesses across the UK in the national spotlight, showcasing just how diverse and creative the hospitality industry really is, as well as how inspirational operations have survived the pandemic.
Our award is gratefully received and goes to show the level of quality we deliver to our visitors every day of the week.
The Freston Boot will be officially crowned at a red carpet celebration in London on Monday 6 September. At the grand final, 15 Regional Winners will also be announced, as well as the esteemed accolade – the overall National Pub & Bar of the Year.
"I've never been prouder of this industry," says Tristan O'Hana, editor of Pub & Bar magazine, which hosts the event. "The entries for this year's awards demonstrated the undeniable value that communities place on their beloved pubs and bars.
"To be able to acknowledge the hard work and diligence of venues across 94 UK counties is an absolute privilege. These outstanding venues deserve this recognition now more than ever."
Full list of the UK's county winners:East Midlands
Derbyshire - The Cock InnLeicestershire - Round Corner Brewing Taproom
Northamptonshire - The Tollemache ArmsNottinghamshire - The Radcliffe
Rutland - The Admiral Hornblower
East of EnglandEssex - Galvin Green Man
Bedfordshire - The Black LionCambridgeshire - The Royal Oak, Hail Weston
Hertfordshire - Fox & Hounds, HunsdonNorfolk - The Kings Head, Letheringsett
Suffolk - The Freston Boot
LondonCity of London - Puttshack
Greater London - The Gun, Spitalfields
North EastDurham - Grannie Annie's Pub and Pantry
Northumberland - The Craster ArmsTyne and Wear - Leila Lily's North West
Cheshire - The Church Inn, MobberleyCumbria - Woolpack Inn, Eskdale
Greater Manchester - Roxy Ball Room, DeansgateLancashire - The Jazz Emporium
Merseyside - The Club House
Northern IrelandAntrim - The Poet
Armagh - Courthouse BarDown - The Maghera Inn
Fermanagh - Granny AnniesDerry / Londonderry - Walled City Brewery
Tyrone - Tomney's Bar
North West ScotlandHighland - The Plockton Hotel
Na h-Eileanan Siar (Western Isles) - The Cross InnNorth East Scotland
Fife - The CriterionAberdeenshire - DogTap
City of Aberdeen - The Tippling HouseCity of Dundee - Tom's
Perth and Kinross - The Meikleour ArmsAngus - The Drovers Inn
Moray - The Crown & Anchor InnClackmannanshire - The Old Brewery
Shetland Islands - Fjara Cafe BarOrkney Islands - The Ferry Inn
South East ScotlandCity of Edinburgh - No.1 The Grange
West Lothian - The Livingston InnFalkirk - Sportsters
Scottish Borders - The Craw InnEast Lothian - The Bonnie Badger
Midlothian - The Sun Inn
South West ScotlandCity of Glasgow - Drygate Peaks Bar & Terrace
North Lanarkshire - The Electric BarSouth Lanarkshire - The Old Oak Inn
Renfrewshire - The Boarding HouseDumfries and Galloway - The Steamboat Inn
North Ayrshire - The Corner HouseEast Ayrshire - Weston Tavern & Restaurant
South Ayrshire - The Tam O'Shanter InnEast Dunbartonshire - The Burnbrae Pub & Restaurant
Argyll and Bute - The Whistlefield InnEast Renfrewshire - The Orchard Park Hotel, Bar and Grill
West Dunbartonshire - The Balloch House HotelStirling - Allanwater Brewhouse
Inverclyde - Nicolson's Bar & Kitchen
South EastBerkshire - Crown & Garter
Buckinghamshire - Clayton's MarlowEast Sussex - The Bull, Ditchling
Hampshire - The Portsmouth ArmsIsle of Wight - The Spyglass Inn
Kent - The Rose & Crown, Green Street GreenWest Sussex - Crown & Anchor
Oxfordshire - The Hollybush, WitneySurrey - The Wiremill Lakeside Pub & Inn South West
Bristol - The Strawberry ThiefCornwall - The Rising Sun, Truro
Devon - The Pigs Nose InnDorset - The Old Granary
Gloucestershire - The Wheatsheaf Inn, NorthleachSomerset - Ring O Bells, Nailsea
Wiltshire - The Hatchet Inn
WalesGwent - The Anchor Inn, Tintern
South Glamorgan - Hare & HoundsMid Glamorgan - The Old House 1147
West Glamorgan - Britannia InnDyfed - The Griffin
Powys - The Harp InnGwynedd - T Coch Inn
Clwyd - Three Eagles
West MidlandsHerefordshire - The Riverside at Aymestrey
Shropshire - The BoathouseStaffordshire - The Red Lion, Newborough
Warwickshire - The Cross at KenilworthWest Midlands - Attic Brew Co. Taproom
Worcestershire - The Flyford
Yorkshire and the HumberEast Riding of Yorkshire - The Black Horse, Little Weighton
North Yorkshire - The Carpenters ArmsSouth Yorkshire - The Botanist
West Yorkshire - The Shibden Mill InnLincolnshire - The Hope and Anchor