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Fighting Cocks, Kent Wins Prestigious National Award

16th September 2014

Categories: Blog

A Great Country Pub, The Fighting Cocks in Horton Kirby, has been named 'Best Family Pub' at the Great British Pub Awards 2014, a national award for being a hub for families.

The awards, organised by leading pub industry magazine, the Publican’s Morning Advertiser, are recognised as the ‘Oscars’ of the pub world.

The winners received their award from Sky Sports F1 presenter Natalie Pinkham at a glittering sports-themed ceremony on September 11th at London’s Hilton Hotel, on Park Lane. 

The pub, which is run by Chris and Vanessa Maskery, had already been named joint winner of the Best Family Pub for the London & the South East Region.

It competed against six other regional winners for the overall title in a rigorous judging process, which included site visits and interviews about the business. The award’s 90 finalists were shortlisted from hundreds of pubs at an initial paper judging stage.

Judges praised how the couple, who have been at the pub for six years, have transformed a traditional village local with a basic offer into a destination pub with a reputation for offering something for the family.

In their time in charge, the Maskerys have introduced a play area and animal enclosure encircling tables in the beer garden, meaning parents can enjoy a drink and some food while watching the kids play. The judges were really impressed with the children’s facilities in the pub’s extensive garden, which include large play areas and an ice cream counter.

Rob Willock, editor of the Publican’s Morning Advertiser, said: “The Great British Pub Awards celebrate the cream of the crop in the pub trade, and the winners should serve as an inspiration to pubs throughout the country.”

Many congratulations Chris, Vanessa and their hard-working team who thoroughly deserve the title of 'Best Family Pub 2014'.

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