Double win for The Rose & Crown Warwick
It has been a double cause for celebration this week for us after winning two high profile awards.
Head chef Leon Higham and his team have been named Britain’s Best Brigade, proving a favourite with the UK public who voted for them in their droves in Essential Cuisine’s nationwide competition to celebrate the best, hardest-working kitchens in the industry.
The pub was also awarded the title of Hospitality Business of the Year at this year’s Touch FM Pride of Warwick District Awards which took place on Friday 30th June at the Chesford Grange Hotel in Kenilworth.
Our dedicated kitchen team of seven represented the UK pub sector in the Britain’s Best Brigades competition, which saw them rise victorious against brigades from seven other sectors of the hospitality industry, from restaurants and hotels to schools, universities and colleges.
To take the title, Leon and his team created a short video to say why they deserved to be crowned winners and asked pub regulars and locals to vote for them to win. In the event, their video, which can be viewed here, https://youtu.be/cXdhLGlK4Yo summed up the sense of camaraderie and great cooking in their kitchen, as well as the importance of each member in the team, bringing to life the sense of fun, togetherness and hard work that keeps the pub ticking.
When asked what it means to him and the team to win, head chef Leon Higham said, “Winning this competition is simply fantastic – and a bigger deal than any of us could have realised. When you look at how many great brigades from across the industry entered, it’s really a great achievement to win and we are all honoured to be winners. I think it shows what our pub and our company is all about; when you recruit a team and put the effort in, you get it back in spades. That’s what I have in my team, and I can’t wait to go and celebrate with them,” he said.
As well as scooping the title of Britain’s best, Leon and his team win £1000 and an exclusive menu development masterclass with a leading UK chef. 50p for every vote registered also goes to each brigade’s nominated charity with the Peach Foundation, a grant giving organisation set up by the company which supports education and promotion of healthy eating, sports and conservation in Africa, the beneficiary of The Rose and Crown’s victory.
Nigel Crane, Managing Director for Essential Cuisine, added, “We were delighted to have The Rose and Crown as our pub representative, but for them to go on and win is testament to a dedication to togetherness, mentoring and development and, of course, some stunning food, upon which Leon and their parent company Peach insist. Their video entry, while showing off some big personalities, really sold them as a brigade worthy of the win. A fantastic effort. We can’t wait to hand them the trophy.”
With the trophy for Hospitality Business of the Year from the Pride of Warwick District Awards now proudly on display at the pub, we are looking forward to celebrating the double win with new faces and old who visit the pub this summer.