Newcastle’s City Tavern has been shortlisted from 1,300 pubs across the UK for three industry accolades, less than a year after reopening following significant investment.
Bar Hound spent £250,000 refurbishing the city centre venue, also restoring its original name, while also investing heavily in staff training, calling on the services of Ed Theakston of the Theakston brewing family to train staff on all aspects of keeping and retailing cask ales.
Now the firm’s efforts have been repaid after City Tavern was shortlisted in Heineken’s forthcoming annual Star Pubs and Bars awards in the Team Training, Best Newcomer and Retailer of the Year categories.
City Tavern’s operator David King, managing director of Bar Hound Ltd, said: “This is fantastic news for City Tavern, its staff and its customers.
“To be shortlisted in one category would have been great but to be selected for three categories against so many other pubs throughout the UK at such an early stage of the business is actually quite humbling.
“We have a great team and I believe any award we win is a reflection of the effort that each member of staff contributes to the pub’s ongoing success.”
The award ceremony will take place in London on November 27.