Provenance Inns, the food-led operator led by Michael Ibbotson and Chris Blundell, has been named Pub Group of the Year in the latest edition of the Good Pub Guide.

The seven-strong company, founded in 2010, operates pubs in Yorkshire. The Guide said: “Their ideal is a proper pub with top class food and beer – and not just restaurants in pubs clothes.

“Both men are passionate about keeping everything local, from food to ales, from producers to tradesmen. This theory has worked out so well for their customers that Provenance Inns is Pub Group of the Year 2015.”

Brewery of the Year is Woodfordes in Norwich.

Pub of the Year is the Rose & Crown, Snettisham, Norfolk, a freehold operated by Anthony and Jeanette Goodrich.

Anothony Goodrich said: “We are first and foremost a village pub and it is incredibly important to us that we keep that at the heart of what we do. We have a great drinking trade and are the social hub of the village.

“To be considered the pub of the year is a really wonderful achievement and something we’re so proud of. But when I spoke to the staff about this I reminded them that it means we will have to work even harder at everything we do because people will be expecting the best.”

Guide editor Fiona Stapley described the Goodrichs as “licensees who have never sat on their laurels”.

She added: “They are always listening to customers, they are always trying to incorporate new ideas that might appeal to their locals. It’s got two fantastic proper character bars with fires and newspapers and lots of locals. But it also has a smart little restaurant, a bustling big conservatory dining room, and a really pretty garden with a well-equipped children’s play area. It was a stand-out choice – they really deserve it.” 

Karl and Amanda Mainey, of the Crown Inn, Roecliffe in Yorkshire, were crowned licensees of the year, seven years after buying the freehold of the pub.

Karl Mainey said: “There’s no special formula to what we do – we just try to run a good ship. We try to make sure that every element is there – a good welcome, good service, décor – it’s not just about saying ‘We’ve got a great menu and some good beers so the rest of it doesn’t matter.”

The Dining Pub of the Year award went to the Pipe and Glass in South Dalton, Yorkshire. Chef-owner James Mackenzie said: “It was a complete surprise and it’s great news for the pub and for the area.”


Good Pub Guide 2015 National Winners

Pub of the Year: Rose & Crown, Snettisham, Norfolk

Dining Pub of the Year: Pipe and Glass Inn, South Dalton, Yorkshire

New Pub of the Year: Church Inn, Mobberley, Cheshire

Own Brew Pub of the Year: Church Inn, Uppermill, Lancashire

Beer Pub of the year: Nags head, Malvern, Worcestershire

Whisky Pub of the Year: Sligachan Hotel, Sligachan, Isle of Skye

Wine Pub of the Year, Woods, Dulverton, Somerset

Unspoilt Pub of the Year: Square & Compass, Worth Matravers,ight Dorset

Town Pub of the Year: Old Harkers Arms, Chester, Cheshire

Country Pub of the Year: English Partridge, Bighton, Hampshire

Inn of the Year: New Inn, Cerne Abbas, Dorset

Value Pub of the Year: Ring O’Bells, Lathom, Lancashire

Licensees of the year: The Mainey family, the Crown Inn, Roecliffe, Yorkshire

Brewery of the Year: Woodfordes, Norwich

Pub Group of the Year: Provenance Inns, York


Good Pub Guide 2015 County Dining Pubs of the Year

Bedfordshire: Black Horse, Ireland

Berkshire: Newbury, Newbury

Buckinghamshire: Bell, Stoke Mandeville

Cambridgeshire: The Cock, Hemingford Grey

Cheshire: Fox & Barrel, Cotebrook

Cornwall: Victoria Inn, Perranuthnoe

Cumbria: Punch Bowl, Crosthwaite

Derbyshire: Plough, Hathersage

Devon: Treby Arms, Sparkwell

Dorset: New Inn, Cerne Abbas

Essex: Bell Inn, Horndon-on-the-Hill

Gloucestershire: Feathered Nest, Nether Westcote

Hampshire: Wellington Arms, Baughurst

Herefordshire: Stagg, Titley

Hertfordshire: Alford Arms, Frithsden

Isle of Wight: New Inn, Shalfleet

Kent: Three Chimneys, Biddenden

Lancashire: Assheton Arms, Downham

Leicestershire: Red Lion, Stathern

Lincolnshire: Brownlow Arms, Hough-on-the-Hill

Norfolk: Orange Tree, Thornham

Northamptonshire: Falcon, Fotheringhay

Northumbria: Feathers, Hedley on the Hill

Nottinghamshire: Martins Arms, Colston Bassett

Oxfordshire: Plough, Kingham

Shropshire: Fox, Chetwynd Aston