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What a fantastic night! We are so proud to have picked up a Silver Award in the ‘Pub of the Year’ category in the South West Tourism Excellence Awards last night (6 February), held amidst a stunning light show in Exeter Cathedral.
“The Waterfront is a real success story! With incredible hard work by the team here, led by Dean Lakin, it has turned itself into a multi-award-winning pub,” said Steve Bellman who, with John Milan, took over the Waterfront in 2015 after it was re-opened after extensive flood damage.
It was an extra exciting night for John and Steve as one of their other pubs, The Pandora Inn in Cornwall, picked up the Bronze Award in the same category!
Our photo shows Dean Lakin holding the award with John Milan centre.
Over a hundred different awards were presented following a rigorous judging process in which a record 773 entries were considered. Winners were spread across the whole region from Wiltshire and Dorset in the east, to Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly in the west, and from Devon in the south to Somerset, Bristol, Bath and Gloucestershire in the north.
All entrants in the South West underwent a rigorous short-listing process with 559 being visited by a team of 50 mystery shoppers. Entry was free, and all entrants received feedback, valued by entrants as a top reason for taking part.
Top performers in matching categories will now go on to be nominated for the national VisitEngland Awards, with the potential to become national winners in summer 2020.