Northamptonshire pub 185 Watling St Pub & Kitchen reaches national final of prestigious awards

185 Watling St Pub & Kitchen in Towcester – a GFC-recommended pub – has been shortlisted as a national finalist in the Great British Pub Awards 2017. The awards celebrate the achievements of the best pubs in the business, with 185 Watling St Pub & Kitchen selected as a finalist in the Best Managed Pub category.

A few of the 185 Watling St team celebrate their success

The pub, which has already gone through two rounds of judging to reach the final, will now battle it out against five other pubs from around the UK for the category title. The next stage of the judging process is to be visited by expert judges who will see the pub in action, probe the pub’s team further about the business and sample the food and drinks.

Winners will be announced at an awards ceremony, hosted by the Morning Advertiser, on Thursday September 7 at London’s Hilton Hotel on Park Lane. Ed Bedington, editor of the Morning Advertiser, said: “This is one of the most rigorous judging processes in the pub sector. Congratulations to 185 on getting through to the third round.”

Hannah Strudwick, 185’s general manager, said: “We are so excited to have made it to the national final and are proud of the great pub we have created for the people of Towcester and Northamptonshire. We are so grateful to local people for the support they continue to give us.”

Among the pub’s innovations that impressed the judges are its ‘Bill of Fare’ set-price menu, which runs Monday to Friday from 12 noon to 6pm and offers two courses for £12.75 and three for £15.75. Forthcoming events at 185 Watling St include a South African Braai Experience on August 24.

Inside the Towcester pub

Matt Wright
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Matt lives in Leicestershire with his wife, two kids and dog. He is passionate about British pubs, slow food and home brewing. He founded Great Food Club (originally as Great Food Magazine) in 2010 after being inspired by local producers near his home town of Melton Mowbray - Britain's 'Rural Capital of Food'.