Horncastle King’s Head is an award winner again

Joanne Buckland of The King's Head in Horncastle recieving her Cellar Management award from Stuart Bateman EMN-150904-104009001
Joanne Buckland of The King's Head in Horncastle recieving her Cellar Management award from Stuart Bateman EMN-150904-104009001
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The perfect pint is again helping The King’s Head in Horncastle pick up industry awards, this time from Lincolnshire brewer Batemans.

Joanne Buckland, tenant of the Bull Ring pub, was recognised at the annual Rewarding Success lunch organised by the brewery, picking up the Cellar Management award.

The award recognises the superb condition in which the beer at The King’s Head is stored and maintained to ensure its quality and the customer’s enjoyment.

This is the second time Joanne has received the award since she took over running the pub from her mother two years ago, and the sixth time in a row the pub has received the award, thanks to their continued dedication to serving the perfect pint every time.

A spokesman for Batemans said: “What really made The King’s Head stand out in this category was its consistency and high standards of cleanliness, stock rotation and cellar management, not just week after week, but year on year.”

Joanne said: “I’m thrilled to have won this award for the second time, particularly as I’m the only woman running a Batemans pub on her own in the country, and this is a responsibility that is often perceived as a man’s job.

“We’re the only pub in Horncastle that has been included in CAMRA’s Good Beer Guide, which I think can be attributed in part to the care we take with storing and serving our beer.”

Awards were also won by The Butcher and Beast in Heighington and The Plough in Nettleham for their floral displays in the Urban and Winter categories respectively.

Other victories for Lincolnshire included Sarah and Chris Sorrell from The Dog and Bone in Lincoln who received the Publican of the Year award, and The Ship Inn in Chapel St Leonards which won the Rural floral displays award.

Stuart Bateman, Managing Director of Batemans Brewery, added: “The Rewarding Success lunch is a highlight of the Batemans calendar, and it’s very important to us that our tenants feel valued and celebrated for all the hard work they do.

“We’d like to extend our congratulations to all those who won awards – we look forward to working with you throughout the rest of 2015 and beyond!”

The event was held at the brewery’s Visitor Centre, and attended by more than 80 tenants.