The Snowdrop in Lewes nets hat trick of accolades at the Great British Pub Awards

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A LEWES hostelry has swept the board in the regional section of The Great British Pubs Awards 2012.

The Snowdrop Inn clinched not one but THREE titles in the South East and London area.

The South Street premises was named as Best Freehouse, Best Food Pub and Best Cask Beer Pub.

It beat off the challenge of numerous pubs across the region to claim the outstanding hat-trick.

The awards, organised by leading pub industry magazine the Publican’s Morning Advertiser, are recognised as the Oscars of the pub world.

Independent judges visited all the competiing pubs to assess them.

The Publican’s Morning Advertiser Editor Rob Willock said of the Best Freehouse award: “It recognises the freehouse that has best developed its business over the past 12 months.

“The Snowdrop has a fantastic offer for its customers and is a worthy winner of the award.”

Of the Best Food Pub title, Mr Willock said: “It recognises the pub with the best traditional pub food offering. The judges looked for evidence of the revenue generated by food sales and how this had been increased in the past 12 months.”

He said the Best Cask Beer Pub award was for the hostelry that has best promoted and driven sales of cask beer and which is a significant part of the pub’s business success.

The Snowdrop will now go forward to the Great British Pub Awards final, held at the Hilton Hotel in London’s Park Lane on September 13 and hosted by comedian Jason Manford, where it will be up against other regional winners.

John Bexon, Greene King Head Brewer, said: “Congratulations to The Snowdrop Inn for making it into the final.

“It’s their passion and commitment to providing drinkers with the perfect pint of cask ale that’s got them this far and I wish them all the best for the final.”

The Snowdrop Inn is run by Dominic McCartan and Tony Leonard.

The couple bought the pub from Punch Taverns in September 2009 and transformed the fortunes of the formerly run-down site with imagination and a lot of hard work. They also ran two Brighton pubs, The Spotted Dog / Hop Poles and The Eagle for 12 years until earlier this year.

Dominic said: “To be regional winner in any one of these categories would be fantastic. To win all three is beyond words. We are absolutely stunned!”

Tony said: “We are looking forward to the national finals in London in September but to be honest we are really thrilled to have got this far. Anything else is a bonus.”