The Kean’s Head in Nottingham’s Lace Market, has been named runner up in the Addlestones People’s Choice Award 2008 at the PubChef Top 30 Gastropub Awards in London. The nationwide award, organised by Addlestones, the cider firm, invited the UK public to vote for its favourite foodie pub – and the Kean’s Head came in the top three.
The Kean’s Head, St Mary’s Gate, was nominated by local gastropub lovers because of its relaxed atmosphere and traditional feel. The manger and head chef, Charlie Blomeley, has been with the pub since it was reopened by Castle Rock Brewery in 2004. Influenced by her love of British cuisine, as well as her training under Italian chefs, her menu is delicious, diverse and a delight on the eye.
Among its celebrated dishes are homemade Scotch Eggs, which uses a secret recipe, and is considered best in the area by many. Other favourites include the Old English Rabbit Pie.
Charlie says, “We’re as pleased as punch to have been given this award. Being recognised by our customers means so much and we owe our nomination to our great team here at The Kean’s Head who work hard to create a memorable dining experience. And, of course, it’s thanks to everyone who voted for us.”
In order to be included in the awards all nominated pubs had to meet tough criteria:
· Specialise in high-quality food a step above the more basic “pub grub”
· Place emphasis on the quality of food served
· Have a menu that complements the assortment of beers, wines and ciders the gastropub offers
· Be famed for their use of fresh, local ingredients
Speaking for the Addlestones, Rhodri Williams, says, “Congratulations to The Kean’s Head. There have been many great entries from all over the UK, from Devon to the Isle of Skye and so it’s credit that The Kean’s Head is in the top three.”
Further plans for The Kean’s Head include building an allotment that the pub aims to get up and running in the spring to grow their own fruit and vegetables.
The Addlestones People’s Choice Gastropub Award is one of several presented at the prestigious PubChef Top 30 Gastropub Awards, which recognise the UK’s best gastropubs. While the other awards at the event are voted for by industry leaders, the Addlestones People’s Choice Gastropub Award was the only award voted for by the general public.