Landlords Martin Wood and Samantha Halfyard – who also have a microbrewery at the pub – presented the award. They have previously had one of their bestselling beers, ‘Rash’, sold at the Strangers’ Bar in the Houses of Parliament.
Both Martin and Sam have worked in the pub trade for many years. Martin has 25 years under his belt, winning CAMRA Pub of The Year three times at two different venues, and CAMRA Cider Pub of The Year once, amongst other awards. Sam has 7 years in the trade, working closely alongside Martin.
The award has been made to certain Members of Parliament who have gone the extra mile to support Britain’s brewing and pub industries.
It was started by the Beer & Pub Association and SIBA, two organisations that wanted to recognise the role of MPs who supported Britain’s national drink during the 2010-2015 Parliament. It recognises acts of advocacy in Parliament, in votes, supportive motions, and debates.
In particular, the award highlights support in securing two historic cuts in beer duty in the 2013 and 2014 Budgets, helping to secure jobs, investment and keeping beer affordable for consumers.
Andrew Gwynne MP said:
“I am so proud to receive this award. Pubs makes a huge contribution to our national life and I will always stand on the side of local pubs in my constituency.”
Brigid Simmonds, Chief Executive of the British Beer & Pub Association, said:
“MPs of all parties made a huge difference in achieving the second historic duty cuts in 2013 and 2014, and deserve our thanks and recognition. We are delighted to honour their contribution to this achievement.
“I hope even more MPs will join calls for a third duty cut in this year’s Budget on 18th March.”
SIBA managing director Mike Benner said:
“We are enormously grateful to the MPs whose support for British beer over recent years has created a far more optimistic outlook for our industry.
“As a result of the consecutive beer duty cuts, our members feel more confident about the future of British brewing and are investing in their business and creating local employment, with an estimated 1,600 new jobs in SIBA breweries last year.”