A pub and restaurant company with its flagship site in Tring has been named the Pub of the Year 2013 at a national awards ceremony.
Oakman Inns and Restaurants – which owns The Akeman in Tring, the Kings Arms in Berkhamsted and the Red Lion in Water End – scooped the gong at the R200 awards in London’s Shoreditch, organised by trade magazine Restaurant.
First launched in 2008, R200 is a networking organisation for the top 200 restaurant groups in the UK, based on the number of sites they own.
The competition involved the drawing up of a shortlist for each category before R200 members voted for their chosen winner.
Chief executive Peter Borg-Neal said: “This is a huge honour and very unexpected. The fact that it’s been voted for by one’s peers – even competitors – means so much to me and all my team.
“We are a relatively young company that is evolving and growing, and being voted Pub of the Year will spur us on in 2014.”
Oakman Inns currently has 10 pubs and restaurants in its portfolio, and will be opening its latest venture – The Crown and Thistle in Abingdon, Oxfordshire – at the end of the month following a £1.8 million refurbishment.