We’d like to express ‘Massive’ gratitude for everyone that voted for us for the Nottingham Post Food & Drinks Awards last month!
You may or may not know… we bloody won ‘Best Pub in Nottingham’!
The awards were held at the East Midlands Conference Centre, and they did a great job of feeding and watering us (…maybe too much), and we met some great people from other great venues in and around Nottinghamshire.
We were short-listed by votes from our lovely customers along with the Malt Cross in the City Centre & the Victoria Hotel in Beeston. We’re so pleased to have won the award after a long 5 years of turning the Four Bells into a great venue.
After a few beers, and a few more beers, we had some great photos with Greg Wallace who was hosting the event!
A big thanks to everyone for their support over the last 5 years and here’s to the next!
What the Nottingham Post had to say about us…
IT has been a difficult decade for the pub industry in general,with city bars and rural hostelries closing by the day.
But the winner of this category is a thriving village inn, at the very heart of the community in Woodborough.
Scores of regulars nominated the Four Bells, extolling the excellent beer and wine,friendly staff and top quality home-cooked food.
Caring is a word that cropped up regularly in the nominations that poured in for the pub. Craig and Gaynor Smith were described as outstanding landlords, who are genuinely welcoming whether you’re a
regular, a stranger, a child or even a dog.
They lead a friendly team, who are attentive, helpful and humorous.
Customer Laura Shaw said: “The landlord and landlady have put their heart and soul into this pub and it shows.”
Special mussels nights, enormous Sunday roasts and juicy burgers were singled out for praise.
Nominator Peter Blair bigged up the high-end choice of fish, meat and game, all great tasting dishes that the pub’s customers love.”Try the chips too. Amazing!” he concluded.
A home from home is how one regular described the pub, adding: “Couldn’t ask for more from a local.”
Many nominations hailed the pub as a “true centre of the community”, reflected in celebratory and charity events – from a “rip roaring” New Year’s party to a royal wedding street party and a fundraising kissing
One nominator said: “I’m sure our dog would vote too if she could. I would travel to go there but we are lucky we can walk.”
Judge Peter Blackburn, the Post’s beer expert, said: “This is a tremendously warm and friendly village pub, welcoming to locals and visitors alike. “The quality of beer is good and the wine list is excellent. “The food is as good as can possibly be hoped for from a pub. Very impressive quality, provenance and presentation
We thank you again,
Love Craig & Gaynor & the team!