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Five Bells Inn, in East Brabourne, near Ashford, wins top prize in National Pub & Bar Awards 2019

By Sam Williams

A cosy village pub is celebrating after being named the best venue in the county.

The Five Bells Inn, in East Brabourne, near Ashford, has won the top prize in this year's National Pub & Bar Awards.

The historic inn, in The Street, dates back to the 16th century and is set on a hillside at the foot of the North Downs.

Five Bells Inn (8743831)
Five Bells Inn (8743831)

It offers food, drink and overnight stays in its four suites.

Manager Lee Sassone-Corsi said of the news: "It is great news that we have won the title again.

"We have a great reputation and are very popular - all our food is locally sourced and we provide a great atmosphere."

The Five Bells Inn is one of 94 winners which have been announced this week - one pub for each county in the UK.

All the venues, which have been selected on overall best practice across a number of operational categories, will be officially crowned at a red carpet celebration in London next month.

The award ceremony, hosted by restaurant critic Jay Rayner, will see 15 regional winners announced, as well as the esteemed accolade - the overall National Pub & Bar of the Year.

Tristan O’Hana, editor of Pub & Bar magazine, which hosts the event, said: "Selecting this year’s 94 county winners has been nothing short of inspiring.

"From idyllic countryside pubs to inner city cocktail bars, this is the most eclectic and exciting industry in the world.

"It’s a privilege to help these businesses get the recognition they deserve."

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