Bewdley pub nominated for four food awards

Going for gold: Daren and Louise Bale outside Bewdley pub The Hop Pole Inn.

Going for gold: Daren and Louise Bale outside Bewdley pub The Hop Pole Inn.

First published in News Kidderminster Shuttle: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter

A FAMILY-run Bewdley pub and restaurant is in the running to scoop a collection of prestigious food awards.

The Hop Pole Inn, Cleobury Road, has been shortlisted for four gongs - “restaurant of the year”, “outstanding contribution to food”, “customer service” and “best use of local produce”.

The potential food honours are part of two separate awards co-ordinated by tourism body Visit Worcestershire and lifestyle magazine Worcestershire Life.

The pub is run by husband and wife team Daren and Louise Bale who said they were “thrilled” to be shortlisted having only just celebrated their first year in the pub.

Following a refurbishment programme it has been a busy 12 months for the couple who have brought new jobs to the area and established the Hop Pole as a restaurant renowned for its food and local produce.

Mr Bale said: “The whole team has played a huge role in what has been a whirlwind 12 months. To be in with a chance of winning up to four food awards is one of the proudest moments of my career.

“I am delighted as our customers have really embraced what we’re trying to do in terms of using local produce, supporting Wyre Forest farmers and offering an affordable menu.

“I hope that winning blend will turn into an award-winning combination later this month.”

The Hop Pole will be visited by a number of mystery diners in the coming weeks. They will be scrutinising a number of food and customer service-related areas and then feed back to the judging panels.

Mrs Bale added that the Hope Pole Inn had even bigger plans for 2013 to tempt more people from across Wyre Forest to the Bewdley pub.

“To be shortlisted for four awards is fantastic. To us, it shows we’re doing something right in terms of our service, the relaxed atmosphere and our food.”

Mr and Mrs Bale and the staff team will be attending both award ceremonies at the end of October.

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9:40am Wed 10 Oct 12

Neville Farmer says...

Brilliant news for some really hard-working and talented people. Louise and Daren have proved that people in Wyre Forest do respect quality food, good service and great surroundings. I hope they win all the awards but just being nominated is proof enough.

Make sure you book on Sunday evening 21st for their Black Country Poetry dinner; the culmination of the Bewdley Book Week.

Performance poets, Heather Wastie and Brendan Hawthorne (Brewers Troupe) will be entertaining while Daren and Louise serve a traditional Black Country supper for only £15.
Brilliant news for some really hard-working and talented people. Louise and Daren have proved that people in Wyre Forest do respect quality food, good service and great surroundings. I hope they win all the awards but just being nominated is proof enough. Make sure you book on Sunday evening 21st for their Black Country Poetry dinner; the culmination of the Bewdley Book Week. Performance poets, Heather Wastie and Brendan Hawthorne (Brewers Troupe) will be entertaining while Daren and Louise serve a traditional Black Country supper for only £15. Neville Farmer
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11:24am Wed 10 Oct 12

Bluenose182 says...

That's a free ad is I've ever seen one Neville !!
That's a free ad is I've ever seen one Neville !! Bluenose182
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11:06pm Wed 10 Oct 12

harryurz says...

Whats a "performance poet" ?
Whats a "performance poet" ? harryurz
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11:38pm Wed 10 Oct 12

walkerno5 says...

One you have to stick premium "fuel" in.
One you have to stick premium "fuel" in. walkerno5
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