Once again, the Fitzherbert Arms was part of the 94 pubs and bars across England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland who scooped a prestigious County Winner title as part of the 2023 National Pub & Bar Magazine Awards. This is the fourth time the Fitzherbert team have been recognised by the publication as Staffordshire’s Best Pub since the Fitz re-opened in 2016 after a period of closure.
The National Pub & Bar Awards aims to put exemplary businesses across the UK in the national spotlight, showcasing the hospitality industry’s diversity, creativity and vital importance to the UK economy.
The announcement of this year’s 94 County Winners shows the level of quality being delivered to pub and bar visitors every day of the week.
The Fitzherbert Arms was selected on overall best practice across a number of operational categories and was officially crowned at a ‘red carpet’ celebration at 30 Euston Square, London, on Wednesday 23 June 2023.
Head Chef Connor joined owners Tim and Mary on the trip to London to celebrate the award and enjoyed time in the City looking at food operations of interest.
Mary said “we are very proud indeed of the Fitzherbert Team. They have shown an amazing degree of consistency over the years and deserve this award. It was great to be accompanied by Connor our head chef who plays a very big part, with his kitchen team, in the success of the Fitz, a big well done and thank you!”
We certainly got lucky with the weather as 12 teams rocked up to compete in the 7th annual Fitzherbert Car Treasure Hunt. The pairs were sent off into the lovely Staffordshire countryside picking up clues and answering challenging quiz questions along the route!
All arrived back safely after a couple of hours and enjoyed a much-needed drink and complimentary nibbles while Tim set about marking the papers. It took a while as everything was very close indeed, so there was a need for a series of recounts!
There was a draw for third place between the lone driver team led by Alan of the Flintstones in his Aston Martin, the ‘Youngsters’ in their MGB (pictured) also came in third and team ‘Squtternut Bosch’ too in their Mini Clubman. When there is a draw then the highest Treasure Hunt score alone decides who is victorious and it was the ‘Squatternut Bosch’ Team that managed to win third overall! So winning a £20 gift card.
In second place were treasure hunt heroes the ‘Balmy Army’ their X Trail who collected a £40 gift card.
The winners of the Cup and a ‘Porsche for the Day’ and so becoming the Fitzherbert Arms Treasure Hunt Champions of 2022 were Matt and Helena, the ‘Two in a Box’ Team in their Porsche Boxter!
Well done to all the teams who took part, you all did very well indeed. We hope to see you all again soon. We raised £130.00 for our two charities….Hospitality Action and Action Against Hunger. Thank you for competing and making it another great day at the Fitzherbert Arms.