Parkers Arms on Taste of England Award shortlist

Parkers Arms, Newton in Bowland, in running for Taste of England Award
Parkers Arms, Newton in Bowland, in running for Taste of England Award
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A country dining pub in the Ribble Valley is in the top five competing for the 2014 Taste of England Award.

The Parkers Arms, Newton-in-Bowland, is on the shortlist for the category title in the annual Visit England Awards for Excellence.

Co-owner and chef Stosie Madi and staff are up against keen competition from Yorkshire, Merseyside, Worcestershire and Devon.

They will get to know how they have fared at the award ceremony at Cheltenham racecourse on Monday, May 12.

In the past 12 months, the Parkers Arms has enjoyed a bumper crop of awards: Craft Guild of Chefs Pub Restaurant Chef of the Year, Taste Lancashire 2013, Top 50 Gastropubs and semi-finalists in BII Licensee of the Year.

Kathy Smith, of the Parkers Arms, said: “Just when we thought it couldn’t get any better, we are delighted to find out that we have reached the finals of the prestigious national tourism wards.

“For our small, independently owned family run rural pub to represent the North- West in these awards is truly an honour. To be one of the top five throughout the country is an amazing achievement, and well done Parkers team”.

James Berresford, chief executive of Visit England, said: “We receive hundreds of applications each year of an extremely high standard, so it is a tremendous achievement for the Parkers Arms to become a finalist and to represent the top five in their category in England.