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Good food helps Olive Branch become UK Pub of the Year

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The Olive Branch in Clipsham, Rutland has been named UK Pub of the Year. 

It received the accolade from The Good Pub Guide 2014 and has been described as "the ultimate pub experience", with the quality of of its food highlighted as one of the venue's main attributes. 

Fiona Stapley, joint editor of the The Good Pub Guide, commented: "It’s civilised but warmly friendly, has a carefully chosen range of drinks, offers exceptional food and lovely bedrooms." 

The Olive Branch is run by business partners Ben Jones and Sean Hope who took over the venue in 1999. Mr Jones said he attributes the success of the pub to the hard work of the team who work there.

"We all have a passion for the produce we serve, from the real ale through to the food, and we all have a passion for serving our customers to the best of our abilities," he stated. 

Mr Hope, who is the pub's head chef, said the effects of the recession has forced the team to work hard to turn the Olive Branch into an all-round attractive venue and the award allows them to be confident they are heading in the right direction. 

This is not the first time the venue has received recognition from the Good Pub Guide, but Mr Jones told the Rutland Times the business does not go out of its way to win such accolades and has tried to move away from the pressures of Michelin Stars and awards since he and Mr Hope took over.

The UK pub industry enjoyed a positive month in July - which is good news for catering equipment suppliers - with statistics from the latest Coffer Peach Business Tracker showing managed venues saw a total like-for-like sales increase of 2.9 per cent, while drink-led outlets experienced growth of 5.7 per cent.

Warm weather and the fact last year's figures were affected by the build-up the Olympics are believed to be the primary factors behind this impressive performance.ADNFCR-16001031-ID-801631198-ADNFCR

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