A couple who took on a Cotswold village pub just six-months-ago have already had the quality of their roast dinners recognised in a UK-wide competition.

Tom and Siobhan Addy’s Carpenters Arms, in Fulbrook, was shortlisted in The Great British Roast Dinner Competition 2019.

The pub’s Sunday lunch menu includes two roasts: ‘roast Jesse Smith’s beef, with Yorkshire pudding and all the trimmings’; plus ‘roasted chicken breast’ with ‘fondant potato, black pudding bon-bon, creamed leeks, kale’.

Tom said: “Like the rest of our dishes, the roasts here use only the very best quality and freshest ingredients, all of which are sourced locally, including the beef, which comes from Cirencester’s Jesse Smith Butchers. We’re delighted to have been shortlisted, particularly so soon after taking on the pub, and will aim to go one better and win, next year.”

The Carpenters Arms was among 20 entrants in the competition – 15 in the meat category, and five in a new category for vegetarian and vegan roasts.

Tom and Siobhan invested in the Fulbrook Hill pub alongside market-leading community pub operator Hawthorn Leisure, and reopened it in April. Hawthorn Leisure operates more than 650 community pubs across England, Scotland and Wales, owned by specialist leisure and retail property company NewRiver.

Run by ingredients supplier Knorr Professional, the competition aims to find ‘the most exceptional roast dinner in Great Britain’. Entries were judged on innovation, seasonality, and the ability to cater to customers with special dietary requirements.

Tom used to be head chef at Stoke Park, a five-star luxury hotel, spa, golf and country club, in Buckinghamshire; while Siobhan was part of the management team at Berkshire’s five-star Cliveden House Hotel. They met in 2014 while working at the Michelin-starred Royal Oak Paley Street, in Maidenhead, co-owned by television personality Michael Parkinson and his son, Nick.

Menus at The Carpenters Arms, which dates from the 17th century, feature gastropub-style food across several menus, including a specials board. Typical dishes are black pudding scotch egg, citrus cured salmon, beer batter haddock, and vanilla panna cotta.

Hawthorn Leisure managing director of operations Mark McGinty said: “This quite an accolade for Tom and Siobhan, just a few months after taking on The Carpenters Arms, and is testament to the very high quality of their food. The pub has also been recognised for its exceptional quality by TripAdvisor, something else that I’m sure will spur them to even greater heights.”

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