A pub chain that began in north Norfolk has won an award at a ceremony dubbed "the Oscars for the hospitality trade". 

Anglian Country Inns has won the Best Premium Food Offer at the 2024 Publican Awards for the fifth time in ten years.

The chain began 28 years ago when its founder, Cliff Nye, fell in love with a rundown pub on the Brancaster Staithe coast and transformed it into The White Horse which has become an award-winning destination.

The business has since expanded to take over venues across East Anglia.

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Howard Nye, operations director, said: "We are more than delighted to have won the Best Premium Food Offer title at The Publican Awards again this year.

"This award reflects the hard work that goes in, and our ongoing dedication to providing, top-quality food and drink experiences for our customers across north Norfolk and Hertfordshire.

"The hospitality industry has been - and continues to be - an ever changing, ever challenging environment so to be recognised for delivering the best premium food is truly an astonishing accolade and truly appreciated."

Ed Bedington, editor of pub trade publication The Morning Advertiser which organises the awards, said: "These awards are the Oscars for the hospitality trade and are the ones to win for all operators in the sector.

"The judging process is rigorous and fair, and we put all our finalists through their paces before picking out our final winners.

"All companies shortlisted in the awards are outstanding businesses, so to come out ahead is a fantastic achievement and one to be proud of.

"It’s not an easy trading environment for the hospitality sector now, but these award-winning companies are embracing those challenges and delivering incredible results in spite of the adversity they face, which is wonderful to see."