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Paul and Emma Ainsworth receive ‘Best Newcomer’ at The Estrella Damm Top 50 Gastropubs Awards 2020

The Mariners pub in Rock was awarded the prestigious ‘Best Newcomer’ award at the Estrella Damm Top 50 Gastropubs award ceremony at Port Lympne Hotel & Reserve, Kent. Having acquired the lease and relaunched the legendary pub in May 2019, Paul and Emma Ainsworth have transformed the space, creating a thriving hub for locals and visitors alike with a menu championing the best of local cuisine and pub classics with Ainsworth’s renowned creative flair. The pub also secured a very impressive entry at number 23 in the Top 50 List.

Speaking of the win, Paul said: “I’m completely stunned and delighted to have not only won Best Newcomer, but to have been placed so high in the actual Top 50! It’s a phenomenal achievement, especially considering Emma and I only took it over and opened the doors in May last year. We couldn’t have done it without the incredible team we have at The Mariners, so I have to give a special shout out to Joe and Tom in the kitchen and Paul, Denniz and Simon out front. They are at the heart of the business and just keep pushing to get better and better; I couldn’t ask for more. I’ve also got to say a massive thank you to all of the locals for their continued support of The Mariners. It’s been an institution since the 90s and I’m so chuffed that it has remained first and foremost a destination for the local community, as well as a spot to visit for holidaymakers.”

Top 50 Gastropub Awards, in partnership with Estrella Damm, is a highly regarded annual hospitality accolade voted for by industry experts including food writers, chefs and pub guide critics that are collectively known as the Top 50 Gastropubs Voting Academy. Once nominated, the candidates are then judged by an elite foodie panel that includes The Good Food Guide editor, Elizabeth Carter.

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