The Carpenters Arms, Fulbrook, has been announced as a finalist in the Great British Pub Awards for its fantastic work in supporting the local community.

Shortlisted in the Hawthorn Pub of the Year category, Pub Partners Ryan Humphrey, Tom Addy and Siobhan Addy impressed the judges with their exemplary standards and dedication to the local community, and now face stiff competition from the five other finalists.

The pub is owned by Hawthorn, the community pub company, which owns more than 700 pubs across Scotland, England and Wales. 

A true community hub, The Carpenters Arms is well-known for its delicious, high-end, freshly-prepared food, often made with herbs and vegetables grown in the pub garden, and frequently pushes culinary boundaries by using ingredients such as llama. The pub has also begun selling a range of homemade sauces, dressings, pickles and gravy made by Head Chef, Tom, and is considered a must visit by locals.

The Carpenters Arms also impressed the judges with its dedication to the local community. Tom uses local produce where possible, and is also committed to stocking local ales and using local trades for improvements. The pub also stayed open throughout lockdown in order to serve the local community, and quickly pivoted to create a successful home delivery and collection service, whilst it also holds regular events for locals, including BBQs, wine tasting nights and cocktail nights.

Tom, Siobhan and Ryan, who have been running the pub for two years, said: “It’s great to be recognised in this way for what we’re doing at The Carpenter’s Arms. We’ve worked really hard and are very proud of everything we’ve achieved to build the pub into what it is. This is our first business together, so it’s fantastic to have our work so well received by the locals and to be recognised as a finalist in the Great British Pub Awards. ”

The finalists will be visited by the judges over the next few weeks, with the winners set to be revealed on Tuesday 28th September.. This years’ awards will take on a hybrid format to include a livestreamed awards ceremony and an overall winners’ event, where one overall winner from across all of the categories will go on to be awarded the title of Great British Pub of the Year.

Andrew Parker, Director of Leased and Tenanted Operations at Hawthorn, said: “We are thrilled for Tom, Siobhan, Ryan and the whole team at The Carpenter’s Arms for being announced as finalists in the Great British Pub Awards. At Hawthorn we encourage all of our Partners to be community heroes and this nomination is testament to the hard work Tom, Siobhan and Ryan have put into making the pub a thriving community hub. The work they have done for the local community is admirable, and we wish everyone at The Carpenters Arms the best of luck.”

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