|Stalybridge Buffet Bar team pick up another award|
The team behind The Sportsman have won a prestigious award for their latest venture.
This week the Stalybridge Buffet Bar won Pub of the Year at the Manchester Food & Drink Awards.
The landlady is Sam Smith, who divides her time between running what is an integral part of the real ale trail and the treble-award winning The Sportsman in the centre of Huddersfield.
The buffet bar on Stalybridge train station has also been among the awards of late. It recently won its local CAMRA branch's pub of the year.
Now it's claimed another. The latest award was announced at the glittering Gala Dinner event held in the Great Hall in Manchester Town Hall.
The bar's press release tells us the Manchester Food and Drink Awards are a benchmark for excellence in the hospitality industries, and for foodies.
The Stalybridge team were up against tough competition and it’s a tremendous achievement after only a year in charge.
The MFDF Awards shortlisted was curated by the MFDF Judging Panel, made up of the region's leading food and drink critics and experts.
The shortlisted venues were then mystery shopped by the judging panel and the scores of from these visits were then combined with votes made by the public over the last month via the MFDF website.
Stalybridge Buffet Bar Co-owner Mike Field said: "After only 12 months in charge we are delighted to have won this important award.
"The competition was very good and the warmth of our reception by the audience at Manchester Town Hall showed how much the buffet bar is loved by local people. Believe me it has been a team effort but I must single out Sam and Caroline for their contributions.
"I would like to think it was, at least in part, due to the refurbishment carried out last year when the station closed that we caught the judges eyes. My partner, Sarah Barnes, worked tirelessly to get the job done.
"More needs doing and rest assured that we will keep up the good work."
Pictured are Mike Field, his partner Mary, managers of the Buffet Bar Sam Smith and Caroline Barnes with the award.