Village pub competition 
reveals jewel in The Crown

Lisa and Ian Mendola of The Crown, Gawcott
Lisa and Ian Mendola of The Crown, Gawcott

The Crown pub at Gawcott has been recognised for its hard work in the Aylesbury Vale Village Pub competition.

Landlords Ian and Lisa Mendola were awarded the Best Value Food Pub for 2012-2013 and came runner-up in the Best Family Pub categories.

Nominations for the annual awards are submitted by local residents before judges mark the pubs selected in a mystery shopper-style assessment.

The Mendolas will have been at The Crown in Gawcott for two years in January and are delighted with their success.

Mr Mendola said: “We would like to thank everybody for their nominations and their votes and in particular the community because without them we would not be where we are today.”

The couple won the Community Pub of the Year award in 2011 when they ran The Crown at Tingewick.

Mr Mendola added: “We built the foundations of our success in Tingewick and managed to carry it over to Gawcott. It is as much about us being here for the community as it is about them supporting us so we hope to continue to provide good service.”

The Crown hosts monthly community lunches for OAPs, school dinners for Finmere Primary School twice a week and Saturday coffee mornings for local charities.

The Crown in Great Horwood was named one to watch and highly recommended overall as was Adstock’s The Old Thatched Inn which came runner-up in the food category. The Green Man in Mursley and The Pilgrim in North Marston were commended in the Community section, with the latter also being commended on its food.

The Swan, Grendon Underwood, was also a finalist.