Rob and Lucy Brewer, managers of The Rashleigh Arms in St Austell, have been named as the winners of the 2016 Licensee of the Year Awards.

Beating a shortlist of six licensees, the Brewers were commended by The British Institute of Innkeeping (BII) judging panel for their enthusiasm as well as experience.

Awarded at yesterday’s (June 7) annual BII summer event, the couple distinguished themselves from the competition “thanks to their commitment to going above and beyond to differentiate their offering”.

“We are so proud to be the winners of the Licensee of the Year Awards,” said Rob Brewer, “especially as a Cornish pub. I think the number one economy in Cornwall is based around tourism, bringing people into the county to come and visit us. So anything that we can do that helps promote that I think is a massive plus.’

BII CEO, Mike Clist, added: “We were really impressed by Rob and Lucy as a shining example of running a licensed establishment. As well as enthusiasm and passion for the Great British pub industry, they’re also very involved in their local community making them a social hub for the picturesque seaside village of Charlestown.”