Star pub wins Bishop's Stortford Business Improvement District award
Bishop's Stortford Business Improvement District (BID) has named the Star pub in Bridge Street as its top trader for March.
The Business of the Month accolade, recognising top customer service and investment in the town was handed to manager Samantha Cobell and her team by BID chairwoman Karen Burton.
Late last year, the Bridge Street hostelry underwent a £150,000 investment with a refurbished bar area, new furniture and revamped beer garden with pagoda for al fresco drinking and eating.
Samantha said: "I was over the moon to find out that the Star had been nominated as 'Business of the Month' by the new local Business Improvement District. Our recent refurbishment has really made the pub stand out. I couldn't be more proud of my team and it is wonderful to receive recognition like this for our customer service."
The Star is owned by Stonegate Pub Company, based in Luton, which employs 13,500 people overall - 50% aged under 25.
Although the Star is 400 years old, Stonegate took over four years ago after buying TCG Ltd's 68 pub estate.
The pub employs 18 staff with four seasonal workers. Samantha said: "This 17th century building is in the centre of town. We cater for all age groups no matter what your looking for, weekdays are great to unwind where we keep the traditional atmosphere of the pub, with great daily deals and a fantastic quiz night, then at the weekends open until 2am Friday and Saturday serving great food and drinks, and a fabulous cocktail menu."
She hoped the BID would help tackle parking issues in the town and was looking forward to events it is planning, like an annual celebration of the town's gin-making heritage.