Exmouth bar wins 'Oscars of the trade'

PUBLISHED: 06:30 19 October 2016

Left to right: Faith Holland (Diageo GB), George Nightingale, Luke Healy, Adam Stephens and comedian Katherine Ryan

Left to right: Faith Holland (Diageo GB), George Nightingale, Luke Healy, Adam Stephens and comedian Katherine Ryan

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An Exmouth hostelry, whose owner boasts possibly the biggest collection of spirits in the country, has been awarded a title known as the 'Oscars of the trade' for its spirits bar.

Spoken, on The Strand, which serves around 850 spirits, has been crowned best spirit bar in the UK - for the last three years it won the South West regional title.

The pub, opened six years ago, was presented with the accolade at The Great British Pub Awards in London. More than 1,300 pubs entered the 16 category competition.

Spoken owner George Nightingale, whose strongest spirit is Irish poteen with 90 per cent alcohol, said: “The team and I are delighted to have received national recognition for the hard work that has gone into Spoken and the products it offers.

“We are so proud of winning the national title after being runners-up for the previous three years. “Our refurbishment has been the primary driver to ensuring the viability of the business and the 15 people employed here.”

George added: “We most definitely have the biggest stock of spirits in Devon, if not the country.

“The investment in the products is something else for Spoken to shout about.”

George stocks more than 150 vodkas, 100 gins and 10 different tonic waters at his bar. His rarest spirit, an American bourbon, took him more than 18 months to obtain.

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