A Bedford couple have won acclaim for being top newcomers to the pub industry.
Roland and Kay Keech, who run The Castle, a Charles Wells pub in Newnham Street, have been named joint winners of Best Newcomer 2014 for the East Anglia & East Midlands region in the Great British Pub Awards 2014.
The awards are organised by pub industry magazine, the Publican’s Morning Advertiser.
Kay and Roland took on The Castle in July 2013 and after closing the doors briefly in January to open up the bar area and redecorate inside and out, the new-look Castle was unveiled earlier this year with new menus and rooms.
Kay and Roland will now go forward to the national final in London on September 11.