A COUNTRY pub near Ross-on-Wye has been crowned winner at a national awards ceremony, for having consistently good dishes from the kitchen.

The Moody Cow in Upton Bishop was named winner of the 'best food offer' category at a leading industry group's annual Awards for Excellence. E

The pub and restaurant, owned by publican Chris Burgess, strive to ensure customers have the best experience when they visit, including quality food made from scratch by Head Chef Tom Piper

Their menu evolves daily, a minimum of two new dishes developed every week and the team said they are also happy to cook a bespoke dish if a guest has a complex range of intolerances.

The Ei Group is the UK’s largest owner and operator of community pubs, and their Chief Executive recognises how important food at a pub is.

Simon Townsend said: “The majority of people say one of the most important factors that would make them choose one pub over another is high quality food.

Chris and his team recognise this, and have worked hard to provide locals and people from further afield with a top-quality food offer.”

Each pub faced scrutiny from a judging panel made up of industry experts and senior figures before site visits were conducted by pub expert Phil Dixon. Finalists were invited to attend a gala awards ceremony at the Old Thorns Hotel in Hampshire on July 2.