Master Cellarman of the Year 2014

Beer is a living, temperamental product, which needs to be looked after once it leaves Chiswick HQ, and our Trade Quality team inspect our pubs to ensure every pint is as fresh and delicious as it is when it leaves the brewery.

We have over 200 pubs with ‘Master Cellarman’ status – an exclusive Fuller’s award handed to managers and tenants whose attention to detail and care for their cellars have made them some of the best in our estate, but there’s only one pub that wins the top prize every year.

Master Cellarman 2014

Helen Wilson at The Mad Bishop and Bear in Paddington station is our current Master Cellarman of 2014, and explains what sets her apart from the rest.

 “We entered the competition last year and I was delighted to win best newcomer and second overall, but to win the title this year is an amazing achievement. Over the last few years I have enjoyed the huge challenge of bringing the pub back to life, including regaining the lost Master Cellarman status for the pub and increasing the stillage capacity from 12 to 21 barrels.

“Earlier this year we brewed our own beer, using only English hops and malts, and sold 18 barrels of it in less than 30 days. We sell more London Pride than any other draught product we stock and now always need five 18 gallon barrels on the stillage to keep up with demand. It takes an amazing team behind our efforts and everyone who works at the Mad Bishop and Bear takes pride in what we have achieved and is focussed on continuing to serve great beer.”

The judging panel included beer writer Melissa Cole and Fuller’s head brewer John Keeling.

“When you visit a Fuller's pub which has been awarded Master Cellarman status, you can be safe in the knowledge that the beer they serve is in the best possible condition – just as it is when it leaves the brewery gates. Even more incredibly, all eight of our finalists this year received top marks during the judging, showing just how high the standard is.” - John Keeling, Fuller's Head Brewer

The second place Master Cellarman of the Year award went to Tom Hayden at the Partridge, Bromley while Lisa Walker at the Queens Head, Chesham and Rob and Rachel Burrows from the Pointer, Isle of Wight, were jointly named in third place. The Best Newcomer award went to Kim Rennie at the Crystal Palace in Bath.

The other Master Cellarman finalists were: Julian at the Fox and Goose Hotel in Ealing and Bryan Walsh at the Harpenden Arms, Harpenden.

Previous Master Cellarman winners
2013 - Angus McKean and Claire Morgan, Red Lion, Barnes
2012 - Bryan Walsh, Harpenden Arms, Harpenden
2011 - Jim and Laura Ross, The Swan Hotel, Staines
2010 - Jason and Karen Tinklin, The Star Tavern, Belgravia
2009 - Angus McKean and Claire Morgan, Red Lion, Barnes
2008 - Bryan Walsh, Harpenden Arms, Harpenden
2007 - Angus McKean, Red Lion, Barnes
2006 - Ben Bagguley, The Jugged Hare, Victoria
2005 - Trevor Gingeli, The Railway Tavern, Carshalton
2004 - Trevor Gingeli, The Railway Tavern, Carshalton
         - Ray Taylor, The Holly Bush, St Albans
2003 - Trevor Gingeli, The Railway Tavern, Carshalton
2002 - Trevor Gingeli, The Railway Tavern, Carshalton
2001 - John Robinson, The Robin Hood, Tring
2000 - John Robinson, The Robin Hood, Tring
1999 - Glen Williams, The Prince Albert, Twickenham