Master Cellarman of the Year and The Russell Page Award 2019

The winners of Fuller’s Master Cellarman of the Year and The Russell Page Award for 2019 were revealed on Tuesday 2 July.

The awards, which were held at The Swan in Bayswater, recognise and celebrate pubs that maintain excellence in the art of cellar management, beer quality and knowledge.

Fuller’s Chief Executive Simon Emeny said: “Beer quality and having the best-kept cellars in the country will always be part of Fuller’s pubs. The values of this competition are embedded in the business and will continue to evolve moving forward.”

Fuller's Master Cellarman of the Year and Russell Page Award winners 2019

What is a Master Cellarman?

Master Cellarman is an industry-leading accreditation offered to Fuller’s pubs that raises the bar in beer quality, ensuring customers always get the best possible pint.

Pubs need to sustain a score of at least 90% across four visits throughout the year from Fuller’s Trade Quality Team to obtain Master Cellarman status. If successful, the pub will receive its Master Cellarman badge – demonstrating the pub’s commitment to keeping a high-quality cellar and the best possible quality beer.

During these visits, Trade Quality Advisors audit the cleanliness of the cellar, the quality of the beer and the general upkeep of the bar.

Master Cellarman of the Year

Each year, Master Cellarman accredited pubs that have achieved an average score of 96% or above across all audits in a year are automatically in the running for the title of Master Cellarman of the year. The finalist pubs are audited and judged by beer and cellar experts.

This year’s final round judges were Ashley Cherrett, Fuller's Trade Quality Team Leader, and last year's Master Cellarman winner Monica Lishman, Licensee of The Beehive in Wandsworth.

The 2019 Master Cellarman winners are:

Master Cellarman Award winner 2019

The Red Lion in Barnes won the prestigious title of Master Cellarman of the Year Award for 2019. This is the fourth time the pub has won the award since 2007, and the pub was highly commended for ‘going a step beyond’ with training of staff in beer quality, combined with its perfectly kept cellar.

The Red Lion Manager Angus McKean, who has co-managed the pub with Claire Morgan for the past 15 years, said:

“We put a lot of time into staff training and cellar quality, and the award shows that paying attention to all the finer details comes together to form a bigger picture. Winning the award is recognition of all the little details that you put into your work.”

Other Master Cellarman finalists included:

The Russell Page Award

The Russell Page Award winner was also revealed at the event. The award recognises a pub that has shown exemplary quality and promotion of the Fuller’s brand as well as outstanding customer service. The winner has unwavering passion for and excellent knowledge of Fuller’s beers.

The Russell Page Award was created in memory of a former member of the Fuller’s team who passed away in April 2015. Russell worked for Fuller’s for 33 years promoting high standards in beer quality throughout the business and, during his time, he always strived for perfection in everything he did. His unwavering enthusiasm, passion and motivation to fight for that best pint were admired by many in the industry. The award allows his legacy to live on and the great work he started to continue.

The award is open to any pub that stocks Fuller’s beers, and nominees are visited by a mystery shopper.

The Russell Page Award winner for 2019

Russell Page Award winner 2019

The Jugged Hare in Victoria won The Russell Page award for 2019 and was also a finalist for the Master Cellarman Award.

Grazina Tenyte, Manager of The Jugged Hare, said: “It’s so nice to receive this award – I believe my team is the key to success. For us, being nominated gave us even more motivation to do better, and we will continue to improve each day.”

Find a Master Cellarman pub

Hundreds of our pubs have achieved Master Cellarman status, meaning your perfect pint isn’t far away.

Click here to find a Master Cellarman pub near you.