Thame pub celebrates Observer Food Monthly Awards hat-trick

Left to right: Frazer Sutherland, Evelin Rae and Tom Upham of The Thatch in Thame
Left to right: Frazer Sutherland, Evelin Rae and Tom Upham of The Thatch in Thame

Bosses at a Thame pub are ‘over the moon’ after being recognised in three categories of this year’s Observer Food Monthly Awards.

The Thatch was named runner-up in Best Restaurants, Best Sunday Lunch and Best Place to Drink in the south, as voted for by the magazine’s readers.

The Lower High Street pub’s manager, Evelin Rae, said: “There’s tremendous competition and so many big names in every single category so to be honoured alongside them is really fantastic, especially when the voting is completely in the hands of the public.

“Simply being nominated for an Observer Food Monthly Award is brilliant in itself, but being runner-up in three different categories is more than we could have hoped for, an amazing hat-trick.

“We do work hard to make the pub a good place to eat and drink and to put great food on our guests’ plates and great wine and beer in their glasses.

“It takes a great team to do this, and of course great guests to appreciate it by voting for us, and we’d like to thank every single one of them for doing that.”

In awarding a runners-up place in the Sunday lunch category, the judges said The Thatch was a ‘superior gastropub, serious about its beef, with a lovely market town setting’.

Judges also singled out the pub’s ‘impressive wine list’ and said its food warranted a visit throughout the week.

The pub’s salad and vegetable supplier, David Newman from Bucksum Salads in Long Crendon, picked up an award of his own, being named Best Local Farmer.

The glitzy London awards ceremony celebrated the best in British food and drink, from grass-root producers to the most famous chefs.

The awards, in their tenth year, were hosted by Jay Rayner and Great British Bake Off presenter Sue Perkins, and even the trophies were edible.