Events to mark Warwick pub's tenth birthday

By Kevin Unitt 09/05 Updated: 09/05 09:31

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THE ROSE & Crown pub in the centre of Warwick celebrates its tenth birthday with a weekend of events starting tomorrow (Friday).

The popular Market Place watering hole, which opened in May 2002, is hosting live music, dancing and party games and fun for all the family over the coming days.

Visitors have been tucking into a slice of birthday to help the pub celebrate the special occasion, while free ice creams have also been served up from a special van.

Tomorrow night will feature live music from Kelly Elliott playing until late, followed by a treasure hunt from noon on Saturday and a special party held at the pub that evening, featuring cake, balloons, party hats and games.

On Sunday there will party packs on the tables, fun and games for the children and more free ice creams.

Pub general manager Jonathan Carter said: “We’re terrifically proud of the fact that we’ve been lucky enough to become a key part of a close-knit town like Warwick, where everyone knows everyone, and it all adds to the atmosphere and fun in the pub.

“We want to share that feeling with as many locals, regulars and visitors as possible, and thank everyone for their support over the years at the same time.”

As well as joining in the celebrations, regulars who have special memories of the pub can now have them recorded for posterity on The Rose & Crown’s Memory Wall.

This has been set up inside the pub and is a space where people can share those important moments in their life, like a first date or a marriage proposal, or simply a significant happening which took place there.

Anyone with a photo or a special story to tell can email them directly to the pub on roseandcrown@peachpubs.com or call 01926 411117.

ROSE & Crown head chef Rob Hartwell has been recognised for his excellence.

He has been announced as a contender to win the Pub Restaurant Chef of the Year award at the prestigious 2012 Craft Guild of Chefs awards to take place at Wembley Stadium in London on June 13.

He is one of just three chefs nominated for the award nationally and had established his reputation after winning a scholarship programme to go on a world-wide cooking tour.

He said: “I am very excited to be a finalist and its amazing to be recognised.

“I’m motivated to be inventive as a chef and have a passion for trying out new things. I strive to ensure that my dishes are creative and freshly prepared with ingredients from ethical producers and it’s amazing to be recognised for this.”

The national 2012 Craft Guild of Chefs awards have 16 awards categories in total.

On June 13, a total 600 culinary professionals will gather to celebrate as the announcements for the UK’s top chefs are made.

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