Pub retains its reputation for fine wines
He runs a farm and a wine pub where his farm-raised Gloucester Old Spot pork and fine lamb are served, and Patrick Groves has still found time to win The Good Pub Guide 2014 Wine Pub of the Year.
Woods at Dulverton has scooped the award for a fourth year, and it is Mr Groves' determination to offer "the quality that I want if I go out, and the same service", that has ensured the award stays on Exmoor.
In awarding the top wine pub prize to Woods, the Guide, says: "Patrick Groves here is really rewarding to talk to about his wine, and will open any of his 400 listed bottles for just a glass – he may even tempt you to one of his unlisted collection of 500 well-aged New World wines. A smartly informal place with exceptional wines, real ales, first-rate food and a good mix of customers."
Mr Groves, 57, and partner, Sally Harvey, had experience of the pub trade, but left it to move to Somerset and farm nine years ago.
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But while he relished the new he missed the old and turned an old bakery into the pub-restaurant.
"These awards don't come without the help of staff and I've got brilliant staff and a brilliant head-chef," he said.
The Good Pub Guide 2014 is published this week by Ebury Press at £15.99. Joint Editor Fiona Stapley said: "We've thousands of loyal readers who report to us all the time. They keep us in tune with how a pub is doing and we take their comments into serious consideration."