VOTE: Irish publican up for English tourism award

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A Co. Clare publican has been shortlisted for a prestigious English tourism award, the only representative from the pub trade to make the list.

Multi-award winning Gerry O’Brien has over 25 years experience running the popular, and one of London’s most photographed pubs, the Churchill Arms in Kensington.

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The premises, built in 1750, is a popular destination for tourists and locals alike due to its eye-catching floral arrangement on its exterior and its tasty Thai menu.

Coupled with Gerry’s own hosting abilities, a reputation for top quality real ale and an impressive history – it is so named as was once frequented by Winston Churchill’s grandparents – the Churchill Arms has become something of a celebrity haunt too, with Tom Cruise, David Beckham and Natalie Imbruglia also visiting the pub.

The Mirror’s VisitEngland Tourism Superstar of 2015 awards have listed ten finalists, including a doorman at Manchester’s Lowry Hotel, a zookeeper, a falconer and a tourism officer.

They describe Gerry as “a one-man tourist attraction in his own right” for his commendable Irish hospitality.

Vote for Gerry here.

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