Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Red Beard's Pub given TripAdvisor Top Honours

by Sarah Kirkby, Barefoot Marketing

FREEPORT, Grand Bahama -- It’s not been open a year yet, but Red Beard’s Pub, a local tavern in the Lucaya area of Grand Bahama, is proud to boast its first TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence.

“I’m thrilled and so proud of my staff,” said Brian Botham, co-owner of Red Beard’s Pub. “We’ve worked hard to promote our restaurant and bar and it’s wonderful to get this feedback and international recognition.”

TripAdvisor’s Certificate of Excellence is awarded to qualifying accommodations, attractions, and restaurants listed on TripAdvisor that maintain a high overall user rating and a high volume of recent and quality reviews. TripAdvisor is recognized as the world's largest travel site providing an interactive travel forum that assists readers by gathering online reviews, opinions and travel information.

Red Beard's Pub owners Brian & Debbie Botham

“The Ministry of Tourism & Aviation would like to congratulate RedBeard's for winning this prestigious travel award in only their sophomore year,” noted Karen Seymour, GB Tourism Director. "They have clearly succeeded in doing their part to enhance the visitor experience on Grand Bahama Island.”

Brian Botham returned home to Grand Bahama from Canada last year with his wife Debbie, hoping to find a business they could run so they could return to the beauty of the islands. Botham, a former truck driver and safety consultant, spent the last 15 years driving all over the US and Canada before opening his own safety and consulting company along with his wife. “We’ve worked hard and been successful in our business, but at the end of the day we wanted to come and live here - we love it.”

Red Beard’s employs 15 local staff and opens from 4pm to 2am nightly. “We’ve developed a great local clientele and our Chef Colleen Davies has them coming back regularly for her great pub meals and specials,” said Botham. “It’s the locals who have helped spread the word for us as well as the taxi drivers and tour operators. It’s a fantastic recognition of our all our hard work and I hope a great nod for Grand Bahama too.”

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