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John Challis at Ye Olde Punchbowl Inn

AGA Launch Night Team Success

A Night of Shropshire ‘Stars’ to Launch Bridgnorth Pub Innovation

February 10th saw the launch of a first for the UK, at a ‘star’ studded event held at Bridgnorths’ much Loved Punch Bowl Inn.

Following months of planning the eagerly anticipated AGA Carvery was opened by the regions own TV personality ‘Boycie’. The Award Winning Carvery was enjoyed by over 200 invited guests, who were also treated to welcome glass of fizz, a live Jazz band, and even an appearance by Ollie Hughes whose Tributes to Robbie Williams are often held at the Punch Bowl.

Speeches by AGA Chief Executive William McGrath, who praised owner Adam Giles’ innovation and creativity and likened him to one of the early inventors of the AGA during the industrial revolution, he was joined by John Challis who plays Boycie in the hit TV series Only Fools And Horses, as well as Shropshire based series The Green Green Grass. Challis, who is also an AGA owner commented “I first heard of this initiative at The Punch Bowl Inn, Bridgnorth last year on Twitter – it sounded intriguing and when I was asked if I would like to support Adam and the team on the night, I was delighted – being an AGA owner myself I know how important it is to any household, including being the centre my own home where my wife cooks some wonderful meals. Tonight was a wonderful evening hosted by the Punch Bowl the AGA looked amazing, and the Carvery was the best I have tasted, I will certainly be back”

Adam Giles comments “We’re so excited about this partnership with AGA, it’s been a long time in the planning since I dreamt up the concept around 10 years ago. It’s a dream come true. You could say its been a labour of love in recent months getting it all together. AGA and other local companies have been hugely supportive, as well as our regulars who are really very excited about this concept, and tonight really was the icing on the cake – or should I say the gravy on the carvery!”

‘Ye Olde Punch Bowl Inn’ located just outside Bridgnorth in Shropshire recently announced the unique partnership with Telford based AGA, manufacturers of iconic cookers, to create a dining concept like no other in the UK.

AGA cookers who have been manufacturing their iconic cookers in Shropshire since 1929 have become the ‘must have’ for many a domestic cook, and fashionistas, as well as more professional bakers and chefs around the UK and across the World.

Adam Adds “I was brought up with an AGA cooker at my family home in Worcestershire and it was always the focal point of our activities. I come from a family of pub owners and passionate cooks and we would spend hours in the kitchen, creating new dishes and tasting what we had made.”

Awards – 2014 is set to be another bumper year for Ye Olde Punch Bowl Inn, with a string of National Awards in 2013 for customer services, Best Free House Pub, and as one of the regions top Wedding venues, and more recently a prestigious Inn of The Year award by Travel Guide Les Routier. “We would like to thank our regulars and look forward to the launch of the new Carvery Concept in association with AGA, and welcoming our regulars from the 11th February onwards, when it will be fired up daily serving our carvery and some wonderful Nostalic Specials from our new menu.”



Adam and the AGA

A local pub has this week announced a unique partnership with a Telford based Worldwide manufacturer of Iconic Cookers.

AGA RANGEMaster who in recent years have undergone a renaissance with their iconic home cookers and heaters have become the ‘must have’ for many a domestic cook, and fashionista, as well as more professional bakers and Chefs such as bakers favourite Mary Berry, Jamie Oliver and Marco Pierre White, and even the likes of French Movie Star Gérard Depardieu who has two installed in his home kitchen – in Russia!

Recently Adam Giles, owner of Ye Old Punch Bowl Inn on the Ludlow Road, just outside Bridgnorth, Shropshire, announced that The Punch Bowl Inn owners Nostalgia Inns have become official AGA Approved Ambassadors granted by the Telford based firm – The Punch Bowl is set to be a show piece for AGA’s as the team at The Punch Bowl will be cooking and serving their award winning carvery from their live AGA.

“We are so excited about this partnership with AGA RANGEMaster” comments Adam “From the moment I dreamt up the concept over 10 years ago, I have been excited about it, and now it is to be reality in my own pub, I cant wait until next year, it is going to completely transform our business and the way people think of AGA’s and how versatile they can be in the home”.  Adding “Customers will be amazed on what we will be able to cook on our AGA Total Control and our new Nostalgia AGA Classics menu will provide real comfort food to our regulars, for a truly Nostalgic experience”.

Adam dreamt up the idea of ’Live cooking’ on an AGA in his pub over 10 years ago when he was shopping in Selfridges and saw all the concessions, and thought why not have one his own in his pub “I was brought up with an AGA at my family home in Hanbury, Worcestershire – it was always the center point of the family activities – coming from  a family of pub owners and passionate cooks, we would spend hours around it tasting gastronomic creations lifted carefully from its ovens, or dishes cooked on its top hobs – I remember the one we had was a battered old blue one, but we all loved it – so to have my own Vintage Cream five oven one being installed in January is really exciting – ours will be the new State of the art Total Control version so we can turn in on and off even by a text message, and means it will be very efficient on fuel consumption which means we can keep down our costs, and maintain our value menus – its going to be some impressive bit of kit”