Just found this amazing article about The Billy Miner in The Maple Ridge Times and The Province Newspaper!
Billy Miner Alehouse and Cafe are celebrating a big win. The alehouse and cafe won the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence award. Worldwide travellers chose the Billy for this honour.
And not only that, they are re-establishing the old tradition that if a train whistle blows while your beer is being poured, the Billy buys, said cafe manager Angie Winter.
The Billy offers a unique experience in that it has two buildings – the pub and cafe – with two different licences. A family can go into the cafe and order anything from the pub side, according to Winter.
“Our big thing here is the 24 taps of craft beer and ales,” said Winter.
Flights are available, as well, which are four drinks for the price of one so that a customer can taste test a variety of beers or ales.
Ken Brookes and his business partners bought the pub three years ago. Brookes opened the cafe last year in the building next to the pub.
His team, drawn partially from their Mission Springs operation and partially from the existing Billy Miner staff, set to work converting it into the jewel it has become.
Brookes opened the cafe last year by converting the neighbouring building.
“We strive to offer our customers a great experience, and this accolade is evidence that our hard work is translating into positive reviews on TripAdvisor,” said Brookes.
The accolade, which honours hospitality excellence, is given only to establishments that consistently achieve positive traveller reviews worldwide.
To qualify for a certificate of excellence, businesses must maintain an overall rating of four or higher, out of a possible five, as reviewed by travellers on TripAdvisor, and must have been listed for at least 12 months. Additional criteria include the volume of reviews received within the last 12 months.
Only the top-performing 10 per cent of businesses listed on TripAdvisor receive this award.