GLASSES are being raised all round at two East Staffordshire pubs after they scooped top industry awards.
Licensees of the Crown Inn, Yoxall, Stuart and Jane Scrimshaw were handed the central region’s best newcomer at the Marston’s Pub of the Year Awards 2014 and the Royal Oak, in Barton Under Needwood, was handed the central region’s best cask ale pub.
Mrs Scrimshaw said: “We really didn’t expect this award. After all our hard work it’s great to get recognised in this way.”
Jane and husband Stuart took on the Crown Inn in late 2012 and have quickly become popular figures behind the bar and around the venue.
Mr Scrimshaw said: “We’ve worked really hard in the past 15 months. We’re now getting a good reputation for food and getting the business back into the heart of the community.”
Stephen Boulter, licensee of the Royal Oak, said: “To win it once was great, but to win it for the second year running is fantastic.
“We’ve always invested time in our cellar and pipework and make a special effort to make sure the ale is as good as it can possibly be, which helped us go on to win the national award last year. We’re hoping we can do that again this year, too.”
Ben Robinson, regional manager at Marston’s Inns & Taverns, said: “With many talented individuals entering the pub trade across our region, Jane and Stuart have done very well to finish top.
“With 300 other pubs in the area, the Royal Oak has done very well to finish top. It’s a fantastic achievement for Stephen, Katy and their team. Real ale is growing in popularity every year.”