A COUPLE who breathed life into a town centre pub have been awarded for their efforts.
Jo and Paul Stringer, of The Griffin Inn in Market Weighton, are celebrating after winning the Yorkshire and North East Newcomer of the Year award in the prestigious Great British Pub Awards.
The Griffin Inn, owned by Lancashire-based brewer Daniel Thwaites, beat hundreds of entries to scoop the accolade which recognises the retailer that has made the greatest business impact either in the development of their whole business or a specific area of retailing.
The pub, which has been run by Jo and Paul since December 2010 has now been entered in to the Great British Pub Awards final and will compete against other regional Newcomer of the Year winners. The overall winner will be announced at a glitzy award ceremony at The Hilton, Park Lane, London on Thursday, 8 September.
Commenting on the win, Jo Stringer said: “We’re absolutely delighted to have won the regional award. It’s recognition for all the hard work the whole team, from Thwaites to the front of house staff, have put in to make The Griffin Inn a great pub.
“We’re keeping our fingers crossed that we will scoop the national award at the ceremony in September and we will most certainly be raising our glasses if we do.”
Jo was a former landlady of the Market Place pub, but left 11 years ago to raise her daughters. When the tenancy came up last year she jumped at the chance of having her name above the door once again.
Although difficult at first, it got so busy that her husband Paul joined her behind the bar.
Andrew Buchanan, director of pub operations at Thwaites added: “Jo and Paul have done a fantastic job since taking over The Griffin Inn and I’m delighted that their hard work and commitment has been recognised by the Great British Pub Awards.
“I wish them the very best of luck in the final and hope that they’ll be adding another accolade to their wall.”