Monday 7th May 2012
A New Whittington pub that has just been named as a runner up in the regional Community Pub of the Year awards, has dedicated the honour to its customers.
Michael Storey, (above centre) who runs The Wellington Hotel with his mother Barbara Yorke, learned of the pub's success at the Marston's Pub of the Year ceremony held in Doncaster.
"It's absolutely fantastic to win an award, and I was really proud to accept it at the event," said Michael. "But without hesitation, I dedicate it to the staff and customers of The Wellington. They are the ones responsible for its success as a community pub!"
Judges said: "This pub is so much more than a successful local business. It is an absolutely integral part of community life."
Michael took over the pub (above) after working his way up from pot washer. Born and bred in the village, it was always his dream to make the pub the best in the village.
He said: "I've always loved this pub and I've really enjoyed running it and building up the trade. It's important to me that we have a big presence in that village and provide what people want."
The pub serves 6 real cask ales and traditional pub food as well as holding regular band nights, plus activities for children in the summer in the pub's lovely beer garden.
Ian Wanless, Regional Manager said: "Hearty congratulations to Michael and team at The Wellington Hotel on coming runner up in the Best Community Pub award. It's a terrific achievement."
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