Fuller’s, the London brewer and premium pub company, is delighted to reveal that the winner of its annual Pub of the Year competition, The Griffin Trophy, is The Hydrant, Monument. The pub, run by Alison Ross, won the top prize ahead of 400 other Fuller’s pubs for its commitment to building the pub’s reputation as one of London’s leading craft beer bars, championed by in-house beer experts and mixologists, and for unsurpassed menus, crafted by a dedicated team of chefs with ingredients from the very best local suppliers.
Following an extensive selection process, the final thirteen entrants of The Griffin Trophy were all visited by the Chairman, Michael Turner, the Chief Executive, Simon Emeny, and the Corporate Affairs Director, Richard Fuller, during which a winner chosen.
The result was announced at a ceremony held in the Board Room at the Company’s world-famous Griffin Brewery in Chiswick, West London on Wednesday, November 9, 2016. The pub also took first prize in the Best City/London Pub category.
The Griffin Trophy awards recognise the efforts and achievements of the Company’s top managers and tenants in five categories: Outstanding Achievement, Best City/London Pub, Best Hotel/Inn, Best Town/Local Pub and Best Country/Village Pub.
Fuller’s Chairman, Michael Turner, said: “I am delighted to be presenting the Griffin Trophy to Alison and the team at The Hydrant who imbue this pub with a great fun atmosphere.
“Following The Hydrant’s refurbishment and re-positioning in 2015, this pub has gone from strength to strength. The creativity and leadership in the team has established the pub as an exciting craft beer bar, famous for its beer and food evenings. It also has one of the most interesting breakfast menus to be found in the City of London.
Alison Ross, manager of The Hydrant, said: “This is a fantastic surprise. A pub is nothing without its people so I would like to thank all my customers who have supported the pub since its re-opening and my wonderful staff, who make the pub what it is.”
The prize for the winning pub comprises a £5,000 holiday, a staff party, an engraved plaque and the coveted Griffin Trophy itself.