Pub’s a Pointer to excellence

By Richard Wright

Saturday, November 17, 2012

 

Pub’s a Pointer to excellence

Rob and Rachel Burrows collect the award from Michael Turner.

A COUPLE on the Isle of Wight have won a top award in competition with hundreds of other pub landlords from throughout the South.

Licensees Rob and Rachel Burrows’ Pointer Inn, at Newchurch, won the best country or village pub category in Fuller’s Pub of the Year contest.

The results were announced at a ceremony held in the boardroom at the company’s famous Griffin Brewery, in Chiswick, London.

Fuller chairman Michael Turner, who presented the award, said: "Rob and Rachel have been at The Pointer for just over two years and in that time they have shown exactly what the right couple can achieve at a country pub.

"The Pointer is a truly outstanding example of a pub at the heart of its surroundings.

"Being on the Isle of Wight, tourism is obviously important but a good mix of locals and passing trade can be found enjoying themselves at all times of the day or night and it makes for a fabulously warm atmosphere.

"Another consequence of being on the Island is the pub’s focus on fresh fish, which Rob, an excellent chef, cooks to perfection."

He said the award followed the couple featuring in the final of Fuller’s Master Cellarman of the Year competition for the first time, which focused on the pub’s skill in serving cask ale.

Rachel said: "This year has been an amazing one for us. All the hard work we put in during our first year has begun to bear fruit and we’re so proud to be able to take this award back to the pub.

"We’d like to thank all our customers."

The couple won a £2,000 holiday, a plaque for the pub and a staff celebration.

Reporter: richardw@iwcpmail.co.uk

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by alan naylor

18th November 2012, at 14:09:55

Always call in when visting church and cemetry my wifes buried there very impressed by the barter offer off wine for fresh local grown veggis which speeks volumes of the quality of sevice 20 years a publican knows what it takes a big well done goood luck to you both

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by Ming Hwang

18th November 2012, at 11:29:00

AMAZING! They're not even members of pubwatch. Surprised they don't get all the baddies turn up. Well done though.

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by Stephen Elliott

17th November 2012, at 23:52:55

They won a holiday lmao, whenever do pub landlords get a holiday. I have had friends own n run successful pubs and never had a day off!

Congratulations though, I'm sure you worked hard for this award.

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by kevin froment

17th November 2012, at 18:05:50

congratulations, ive been in a couple of times this year and been made to feel very welcome, great pub

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