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.