A LOCAL pub has won the best village pub award.

The Mayfly in Stockbridge, which is managed by Fullers but run by Darren Felvus, has been named the winner of the Best Country/Village Pub category in this year’s Griffin Trophy, the annual Pub of the Year competition from Fuller, Smith and Turner.

The Mayfly is situated on the banks of the River Test and its large outside area and picturesque location has made it a favourite, especially post lockdown, with an increase in the popularity of al fresco dining.

Darren and his team combine the best of British hospitality with a wide range of menu dishes from local suppliers and the pub is popular with locals, ramblers, and tourists alike.

The building which benefitted from a refurbishment in January 2019, also offers private dining spaces which can be used for birthday and other celebrations.

The Griffin Trophy is open to all Fuller’s managed pubs, hotels, and tenanted inns. Following an extensive selection process, the eight finalists of The Griffin Trophy were all visited by chairman Michael Turner, chief executive Simon Emeny, and marketing director Jane Jones to choose the category and overall winners.

Darren’s prize for winning the category was a £2,000 holiday voucher, a staff party, and an engraved plaque for the pub.

Michael said: “Darren and his team, aided by the recent refurbishment, have reinvigorated The Mayfly making it a vibrant and busy pub that perfectly complements the stunning scenery around it.

“His commitment to exceptional customer service is reflected in the feedback scores the pub receives and The Mayfly continues to grow both its sales and its reputation.”

Darren said: “The last two years have seen The Mayfly experience unprecedented circumstances and being back open, serving our wonderful customers, and then winning this award is the perfect end to the year.

“This award isn’t just for me though, it’s for my fantastic team. We worked hard during the various lockdowns to keep in contact and support each other and I just love being back together doing what we do best – making sure our customers have a great time and come back again, and again.”