The owners of a Morpeth pub have raised a glass following its awards success.
Members of the Tyneside and Northumberland Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) voted in the various geographical, pub, club and cider categories for this year’s branch accolades.
And there was double delight for Paul and Andrea Johnson, who run The Office near Telford Bridge, as it won the South East Northumberland Pub of the Year and South East Northumberland Cider Pub of the Year titles.
The establishment has only been open for just over a year. It received planning permission last June following an appeal – it was allowed to operate during the appeal process.
More than 1,100 people signed either the written petition or e-petition set up by the couple to call for The Office to be given the green light.
Mr Johnson said: “CAMRA members give their score based on a range of factors, so we’re delighted that we’ve done so well.
“It’s fantastic news and a great boost for us, especially when you consider that we’ve only been open for a fairly short time.
“The Office is going from strength to strength and winning these awards will help us to attract more customers.
“People love the pub for what it is – it has a reputation for being like a sitting room.
“We would like to thank our regular customers for their great support since we have been open. We wouldn’t have achieved this success without them.”
He added that most of the real ales in the pub come from the Johnsons’ small brewery in Felton, Acton Ales, but it provides local guest ales to support other breweries in the area.
The couple will soon be opening a new pub, called The Fox’s Den, in the cellar of a building in Felton that also contains The Running Fox artisan bakery and cafe.
CAMRA’s Tyneside and Northumberland area press officer Martin Ellis said: “For The Office to win the two area awards so soon after opening is a major achievement.
“Clearly, it has quickly established a reputation in South East Northumberland and beyond.”