Pub’s top accolade

The general manager of The Mill House Ashley Roper receives his red letter from Fayre and Square business development manager Julie McEwan. Also pictured are staff Emma Bailey, Helan Hunt, Michael Harris, Craig Thomas and Stephen Copson.
The general manager of The Mill House Ashley Roper receives his red letter from Fayre and Square business development manager Julie McEwan. Also pictured are staff Emma Bailey, Helan Hunt, Michael Harris, Craig Thomas and Stephen Copson.

A MILFORD pub threatened with closure this time last year is celebrating after being named its company’s ‘Best British Pub of the Year’.

The Mill House, which underwent a £238,000 revamp, landed the Spirit Pub Company award, beating competition from the firm’s 803 other premises nationwide.

Ashley Roper, who is manager of the Derby Road pub, said: “It is great to win. We are over the moon really.

“It was a struggling pub last year and the company were selling it, so it’s a massive achievement.”

Ashley, who became manager on August 16 last year, said the pub had seen a 100 per cent sales growth, which he put down to the hard work of his staff and regaining the trust of locals.

“It is all about giving great service and great food,” said Ashley. “We have a successful team here and we also listened to people’s feedback.”