Bridlington pub wins top title

Staff at the Lobster Pot took home a trophy.
Staff at the Lobster Pot took home a trophy.

A RECENTLY opened pub has taken a top title at an East Riding of Yorkshire Council awards evening celebrating local businesses.

The Lobster Pot, opened in September, won an award for the Best Food Led and Family Friendly Licenced Bar, at the second annual East Riding Best Bar None Awards.

The pub was up against 26 other contestants at the awards evening which recognises licenced premises and pubs.

David and Sheila Riel manage the pub, in Kingsgate, which was formally Broadacres before undergoing extensive refurbishment and re-opening as the Lobster Pot.

Mr Riel said: “It is absolutely fantastic. We didn’t expect it but everything was in place and they turned us over and checked everything.

“The night was superb. It is great for the other pubs to get involved with. I just hope for a good summer, and this award now shows people what we are about.”

Coun Claude Mole, vice-chairman of East Riding of Yorkshire Council, said: “We are delighted with the response of local licensees to the Best Bar None Awards Scheme.

“This scheme encourages licensees to act responsibly and take pride in their premises and surroundings and, in doing so, put something back into their local community.

“The effort of all of the participants is highly commendable bringing lots of rewards for licensees including, the prestige of being part of the awards scheme, increased business in the area and lower insurance premiums resulting from the fact that they are running safer establishments.

“However the main winners of the awards scheme are the local community and visitors, who benefit from a more welcoming, attractive, lively and above all safe place to visit.”

The East Riding Best Bar None Awards are funded by the National Best Bar None Group and saw the Royal Mail at Thorngumbald scoop the prize of overall winner of the scheme.

Assessments were carried out over a six-month period across the East Riding, with the aim of raising standards and recognising the best licensed premises in each of the four categories.