Three cheers to best pub

Neil Wilks and Paul Bennett outside Marine Bar, the Bridlington Free Press Pub of the Year 2015 PA1545-2b
Neil Wilks and Paul Bennett outside Marine Bar, the Bridlington Free Press Pub of the Year 2015 PA1545-2b

Marine Bar has been crowned the winner of the Bridlington Free Press’s Pub of the Year competition.

The North Marine Drive pub was chosen by a panel of judges from a shortlist of six, including The Seabirds, The Beaconsfield, The Friendly Forrester, The Telegraph and The Stirling Castle.

Paul Bennett, who runs Marine Bar with assistant manager Julie Porter, said: “I am speechless. It is fantastic for Marine Bar to earn such an award. This goes to all my staff who work 120 per cent to set such a high standard. It is not an easy industry to be in at the moment but times like this make it worthwhile and shows we are doing something right. We are a friendly and secure pub where people can come along and enjoy themselves.”

Being named Pub of the Year adds to the recent success after being awarded a place in the Campaign for Real Ale’s Good Beer Guide, The beer drinker’s bible, for the ninth successive year.

The Marine Bar offers John Smith’s Bitter, Timothy Taylor Landlord, and Wold Top Bitter with two changing beers which are sourced locally.

Free Press editor Ed Asquith said: “The range of pubs was terrific. The Free Press was keen to highlight the town’s pub communities in such a way, and we have emerged with a new holder of the prestigious title that I am sure will be welcomed by all its customers and thanks to the efforts of its staff and management.

“We, as the judging panel, were hugely impressed with the selection of beers available in Marine Bar and the locally sourced Blindside and Chocolate Stout were terrific.

“We invite all the contenders from this year and any new entrants to enter this great competition when the time is right next year.”

The large open-plan bar has outdoor seating with spectacular sea views attracting a mix of regulars and summer visitors. Twice-weekly quizzes and live music nights are also popular at the bar.

Paul, who has been running Marine Bar for five years, added: “We do a range of events which attract customers and of course the location by the sea is marvellous, especially on a summer’s day. Everyone at Marine Bar is thrilled to be named Pub of the Year and I’d like to thank all my staff and all the customers for their support.”