The family-run business has grown considerably over the last few years and recent investment has seen the already impressive garden space almost doubled, along with the addition of a staged space and an outdoor bar.
The Boot & Shoe, a fantastic community pub in the village of Ackworth, Yorkshire, is a fantastic operation that caters for all elements of the surrounding community.
This is a business that refuses to stand still, and the operator, Jamie Merrill, along with his family, continue to drive the operation forward, constantly looking for opportunities to grow.
Merrill, who’s day job is as chief finance officer for Ossett Brewery, cheerfully admits to the fact the pub is something of a side hustle from his day-to-day work, but as side hustles go, this one is particularly impressive.
The most recent development has seen extensive investment into the outside space, with the front garden of the pub extended all the way down to the road, not only offering great kerb appeal to those driving by, but also extending the trading space considerably.
There’s a great drinks range, particularly on beer, with Merrill’s father being allowed to indulge his passion for cellar work resulting in an impressive and extremely well run set up.
While food is only a small part of the offer at the site, the pub has installed a pizza oven and does regular pizza promotions to pull the punters in.
All this, along with a strong roster of events throughout the year has seen the local community embrace this wonderful business.
This is a pub that is trading above and beyond, particularly when the sun shines and the outdoor space comes into its own, but even in the winter, the covered areas ensure the exterior remains an option, whatever the weather.
Full list of 2023 GBPA winners:
Best Pub Garden – Gaggle of Geese, Buckland Newton, Dorset
Best Sustainable Pub – Stroud Brewery Taproom, Stroud, Gloucestershire
Best Pub Chef – Charlotte Vincent, Candlelight Inn, Chard, Somerset
Best Young Pub Chef – Karl Quirante, the Cricketers, Ormskirk, Lancashire
Admiral Pub of the Year – Boot & Shoe, Ackworth, Pontefract, West Yorkshire
Punch Pub of the Year – the Plough, Prestbury, Gloucestershire