The pub, based in the picturesque hamlet of Severn Stoke, near Worcester, has been flooded three times in three years, the kind of disaster that would leave many businesses in tatters.
But operator Andy Goodall accepted the challenge to battle the flood waters and has now managed to create a business that if not entirely flood proof, can be reopened in a matter of days, as opposed to months.
That approach to managing disaster, along with a strong range of environmental initiatives all while maintaining the stunning 15th century historical ambience of the pub is impressive. Extensive refurbishment has also followed each flooding, which means the pub is well invested and in great condition.
With a fantastic food and drink offer, this is a pub that keeps the locals flocking while pulling in punters from far and wide.
Extensive work not just on the pub, but on the pub’s garden has given the operation considerable appeal for those passing.
Goodall’s background in the building trade has certainly been an advantage and has allowed him to create a fantastic outside space, with covered pagoda and a great outside bar which allows the pub to increase trade massively during the summer months, while roaring fire pits allow a cosier feel during the colder months.
Taking on the pub three years ago, Goodall and his team have worked hard to put the business at the heart of the community, providing facilities for local groups and the nearby church as well as paying for the village’s Christmas tree each year and hosting the annual lights switch on event.
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
Marston’s Pub of the Year – Rose & Crown, Worcester, Worcestershire
Punch Pub of the Year – the Plough, Prestbury, Gloucestershire