Pubwatch Awards - The GriffinBy Paul Robins
February 01, 2010
The Pubwatch Awards seek to recognise the very best in bar staff, live music, dancing, beers and doorstaff Reading has to offer.
Nominations in each of the four sections will be counted and then a trio of judges will pick the winners, who will be presented with their prizes at a glitzy charity dinner dance at Shehnai in London Street, Katesgrove, on Wednesday, February 24.
The Griffin, Caversham
A traditional look and tasty grub are reasons enough to sing the praises of The Griffin in Caversham, said one regular.
Paul Ferriss is so smitten with the Church Road pub that he had no hesitation in nominating it for a Reading Pubwatch Award.
The 40-year-old reckons the pub’s old-fashioned feel puts it in strong contention to win the Best Traditional Pub category.
His only problem is that if it wins, it will become so popular he won’t be able to get a seat, he said.
“The service is brilliant. Landlord Anne Marie always comes up and says hello, no matter how busy she is. Nothing is too much trouble,” he said.
“The pub ticks all the boxes.”
Mr Ferriss, of Mayfield Drive, Caversham, who has been a regular for 20 years, said you will have to go a long way to beat its pie and mash.
“My friends join me from Mortimer which is a reasonable distance away, which shows how good the food is,” he said.
The Griffin is well-known for its support of local good causes, and raised £6,000 for different charities last year.
Landlady Anne Marie McCarthy, 42, was delighted to hear about the nomination, particularly when she heard it had come from one of the pub’s most-liked punters.
“It’s fantastic that people who come here all the time want to show their appreciation and nominate us,” she said.
“The number one factor has to be our real ale. We keep good beer. We have six on all the time and an ever-changing guest ale.
“Sixty per cent of staff have worked here over five years and I have been in charge for 10 years in March. It’s a real family here.”
Mrs McCarthy admitted the pub trade was going through a tough time, but said it was up to landlords to pull the punters in.
“It’s only the pubs who work really hard that will survive. It’s not good enough just to open.
“You need to have passion,” she said. “I love the job. If I didn’t, I wouldn’t bother coming in.”
email your nominations to firstname.lastname@example.org
Make sure you include your own name and telephone number, the name of the venue, the category you want to nominate in and the reasons for your nomination. Please include the words Pubwatch Awards in the subject line.
Venues will also have the chance to compete for the Safer Bar Awards in which they are given star ratings out of five relating to how well they are run, crime prevention initiatives, public protection and safety measures.
The closing date for nominations is Monday, February 15.
Nomination forms can also be posted to: Pubwatch Awards, Reading Post/getreading, 8 Tessa Road, Reading, RG1 8NS.
- Best Dance Venue – the one that provides the most exciting dance atmosphere in the town. Judges will look at everything from DJ line-ups to the standard of facilities on offer.
- Best Live Music Venue – the one with the most regular gigs in any type of music, and one that plays a part in letting local talent shine.
- Best Traditional Pub – atmospheric haunts will be keen to prove they offer the best traditional ales with warm hospitality and good service. Locals will be judged on the quality of their ales and warmth of service. An overall winner will be chosen from the five categories.
- Best Bar Personality – the one with the bubbliest personality who provides warm and friendly service.