THE popular Rising Sun at Milland has been named Fuller’s pub of the year.
Run by Ben Burston since 2007, the ‘Riser’ beat 391 other Fuller’s pubs to be crowned Griffin Trophy winner.
Ben told the Observer: “We were quite surprised and absolutely delighted when we were told the news. We’ve made many improvements to the pub over the last year and continue to offer very consistent food and drink but it is the staff and the atmosphere for which we get the most praise.
“A pub is nothing without its people so I would like to thank all my customers who have supported the pub over the years and my wonderful staff, who make the pub what it is.”
The result was announced at a ceremony held in the Board Room at the company’s world-famous Griffin Brewery in Chiswick, West London.
The pub also took top prize in the best village pub category, which it also won last year.
Fuller’s chairman, Michael Turner, said: “I am delighted to be presenting the Griffin Trophy to Ben and the team at The Rising Sun.
“Ben is no stranger to The Griffin Trophy competition, having won his category last year.
“He has built on last year’s success, taking the pub from strength to strength.
“The Rising Sun is a true village local in the heart of the South Downs National Park countryside.
“It is renowned for its exceptional atmosphere, great food, well-kept ales, and charming staff.
The prize for the winning pub includes a £5,000 holiday, a staff party, an engraved plaque and the coveted Griffin trophy, which now has pride of place in the Riser.
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