Industry ‘Oscar’ for Thirsk pub

Marston's regional manager Paul Brindley, the Carpenters Arms' owners Chris Blundell and Michael Ibbotson and Rory Bremner at the Great British Pub Awards.
Marston's regional manager Paul Brindley, the Carpenters Arms' owners Chris Blundell and Michael Ibbotson and Rory Bremner at the Great British Pub Awards.
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A Thirsk pub has been named as the ‘Best Freehouse Pub in Great Britain.’ at the ‘Pub Oscars’.

The Carpenters Arms in Felixkirk won the title in The Great British Pub Awards 2011.

The pub, run by business partners Michael Ibbotson and Chris Blundell competed against six other regional winners for the overall title with Michael and Chris receiving their award from impressionist Rory Bremner at London’s Park Lane Hilton Hotel

The judges praised them for their entrepreneurial skills in revitalising the pub since purchasing it in August 2010 and doubling the turnover in the first year of trading.

The awards were organisedby Publican’s Morning Advertiser.

Chris said:“ We are delighted to have won the title.

“It is great recognition for the pub and the staff.