Half Moon is Fuller's pub of the year

Half Moon is Fuller's pub of the year

The Half Moon in Herne Hill is this year’s winner of The Griffin Trophy – the annual Pub of the Year competition from Fuller, Smith and Turner.

The pub, which scooped the London Pub & Bar of the Year in 2018, won the top prize ahead of nearly 400 other Fuller’s pubs.

Fuller’s acquired the south east London site in 2016, after it was damaged by local flooding. The Half Moon has three bar areas, a dining area, a large garden – with its own bar – and a separate function room that can be hired out for private events.

“This is a well-earned award for Matt [Dutson, manager] and I’m delighted to be presenting it to him,” says Fuller’s chairman Michael Turner. “The Half Moon is a stunning pub steeped in cultural history and at the heart of its local community. With some local opposition to Fuller’s plans for the pub, we faced some challenges when refurbishing The Half Moon, but Matt and his team worked hard to be a part of the local community. Meetings were held with neighbours before the pub opened to ensure local residents were included in the plans. The pub was beautifully restored and is even more impressive than before.”

The prize for The Half Moon comprises a £5,000 holiday, a staff party, an engraved plaque and the coveted Griffin Trophy itself.