The Ox Row wins Fuller’s Pub of the Year

Fuller’s has announced the winner of The Griffin Trophy.

Fuller's has announced that The Ox Row Inn in Salisbury has won its Pub of the Year competition – The Griffin Trophy.

The competition is open to all of Fuller’s 183 managed pubs and hotels and 193 tenanted inns.

Fuller's says The Ox Row Inn, managed by Emil Szoma, is an example of modern innovation in a traditional setting. A 16th century pub, the site has low ceilings, exposed wooden beams and an open fire. While the building is historic, inside guests will find a selection of craft beers, fresh cask ales, seasonal dishes, premium spirits, cocktails and a wide range of events.

The pub plays an incredibly active role in the local community, supporting local events and causes. 

"Thanks to Emil’s hard work and passion, The Ox Row really is at the heart of its community," says Michael Turner, Fuller’s chairman. "When we visited, the neighbouring market was thriving, and Emil and his team worked effortlessly to offer the highest level of hospitality to locals and visitors alike. Everyone was being looked after as if they were the only ones in the pub – accompanied by a fantastic range of food and drink in a beautiful setting. 

"But Emil’s work goes much further than this. He is a brilliant publican who understands what his community needs – from putting on his own events at the pub to being on hand to support local events in Salisbury. Spending time with Emil and his team was an absolute pleasure – as was watching them interact with their customers.

"The Ox Row won its category in last year’s Griffin Trophy. Winning the competition outright this year is well-deserved and a great testament to the work Emil and his team have put in to push this pub to be the best in the Fuller’s estate. Congratulations to them all. I can’t wait to see where he takes this pub next.”

This year’s Griffin Trophy saw 13 pubs reach the final. The finalists were visited by a judging panel who selected winners for each category and the overall Griffin Trophy winner. There are four categories in The Griffin Trophy – Best City Pub; Best Town/Local Pub; Best Country/Village Pub; and Best Hotel/Inn.

Pictured: Emil Szoma, GM of The Ox Row in Salisbury (left) receiving the Griffin Trophy from Fuller’s chairman Michael Turner (centre), with David Nicoll, deputy manager of The Ox Row (right).

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