The Myrtle Tavern in Meanwood has been crowned winner of the Stonegate Group Pub Partners’ Pub of the Year category in The Great British Pub Awards 2021. The winners were announced during a live-streamed event in London on Tuesday 28 September 2021.
Since taking on the Myrtle Tavern in 2011, business partners Scott Westlake and Rob Vallance have aimed to put the pub back at the heart of the community. Following a £92,000 investment in 2017, the pub has gone from strength to strength, becoming a hub for charity events and community initiatives.
During the difficult times of the Covid pandemic, the pub stepped up its community focus. It offered a befriending service to regulars who may have become isolated by lockdown. The team hosted live quizzes, helped the community by dropping off parcels and delivered Sunday lunches to customer’s doorsteps. Giving to the community also meant the community were only too willing to support the pub in its time of need, with crowdfunding efforts helping the pub to survive.
Although closed for the majority of last year, the team have been able to recruit, and their family of staff has grown to over 30 members. It is their amazing and dedicated team that make The Myrtle what it is today. Their incredible effort has recently seen them achieve the coveted Number 1 TripAdvisor spot for Leeds.
Scott, Rob and their team are delighted to have been recognised for their hard work, Scott commented “It has been a challenging time for the hospitality industry, and for us here at the Myrtle. We have faced many obstacles, but it’s taught us just how important a pub can be for the local community. We are honoured to have won and I would like to dedicate this award to my team and our loyal customers for all their support. I look forward to what is to come for the Myrtle Tavern this year and beyond.”
The Great British Pub Awards recognise, reward and celebrate the fantastic work pubs do for our country and their communities. With hundreds of entries across ten categories, the winners were announced during a live-stream hosted by Radio 1 DJ Scott Mills, watched by hundreds of people up and down the country.
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