Award win for Harrogate bar

Owner of So Bar on Otley Road Robert Thompson with Carl Knowles, Richard Evans, Mike Berry (manager) and Owain Schofield with their award.  (1309174AM1)
Owner of So Bar on Otley Road Robert Thompson with Carl Knowles, Richard Evans, Mike Berry (manager) and Owain Schofield with their award. (1309174AM1)

Staff at a Harrogate bar will have to wait to celebrate winning a national award - because the bar is too busy preparing for Christmas.

So! Bar on Otley Road was named Best Partnership Pub at the BT Sport Great British Pub Awards 2013.

The bar has established a close business relationship over the past 14 months with Star Pubs and Bars.

However, despite being handed the award by actor Greg Davies at a glittering London ceremony last week, staff have not yet had a chance to celebrate.

General Manager Mike Berry said: “We came straight back to work to prepare for Christmas!

“We will celebrate with the staff at some point.It is just great to be recognised. We are doing something a little different in what was a traditional old man’s boozer pub until we took it over.Hopefully we are fulfilling he brief of bringing a city centre-style bar, improving it and offering it in a more rural setting.”

The pub is run by licensee Robert Thompson.

He said: “We are delighted to have won - it is great recognition for the pub and the staff who work here and I am sure customers will be thrilled, too.”