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12th November 2012

Fuller’s names its pub of the year

The Queen’s Head, Chesham, crowns diamond jubilee year in style

 London brewer and pub retailer, Fuller, Smith & Turner PLC, is delighted to reveal that the winner of its annual Pub of the Year competition, The Griffin Trophy, is The Queen’s Head in Chesham, Buckinghamshire.

The result was announced at a ceremony held in the Boardroom at the Company’s world-famous Griffin Brewery in Chiswick on Tuesday, November 6, 2012.

The Griffin Trophy awards recognise the efforts and achievements of the Company’s top managers and licensees in five categories, Outstanding Achievement, Best City pub, Best Town/Local pub, Best Country/Village pub and Best Hotel or Inn.

Presenting the historic trophy to the Manager of The Queen’s Head, Lisa Walker, Fuller’s Chairman Michael Turner said: “I am delighted to be presenting the Griffin Trophy to Lisa and the team at The Queen’s Head.

“Lisa’s pub is a delight to visit, and her effervescent character and infectious enthusiasm means that customers will always leave with a smile. She is a true part of the local community and consistently goes above and beyond the call of duty in raising money for local causes, such as running marathons or organising the annual ‘Tour de Pednor’ cycle race.


“The lovely old building oozes charm and atmosphere, while Lisa and her team deliver a warm welcome, outstanding real ales and superb Thai food. The pub is convivial and really sets its stall out as soon as you walk in the door. The warmth is helped by the pub’s real fires and scattered cosy areas, allowing large gatherings of friends or intimate meetings just as easily.


“Lisa keeps an exceptional bar too, so if you’re looking for a top quality range of beers and wines this is certainly a place to seek out.”


Lisa Walker, manager of The Queen’s Head, said: “A pub is nothing without its people so I would like to thank all my customers who have supported the pub over the years and especially my wonderful staff, who make the pub what it is.


“We have always tried to ensure we get the basics right, while also adding a few little touches to surprise and delight the customers. We were close to winning this title once before and we were determined to come back and win it, and we have. I can’t believe it.”


The prize for the winning pub comprises a £5,000 holiday, a staff party, an engraved plaque and the coveted Griffin Trophy itself. As winner, Lisa will also be invited to help judge the competition in 2013.



Picture captions:


The Queen’s Head: Manager of The Queen’s Head, Lisa Walker, receives the Griffin Trophy for Fuller’s Pub of the Year from Fuller’s Chairman, Michael Turner


The Queen’s Head2: Lisa Walker and husband John celebrate their Pub of the Year victory outside Fuller’s famous Griffin Brewery.


Notes to editors


Griffin Trophy winners 2012

The Queen’s Head, Chesham


Outstanding Achievement category

Winner – The Iron Duke, Mayfair

Runner-up – The Freeholders, Farncombe


Best City Pub category

Winner – Shaws Booksellers, London

Runner –up – The Old Joint Stock, Birmingham


Best Country/Village Pub category

Winner – The Pointer Inn, Isle of Wight


Best Town/Local Pub category

Winner – The Old House at Home, Romsey

Runner-up – The Pilot, Chiswick


Best Hotel/Inn category

Winner – The Wykeham Arms, Winchester

Runner-Up – The Sanctuary house Hotel, London




For further information contact Fuller’s Press Office:

Telephone: 020 8996 2048/2175
Fax: 020 8996 2079
Fuller’s Website:


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Tony Johnson
Public Relations Officer