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2nd November 2022

The Mayfly in Stockbridge is Fuller’s Pub of the Year

Griffin Trophy 2022 winner and runners-up announced

Fuller, Smith & Turner, the premium pubs and hotels business, is delighted to announce The Mayfly in Stockbridge is the 2022 winner of its annual Pub of the Year competition – the Griffin Trophy. The Griffin Trophy is open to all Fuller’s 208 Managed Pubs and Hotels and 178 Tenanted Inns – with the winner receiving a £5,000 holiday voucher, a staff party to celebrate with their team, and the coveted Griffin Trophy itself.

Nestling on the banks of the River Test, The Mayfly’s location is an enviable one with customers travelling to visit this picturesque spot year round. After a number of years in Fuller’s Tenanted division, The Mayfly moved to its Managed estate in 2017 and an extensive refurbishment followed in 2020. The pub’s manager, Darren Felvus, has been at The Mayfly since 2018 and, under his watchful eye, the pub has grown from strength to strength. Darren has built a team of friendly and attentive front of house team members as well as a passionate team of chefs. The Mayfly’s Head Chef, Michal Kulakowski, has created a menu that offers a wide range of delicious dishes, with plenty of vegetarian and plant-based options, and a children’s menu too. The Mayfly is the perfect spot for a relaxing family meal in a picturesque, comfortable, and welcoming setting.

This year’s Griffin Trophy saw 12 pubs reach the final. The finalists were visited by a judging panel – Fuller’s Chairman Michael Turner, Chief Executive Simon Emeny, and People & Talent Director Dawn Browne – 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.

Michael Turner, Fuller’s Chairman, said: “This is a well-deserved triumph. Darren and his team are truly an asset to Fuller’s. The customer service we received was impeccable, friendly, welcoming and attentive. It was a delight to watch the team as they provided such great service to all the customers.

“While The Mayfly’s outdoor space is stunning – set by a weir on the River Test – this is a pub that can be enjoyed in all seasons. The extensive refurbishment in 2020 created a modern but warm indoor setting – with two fireplaces and plenty of tables overlooking the river and surrounding wildlife. There is no doubt, The Mayfly offers plenty of country charm.”

Darren Felvus, General Manager of The Mayfly, said: “I am over the moon to have won this year’s Griffin Trophy. Last year, we were the category winner and my team and I were determined to do even better this year. I’m really proud of the team – they are all hard workers so it’s great to see this pay off. They are all going to be really excited about this award. I’ll have to find the best spot in the pub to proudly display the Griffin Trophy for the next 12 months.”



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Georgina Wald         020 8996 2198  

Alice Monteath         020 8996 2074  

Notes to Editors:

The Griffin Trophy Overall Winner 2022

The Mayfly, Fullerton, nr. Stockbridge, Hampshire SO20 6AX

Best Hotel/Inn category

Winner: The Counting House, 50 Cornhill, London EC3V 3PD

Runner-up: Bel & The Dragon, 100 High Street, Odiham, Hook RG29 1LP

Runner-up: The Wykeham Arms, 75 Kingsgate Street, Winchester SO23 9PE

Best Country/Village Pub category

Winner: The King Charles, 6 Lovedon Lane, Kings Worthy, Winchester SO23 7NU

Runner-up: The Talkhouse, Wheatley Road, Stanton St John, Oxford OX33 1EX

Best Town/Local Pub category

Winner: The Ox Row Inn, 10-11 Ox Row, Salisbury SP1 1EU

Runner-up: The Anglers, 3 Broom Road, Teddington TW11 9NR

Runner-up: The Plough, 10 Tentelow Lane, Southall UB2 4LG

Best City Pub category

Winner: The Old Fish Market, 59-63 Baldwin Street, Bristol BS1 1QZ

Runner-up: The Pavilion End, 23 Watling Street, London EC4M 9BR

Runner-up: The Scarsdale Tavern, 23a Edwardes Square, London W8 6HE

Fuller’s in a nutshell:

Fuller, Smith & Turner PLC is the premium pubs and hotels business that is famous for beautiful and inviting pubs with delicious fresh food, a vibrant and interesting range of drinks, and engaging service from passionate people. Fuller’s has 208 managed businesses, with 1,030 boutique bedrooms, and 178 Tenanted Inns. The estate is predominately located in the South of England (44% of sites are within the M25) and stretches from our London heartland to the Jurassic Coast via the New Forest. Our Managed Pubs and Hotels include 16 iconic Ale & Pie pubs, seven stunning hotels in the Cotswolds, and Bel & The Dragon – seven exquisite modern English inns located in the Home Counties. In summary, Fuller’s is the home of great pubs, outstanding hospitality and passionate people, where everyone is welcome and leaves that little bit happier than they arrived.

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For further information, please contact the press office:

Georgina Wald         020 8996 2198  

Alice Monteath         020 8996 2074