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Shropshire Pub Set For National Award

Punch Bowl Manager Charlotte Wenlock and Owner Adam Giles

Hard-work and 90 hour weeks have helped a Bridgnorth pub win a nomination for being one of the best in the UK.

Ye Olde Punch Bowl – which almost went out of business two years ago – is in line to be named the nation’s number one.

It has been nominated by Les Routiers as the Inn of the Year and will learn later this month whether it has been successful.

Adam Giles, who runs the venue, said he hoped the venue would scoop the top prize – and he was thrilled to be nominated.

He said: “Two years ago we were on our knees. We lost tens of thousands of pounds because we were flooded after we suffered burst pipes.

“The turnaround since then has been absolutely phenomenal.

“We’ve just enjoyed our best Christmas ever – it’s remarkable considering we’re living through really tough times.

“We’ve got a small team, there are 12 of us who are regularly on duty and up to 20 when things get really busy.

“We work very hard and make sure we pay special attention to all of our regulars. It’s all about getting on with things and doing the best we can.

“During the holiday period, for instance, I was regularly working between 70 and 90 hours per week. By the end of the holiday I was pretty much on my knees, but recognition like the nomination from Les Routiers makes it all worthwhile.

“It’s all about teamwork, we do our best and to be named as one of the best pubs in the UK is a real achievement.”

Mr Giles added that the award would spur on his team to make even further improvements. He was also grateful to his loyal clients, who had supported the venue through thick and thin.

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