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Double celebration at the Fowlers

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Double celebration at the Fowlers
Article date: 01 Apr 2009

S. Fowlers & Co. celebrated a double victory in the inaugural Isle of Wight Best Bar None Awards.

The pub, in Ryde, won the ‘best traditional pub’ category, as well as the ‘best overall winner’ at the first annual awards.

The pub’s managers, Sharon and Neil Longley, were presented with two trophies, as well as two plaques, now on display outside the pub.

The Best Bar None Awards, organised jointly by Isle of Wight County Council and the Isle of Wight police, recognise excellence across the island’s licensing industry.

The pub’s manager, Sharon Longley (running the pub with her husband Neil), said: “We are absolutely thrilled to have received both awards, especially in the scheme’s inaugural year.

“The in-depth assessment process was extremely thorough; the fact that the pub won two awards is testament to our staff’s hard work.”

Isle of Wight Police Chief Supt Dave Thomas said: “These awards help to encourage the managers and staff of pubs and clubs to ensure that their premises are safe places in which to socialise.

“The participants and winners deserve congratulations for their tremendous efforts towards setting a standard for other licensees to follow.

Sharon Longley has been at S. Fowlers & Co. for the last seven of her 10 years with Wetherspoon. She was previously at The Regal Moon (Rochdale) and The Postal Order (Blackburn), in her native northwest.

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