Pub manager Gary Winning is a real Wetherspoon success story and is most definitely winning!
Gary, who runs The Clydesdale Inn, in Lanark, his first pub with the company, has been awarded ‘pub of the year 2012’ for Lanarkshire, by the Glasgow and West of Scotland Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) branch.
Stan Thompson, branch secretary Glasgow and West of Scotland CAMRA, said: “The Clydesdale Inn has increased sales of real ale by nearly 100 per cent, in the past year, which is a remarkable achievement in the local area.
“There is also strong support for local breweries, evidenced by having representatives from both Houston and Strathaven at the ‘pub of the year’ presentation.
“The staff are enthusiastic about real ale and it is appreciated by many of them, from the manager down. The atmosphere is warm and welcoming, always offering free tasters and to top up pints, when necessary.”
After just 10 months managing the outlet in his home town, Gary is celebrating the ‘pub of the year’ success with his team, as well as inclusion in the CAMRA Good Beer Guide 2013.
Gary (pictured) said: “I have a great team at The Clydesdale Inn, including my numbertwo, shift manager Scott Blacklaw. We have all worked together for a few years and they all care so much about their job, which makes my life a lot easier!”
Gary joined Wetherspoon in 2006, taking on a part-time role as a cleaner at The Clydesdale Inn, while studying a three-year Scottish history degree, as a mature student, at Glasgow University.
After just six weeks, his potential was spotted and he was promoted to bar associate at the pub.
Gary said: “I finished my degree and stayed on at the pub and they kept promoting me! I spent a year as a shift manager at The Brandon Works, in Motherwell, but the rest of the time has been at The Clydesdale Inn, in my home town of Lanark.