Make it a double: Hoole pub wins national award and Cheshire's Visit England Pub Quality Accreditation

Make it a double: Hoole pub wins national award and Cheshire's Visit England Pub Quality Accreditation

It’s a double celebration for The Faulkner in Hoole, the pub has been named Best Marketed Pub in our national awards and has also become the first in Cheshire to receive VisitEngland’s new pub quality accreditation.

The Star awards judges commended licensees Darren and Kelly Lea for a marketing campaign that not only helps maintain The Faulkner as a thriving local but promotes Hoole as a whole.

Since taking over The Faulkner four years ago, the couple has revived its fortunes and now works tirelessly to keep the pub as a popular neighbourhood hub. The judges noted the many improvements the Leas have made in 2016 from redecorating to launching a loyalty scheme to thank regulars and starting new tasting nights featuring local produce, using every possible marketing means, from chalk boards to Twitter, to spread word of the changes. 

The judges were impressed by the pub’s contribution to Hoole’s success as a popular destination and how Darren, as Vice Chair of Nottinghoole, champions its Great British High Street Award entries and events such as its street festivals and Christmas Light Switch On, to bring people to the area.

As well as displaying its Star award, The Faulkner is also sporting a VistEngland Accredited Pub Marque, which it received after a detailed assessment of its quality and standards by the national tourism agency.

“The Faulkner is an outstanding pub and Darren and Kelly are outstanding licensees. They’re not only passionate about their pub but about the community it serves and are brilliant at promoting both to help them go from strength to strength. It’s no surprise that The Faulkner is the first in the county to have won a VisitEngland accreditation,” says Lawson Mountstevens, Star Pubs & Bars Managing Director.

Darren and Kelly received their prestigious Star award at a gala presentation evening in Liverpool from football legend and broadcaster Chris Kamara.

“We’re ecstatic with our award and accreditation. It was my dream from childhood to have my own pub and Kelly and I, along with our brilliant staff, are committed to making The Faulkner the best we can. To be recognised for our efforts is fantastic. If Hoole wins another Great British High Street Award at the finals in a couple of weeks, Christmas really will have come early,” said Darren.