TOP Sheffield publican John Wyke was congratulated by Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg after he was commended in the finals of the prestigious British Institute of Innkeeping Licensee of the Year Awards.
Hallam MP Mr Clegg popped into Mr Wyke’s pub, The Old Horns, at High Bradfield, for a pint of Wainwright.
He presented John with a decanter to mark his being one of six finalists and the only licensee from the north of England left in the competition.
John, who has run the Thwaites-owned pub for four years, was among hundreds of licensees who entered.
The BII Licensee of the Year Award began in 1985 and is the longest running competition to recognise professionalism and excellence in the licensed retail sector. It is organised by BII, the professional body.
The Old Horns was named Pub of the Year and scooped a top food accolade at the Thwaites Awards for Excellence in 2011. It is run by John and his partner, Cassie Hirst, with 15 staff.
John runs the Blue Ball Inn at Wharncliffe Side and the Peacock at Stannington with his brother Ben.
Nick said: “The Bradfield area is famous for being blessed with beautiful surroundings. Now it has been officially recognised as having a pub run by one of the very best landlords in the country there are even more reasons to visit.
“The pub is often the heart of village communities and the Old Horns Inn is no different. As the local MP it was great to talk to John and community activists about local issues over a drink.”
John said: “I was absolutely thrilled to make it to the final of these highly prestigious awards especially against such strong competition. Across a series of in-depth rounds, the competition was tough but I’m proud to have made it all the way to the final.”