New landlords in line for national award after revitalising pub
A MARRIED couple, who took on the challenge of running a pub less than a year ago, are in line for a national award.
Brian and Eileen Moffat took on The Hume Arms in Torksey last year and in that time have transformed the struggling pub into a community hub.
Now, they are on the shortlist for the national title of Best Newcomers in the Great British Pub Awards, having already scooped the top spot in the midlands.
The pair have taken on a mammoth task with a pub that offers formal dining, a lunch menu, accommodation and functions.
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Torksey-born Mrs Moffat, who deals with the front of house, said: "We changed so much when we bought the pub – it was an empty room when we moved in.
"We get wonderful support from the local community. We have really been taken in by them in such a short period of time.
"We've worked really hard to get the pub back to how it used to be and we have people coming back in or trying it for the first time.
"When we first got it, I was worried we weren't doing the right thing. A lot of people were sceptical because of the recession and it is nice to have proved them wrong.
"We've been told we are on the shortlist and now it is just a case of waiting.
"Next year, we're going to put ourselves forward for the best food category because Brian has been getting a lot of compliments."
With her previous marketing experience, Mrs Moffat offers the perfect complement to her husband – a top chef and former director of a catering company.
Customers and guests also have positive things to say about the couple and what they have achieved in the pub in ten months.
Phyllis Marshall, who was staying at the Hume Arms with her husband Robert, said: "It is wonderful – you get things in the rooms that you would only expect from top end hotels.
"The food and the staff can't be faulted and there is a really good family atmosphere. We would certainly come back."
And Mr Moffat is not discounting expansion with another pub at some point in the future.
He said: "There is still a lot to do, there is always something to work on.
"But it is good to get recognition for what we've achieved from people in the trade so I am pleased.
The overall winners of the Great British Pub Awards, held by licence trade magazine the Morning Advertiser, will be announced on September 9 in London.