A POPULAR pub is hoping to win a top accolade in a prestigious competition.
The Golden Lion is hoping to scoop the title of ‘Best freehouse pub’ after being short listed in this year’s Great British Pub Awards.
It is one of six freehouse businesses that have been short listed in the competition run by industry magazine, The Publician’s Morning Advertiser.
The winner will be crowned ‘Best freehouse pub’, not only in the North-East, but also Yorkshire and Scotland.
It was manageress Victoria White, 27, who lives off Hart Lane, who entered the pub in the competition.
The mum-of-two said: “I just applied to see if we could get anywhere and when we got the email through to say we had been short listed, I was in total shock.”
Pub owner Leo Gillan is said to be “over the moon”.
Victoria, who started working at the pub nine years ago when it opened, created a fact sheet about the pub, which is open for food from 9am until 9pm daily.
“I put a pack together about what we do, where we are, and how many customers we have and that has got us to this stage.
“We are expecting judges from the magazine to visit us in July. I think they will be interviewing us and having a bite to eat.
“I’m a bit nervous about it as we are busy creating a new function room upstairs which won’t be done until August.”
The function room will be available for corporate events and private paries.
“If we win this category, we will move on in the competition against other areas of the country”, added Victoria, who is married to Rob White and has two children, Morgan, five, Sophie, three.
If the pub, which employs more than 30 people, gets through to the finals, staff will get to attend the awards ceremony, in London in September.
“This experience has been great for staff moral and everyone is hoping we make it to the next stage,” added Victoria.