Hartlepool’s top pub revealed: Mail readers pick their favourite

Gary and Rebecca Drake, general managers of the Stag and Monkey, with their Hartlepool Mail Pub of The Year trophy.
Gary and Rebecca Drake, general managers of the Stag and Monkey, with their Hartlepool Mail Pub of The Year trophy.
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Staff at a Hartlepool pub are overjoyed to be named the Hartlepool Mail’s Pub of the Year after loyal customers voted for it to be recognised as the best in the town.

The Stag and Monkey, in Brenda Road, Hartlepool, was voted as the Mail’s pub of the year after we asked readers to vote for their favourite.

Gary and Rebecca Drake, general managers of the Stag and Monkey, which Mail readers have voted our Pub of the Year.

Gary and Rebecca Drake, general managers of the Stag and Monkey, which Mail readers have voted our Pub of the Year.

Readers were asked to send us their nominations by post to vote for the pub to win the Mail honour.

The Stag and Monkey scored the highest out of the list of nominees, which included a wide range of Hartlepool pubs.

The pub’s general manager Rebecca Drake and co-manager Gary Drake, were over the moon with the award. “I was not expecting this at all,” Ms Drake said: “It’s fabulous. I wasn’t expecting this win! I have worked in a lot of different pubs, but I love this one. It is a lovely pub.”

The pub which serves food and has 32 staff is owned by Greene King as part of the Hungry Horse chain.

Since it opened in the town a year and a half ago, many of its customers have become regulars.

The Stag and Monkey has its own pool and football team which competes against other pubs in and out of the town.

Bosses say it also holds a variety of activities each night including a quiz on a Monday night; free pool if you buy a drink on a Tuesday; rock and roll bingo is held on a Wednesday; a music quiz is held on a Thursday; and on Friday and Saturday nights there is a karaoke and disco.

Runners-up in the award were The Globe, in Northgate, on the Headland, which took second place and The Nursery Inn, in Hopps Street, which took third place.