A LICENSEE has won a prestigious award just months after taking over a popular village pub.
Clare Riddle, 32, who runs the McOrville Inn, in Elwick, was celebrating after she was awarded the Cask Marque award, a nationally-recognised accreditation given to pubs which serve the finest quality cask ale.
Clare, who lives on site at the pub, said she was extremely proud to be given the award, and said she works extremely hard to guarantee good-quality ale.
The pub, which only a few months ago was facing an uncertain future, always has three ales on offer to customers.
Black Sheep is a regular fixture at the village pub while punters can enjoy a tipple of two guest ales.
Delighted Clare told the Mail: “I have been working in the industry for 16 years but most of that time has been spent predominantly in the kitchen.
“It’s only been recently, and obviously since I took over here that I have been out of the kitchen as well and this is something I have worked so hard for.
“I am absolutely ecstatic. The cask ale is something I am very proud of and I take great pride in every ale we get into the pub.
“Cask ale is the way forward, and it’s extremely popular with our customers.”
The McOrville is owned by Leeds-based N8 Pub company.
The Hartlepool-born managing director, Chris Howard, said: “This is a fantastic achievement for Clare and the team after just a few short months of taking over the McOrville.
“As with our food at the McOrville, our cask ale is also sourced locally from small independent companies and micro brewers like Consett Ale Works, Walls brewery of Northallerton, York brewery and Alnwick brewery to name just a few.
“It’s good to see that Clare’s commitment to serving a good pint in a traditional local pub has been rewarded”.