‘We’ve been going from strength to strength’

Joe Robson and the team at The Coach Inn, Lesbury, who won the Best Bar competition.
Joe Robson and the team at The Coach Inn, Lesbury, who won the Best Bar competition.

A north Northumberland landlord has said his pub’s success is down to ensuring it’s a key part of the community and the team effort from his staff.

Last week, we revealed that The Coach Inn in Lesbury had won the Northumberland Gazette Best Bar 2014 competition.

And landlord Joe Robson said that he was ecstatic, but shocked to earn the title after just nine months, having only taken over in May 2014.

“It’s well-known that I had a bit of a struggle in the first month/six weeks when we didn’t have a chef. Ever since we got a chef and steadied the ship, we have been going from strength to strength. I’ve really enjoyed every day.

“My aim here really was not to make a profit – it is a business obviously, but that’s not my main idea – but to try to integrate the pub as much as possible in the community.

“I wanted the local pub to represent the local area and help local people.

“We try to make it as friendly and relaxing a place to be as possible.”

He made it clear that the entire staff was responsible for winning the award.

“It’s down to the staff and it’s a complete team effort,” he said. “There’s no way I can run it as a one-man show. We have got a really good team.”

Joe added: “I want to say a massive thank-you to the people who did vote because it wasn’t really pushed by us.

“It’s nice to know people have used their time and money to vote for us.”

For more information, visit the pub’s website.