The Rising Sun, Milland crowned Griffin Trophy winner

It’s a tough job deciding the best pub out of 391, but every year, a panel of judges do just that.

This year, we are delighted to reveal that the winner of The Griffin Trophy is The Rising Sun, Milland, Hampshire, run by Ben Burston.

The result was announced at a ceremony held in the Board Room at the brewery in Chiswick yesterday. The pub also took top prize in the Best Country/Village Pub category.

The Griffin Trophy awards recognise the efforts and achievements of our top managers and tenants in five categories: Outstanding Achievement, Best City/London Pub, Best Hotel/Inn, Best Town/Local Pub and Best Country/Village Pub.

Chairman Michael Turner, said:"I am delighted to be presenting the Griffin Trophy to Ben and the team at The Rising Sun. 

“Ben is no stranger to The Griffin Trophy competition, having won his category last year. He has built on last year’s success, taking the pub from strength to strength. The Rising Sun is a true village local in the heart of the South Downs National Park countryside. It is renowned for its exceptional atmosphere, great food, well-kept ales, and charming staff."

"A pub is nothing without its people so I would like to thank all my customers who have supported the pub over the years and my wonderful staff, who make the pub what it is."

Ben Burston, licensee of The Rising Sun, said: “This is a fantastic surprise. A pub is nothing without its people so I would like to thank all my customers who have supported the pub over the years and my wonderful staff, who make the pub what it is.” 

The prize for the winning pub comprises a £5,000 holiday, a staff party, an engraved plaque and the coveted Griffin Trophy itself.

For more information on this great pub, visit their website.

The Griffin Trophy Winner 2015
The Rising Sun, Iping Road, Milland, Liphook, Hampshire GU30 7NA

Outstanding Achievement category
Winner: The Distillers, 64 Fulham Palace Road, London, W6 9PH
Runner-up: The Royal Oak, 128 Worton Road, Isleworth, Middlesex, TW7 6EP
Runner-up: The Frog and Wicket, The Green, Eversley Cross, Hants, Hook RG27 0NS

Best City/London Pub category
Winner: The Tokenhouse, 4 Moorgate, London EC2R 6DA
Runner-up: The Admiralty, 66 Trafalgar Square, London WC2N 5DS

Best Town/Local Pub category
Winner: The Three Horseshoes, Shepperton Road, Staines, Surrey TW18 1SE
Runner-up: The Paper Mill, Stationers Place, Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire HP3 9RH
Runner-up: The Griffin, Brook Road, Brentford, Middlesex TW8 0NP

Best Country/Village Pub category
Winner: The Rising Sun, Iping Road, Liphook, Hampshire, GU30 7NA
Runner-up: The Grove Lock, Grove, Leighton Buzzard, Bedford LU7 0QU

Best Hotel/Inn category
Winner: The White Buck Inn, Bisterne Close, Hampshire, Burley BH24 4AZ
Runner-up: The Princess Royal, Guildford Road, Runfold, Farnham, Surrey GU10 1NX