The Star’s best bar of the year revealed

The Rawson Spring manager Grace Hopkins and staff memebers Sharon Talbot and Gareth Judge celebrate their bar of the year award.
The Rawson Spring manager Grace Hopkins and staff memebers Sharon Talbot and Gareth Judge celebrate their bar of the year award.
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Jubilant staff and regulars at a popular Sheffield pub are raising a glass after being named The Star’s Best Bar of the Year 2014.

The Rawson Spring on Langsett Road, Hillsborough, proved it was the best bar none when it was named winner of the prestigious title after a vote by Star readers.

The friendly pub, part of the JD Wetherspoon chain, was singled out for its welcoming staff and excellent value food and drink.

Pub manager Grace Hopkinson said both the staff and customers were hoping to the pub would scoop the title. “Lots of customers kept bringing forms in and saying they were going to vote for us so we knew we were getting a fair few votes,” said Grace.

“That said, we weren’t sure how many votes the other pubs were getting and we were up against some tough competition but remained hopeful.

“We were really happy when we found out that we had won – as the competition is voted for by readers and customers it’s a real testament to the team here, as well as the pub chain.”

Grace, who has worked at The Rawson Spring for five years, said the bar attracts customers of all ages and puts a proportion of its success down to the dedicated staff team.

“There is a lady in her 80s that comes in every weekend, plus we have families during the day and a younger crowd in the evening, though everyone mixes together which creates a good atmosphere.

“Although it’s a chain, the pub has a friendly, local feel about it.

“Staff welcome regulars by their names and remember their drink orders.”

Affordable food and drink is also a big plus point for customers according to Grace.

She said: “There is a lot of competition in Hillsborough but we try to offer really good value menus and promotions while still keeping up standards.”

Grace and her team were presented with a plaque to commemorate their award, which will nowtake pride of place behind the bar.

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