Derbyshire Times’ Best Bar 2014 competition winner has been announced after the newspaper was inundated with nominations for the much-sought after title.
The Grouse Inn, on Chatsworth Road, at Brampton, Chesterfield, took the honours and has been awarded a trophy which will no doubt take pride of place behind the bar.
Pub landlord Jodi Scattergood said: “We were shocked because there was a lot of competition but it’s so nice for our staff and the customers because they are the ones that make the pub such a success.
“Our pub appeals to lots of different people at different times. We get weekend people enjoying live music and a good night’s dancing, we get lads enjoying the TV football and we try and cater for as many people as possible.”
The Grouse pub offers live music, karaoke and comedy nights and is becoming famous far and wide for its hugely popular annual Grouse Fest with live bands performing in the car park and raising money for Chesterfield’s Ashgate Hospice.
The DT Best Bar 2014 competition was launched on October 30 and revellers and pub-goers sent in nominations by post, text and email before The Grouse came out as the overall DT winner from many popular pubs, clubs and bars from across the region.
Readers outlined their reasons for nominating The Grouse after they considered why it was their favourite place to relax and have fun.
Derbyshire Times editor Graeme Huston said: “The DT urged people to vote because we recognise that their pubs aren’t just places that serve a pint. They are places that not only offer drinks and sometimes great food but they serve as community and social hubs and as a pivotal part of people’s neighbourhoods.”
Regulars praised The Grouse for its community spirit and friendly atmosphere.