IT is the Best Bar None as voted for by its loyal customers – for the second year running.
But landlords Jayne Tilsley and Miles Teece already knew how important the Woodpecker was to the community before they were given the prestigious News trophy.
The couple have been running the pub, in London Road, Waterlooville, for three years and this is the second time they have scooped the Best Bar None award.
The trophy is given to the pub that is best-loved by its regulars who visit to forget the world outside.
Jayne said: ‘We’re so chuffed.
‘When we saw the shortlist I have to admit we were nervous and thought the competition was tough.
‘We were asking the customers to vote for us but they were all saying “we already have”.
‘Miles and I are here to manage and keep the pub safe. That’s our role.
‘It’s a community pub. And if someone asks us to do something for the community, that’s exactly what we do.
‘The Woody is a strong local pub. We’re very proud of that.’
Miles and Jayne have been working hard to make the pub a success. And it has paid off.
December was the most profitable Christmas period in the pub’s history. It is helped by the fact the pub is dog-friendly – the couple have two Jack Russells – and there is always some fundraising going on.
At the moment they are raising money for The Rowans Hospice in memory of a regular who died last month. Jayne added: ‘I would say we’re a huge part of the local community.
‘We have last year’s Best Bar None trophy displayed prominently beside our latest trophy. We’re chuffed.’
Coming in a close second place to The Woodpecker was the Sir Loin of Beef in Highland Road, Eastney.
In third place was The Woodman, in London Road, Purbrook.
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