Holy Inadequate is Stoke-on-Trent's pub of the year
THE Holy Inadequate has failed to live up to its name – by being crowned Stoke-on-Trent's pub of the year.
The Etruria ale house has landed the title at Stoke Beer Festival at the first time of asking.
Owner and landlord Paul Cope has run the pub since March 2011 after it had closed down because of a lack of trade.
The award was handed out by the Potteries branch of the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) on Saturday.
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Paul said: "We're really pleased to win the award so soon after opening and I would like to thank all of our regulars and CAMRA for voting for us.
"I think the key to our success is that we source about 80 per cent of our products from local companies.
"Our ale is local, so are our crisps and snacks and we support local musicians by holding music nights."
Paul has previously run pubs in Newcastle, including the Full Moon in Liverpool Road.
He has also lived in Australia where he worked as an electrician before returning to Stoke-on-Trent.
He added: "You can't beat the people in Stoke-on-Trent. I found I was happier working in pubs here than as an electrician out there."
Paul has also praised the work of his staff, Jason Barlow and Rachel Goodwin, who have also managed pubs.
He added: "They're experts at what they do and they're friendly and welcoming.
"We're a destination pub for ale lovers and regulars and it's a good atmosphere.
"We don't have bad language and we don't have a pool table, TV or any gambling machines.
"People come here for a good drink and a chat."
Work is currently being carried out to install a kitchen and improve the car park. It is part of plans to start a lunchtime oatcake service.
He said: "When the works are completed, we want to launch a lunchtime menu.
"I intend to stick to our philosophy of only using locally-sourced produce.
"That means the best Staffordshire cheeses and cured bacon."
The pub is holding its own beer festival from tomorrow until Sunday.
Regular Wazi Ahmed, of Etruria Old Road, said: "It's a really good place to come for a drink.
"Everyone's really friendly and they definitely deserve this award."
Potteries CAMRA branch chairman Corin Brown said: "This pub has everything, it has great real ale, a good choice of beverages and a nice atmosphere."