From a pool of hundreds of applicants, the Fletchers Arms pub have been shortlisted to just 6 hopefuls in the prestigious Licensee of the Year (LOYA) Awards, run by the British Institute of Innkeeping (BII). The Fletchers Arms in Denton has, for the last 21 years, been a top spot for drinkers and diners. Locals know and love it for the excellent food and drink it serves and always by the friendliest team in town. Now, Vicki Williams, Director (and Business Partner at the Fletchers) and Zac Williams-Wolfe, General Manager at this historical pub, have earned national recognition.

Zac said: “To be recognised by the BII means such a lot, they are an integral body within the hospitality industry. This award really is as good as it gets for business partners”.

Sharing their news on their social media pages, the community was delighted to hear the good news, with comments including: “You all deserve this it’s the best place in Denton. Congratulations for getting this far and the best of luck for the final”, and “It's no surprise though really, you have a great pub with amazing food, lovely attentive staff. Well done for getting this far and fingers crossed you win.”

Vicki and Zac have already undergone a rigorous application process, including a professional mystery diner, where they received near full marks, and a two-hour interview with the head judges. They now face further panel interviews in London and will find out on the 18th June if they have been crowned Licensee of the Year 2024.

Vicki said: “We received the news last week that we’d made it to the finals but had to keep it under wraps until the BII had announced their final 6. We’ve been dying to share our news. Now we have we’ve been overwhelmed by the lovely comments we’ve received from our guests. It’s a very proud moment for us.”