A PUB in Bayswater has been named one of the finest water holes in the UK.
The Victoria, in Strathearn Place, which is managed by Chris Cochran and Helen Wilson, was honoured with the titles 'best city pub' and 'pub of the year', by Fuller's family brewers.
The awards ceremony took place on Wednesday (Nov 4) last week, at the Fuller's Griffin Brewery in Chiswick.
The highly coveted Griffin trophy, the prize for being named 'pub of the year', is making a swift return to The Victoria as the pub was also victorious in the competition in 2007.
Prizes were also handed in other categories including best country or village pub, and best town pub.
Presenting the award, Fuller's chairman Michael Turner said: "The Victoria is a truly classic London pub and a real jewel in Fuller's crown.
"The pub stands proudly on the corner of Strathearn Place and Sussex Place, and sits right at the heart of its community.
"It attracts a wide range of customers, from tourists to local residents, but while the customers may be varied, Chris, Helen and their team make sure they all receive the same excellent service once inside The Victoria."
The winner of the Griffin trophy wins a holiday to the value of £3,000, £500 to share with the pub's staff, a commemorative plaque and the trophy.
Mr Cochran, accepting the award, said: "We've missed having the Griffin trophy sitting on our back bar so will take great pleasure in placing it back where it belongs once we return to the pub.
"I can't wait to share the news with our customers, they will be so happy for us and who knows, may even buy us a drink to celebrate."