Celebrations in full flow at Thame pub after double awards success

Frazer Sutherland outside The James Figg
Frazer Sutherland outside The James Figg

Thame pub bosses have been raising a glass in celebration after winning the title of Traditional Pub Restaurant at last night’s Oxfordshire Restaurant Awards - its second recognition in as many days.

On Tuesday, The James Figg carried off the title at an award ceremony at The Manor Hotel in Weston-on-the-Green.

Just 24 hours earlier, Peach, the company behind the free-house, was awarded the title of Best Employer in Hospitality (Large Pubs and Bars) in awards recognising the cream of hospitality employers in England and Wales.

Frazer Sutherland runs the pub with Thomas Goldsmith.

Mr Sutherland said: “We’re completely bowled over by this win, which is a real shot in the arm for everyone who works at The James Figg.

“When we first took it on in 2009, a time when many other pubs were closing, many people said we were mad to be doing it.

“Now, four years and a great deal of hard work later, it’s really great to know people still appreciate the proper pub.

“Having that recognised, as well as all the effort we’ve put into making the pub what it is today, is really heart-warming.

“We couldn’t have done it without having a great host behind the bar, offering a warm welcome and good old-fashioned hospitality to all – you can’t run a proper pub without one - nor our brilliant guests who vote with their feet every day.”

The awards come just days after a packed out pop-up version of the pub was put on at the Thame Food Festival.

Mr Sutherland said: “It’s been quite a week here in Thame, with two award wins and a festival pop-up pub serving up great local ales and live music in equal measure, and we’re still revelling in the moment.

“But we’re not having an early night quite yet.”