My customers? Simply the best!

Regulars at the Dusty Miller which has been crowned Brighouse Echo pub of the year

Regulars at the Dusty Miller which has been crowned Brighouse Echo pub of the year

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THE winner of the Brighouse Echo’s Pub of the Year 2011 competition has heaped praise on his loyal customers for their support.

The Dusty Miller, Hove Edge, beat off stiff competition from 22 rivals vying for the prestigious title.

Landlord Robert Wilde was quick to thank everyone for all their backing.

“It is really down to them for making it such a success.

“A pub is only as good as its customers and fortunately we have some really good and loyal regulars,” he said. “Where we are situated makes the Dusty a real community based pub. We cater for all ages – we recently held a children’s fourth birthday party and our oldest regular is 96!

“We have a lot of couples who come in and people soon make friends here because it is such a relaxed and welcoming atmosphere.

“We try to cater for everybody here and it really helps having a really good team with our five other members of staff.”

After taking over at the pub almost five years ago, Robert has made sure it has been involved in numerous charity events and has gained popularity with its seasonal decorations.

Forthcoming events include a hog and horse racing night for Cancer Research as well as Blitz, Glitz and Hits night for Help the Heroes.

Tickets for a black tie New Year’s Eve event are also selling quickly having only gone on sale last week.

“When we get approached to hold an event we try do as thorough a job as possible,” said Richard who has been running pubs around the area for the last 26 years.

“We like to go over the top with the seasonal decorations because if you are going to do it, you may as well do it properly. It normally takes us around three days to get everything up and running for Christmas.”

The Dusty is also behind nearby sport clubs sponsoring Brighouse Juniors and two teams operating from the pub as well as helping with the Brighouse ladies team.