It has only been re-opened for just over a year but already the Olive Branch has been crowned the West Sussex County Times Pub of the Year.
Having opened its doors in October 2014, the Olive Branch in the Bishopric, Horsham might not on paper, at least, have appeared to be a serious contender among its well established competitors.
Owners of the pub, Antony and Sarah Abel were delighted with their win and put it down to their “investment in and passion for people and their journey.”
Antony added: “We have put a lot of love into it creating a home away from home for our clients.”
The design of the Olive Branch, which mixes the old and the new, is certainly unique. Hannah Silverstone, who helped design the pub, said: “With options ranging from live music evenings to a quiet cosy fire to a dining area, the Olive Branch has something for everyone.”
The pub has undergone many changes over the last decade but it seems to have finally found its niche within the local pub market. On discussing where the pub is headed next, Antony hinted at an outside bar and in the new year, a cocktail and tapas bar.
The competition was launched in October when the County Times asked its readers for nominations and then put those shortlisted to a public vote.
Cheers to the Olive Branch!