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The Fox and Crown's staff members took to the streets of Nottingham as the directors ran their pub, for one night only!

(l-r) The Fox and Crown’s manager Alex McKenzie and assistant manager Rosie Bateson hand over the keys to head buyer Pete Hopwell and operations director Vicki Saxby

The staff at Newark’s Fox and Crown pub have won the night off and an all-expenses-paid evening out on Thursday 22 March from their managers at Castle Rock Brewery.  While they are at play, their pub duties will be covered by the company’s managing and operations directors.

The award marks the Appletongate team’s success in having the highest increase in pub turnover across the whole of Castle Rock’s 17 pub managed estate in January and February this year compared to 2017.  And so, on at 4pm on Thursday, the seven took off their pinnies, handed over the keys to the till and start making hay.

The staff from the Fox and Crown finishing off their final drinks before hitting the road (featuring a photo bomber) 

Vicki Saxby, Castle Rock’s operations director says the award is well earned.  “January and February can see difficult trading patterns with many regulars making fewer visit to their local,” she says.  “But here at the Fox and Crown, the staff has worked wonders by not just maintaining, but increasing footfall at this time.  Well done to them, and I hope we leave the pub in a state they’d wish to find it.”

Pub manager, Alex McKenzie, says the night out no doubt had to begin with ‘one for the road’ at the Fox, before they set off to dine out in style.

The evening went off without a hitch, with managing director Colin Wilde joining Vicki and Pete on the bar to keep the locals of Newark fed and watered.

Colin Wilde, right, donned his apron and joined Vicki and Pete on the bar