Tyler and Pauline Torrance, who run The Boarding House restaurant and hotel in Halesworth, were crowned the winners of a prize draw contest which had run throughout the summer months to promote Adnams’ Ghost Ship.

The cash prize can be spent on the business in any way the husband and wife team wish, and will make for a welcome boost as they look ahead to some exciting plans for 2024.

Tyler, who took over The Boarding House with Pauline in 2017, said: “We are utterly ecstatic to hear that we’ve won such a great prize.

“We were really keen to be involved in the brewery’s ‘Stuff of Legend’ summer campaign, and there had been some great smaller prizes handed out, including things like theatre tickets.

“Not for one minute did we think we would take the big prize, but now that we have, we’re busy thinking what we’ll use it for, as we’ve already been talking about ideas for our hotel and restaurant in 2024.”

Tyler added: “We are possibly looking to develop the garden. We didn’t really push it much this year, just because we kept things focussed. We are front of house, and a husband-and-wife team.

“Things are really small and it’s just enough for us manage by ourselves with our small intimate team. With the ups and downs of the economy, we took the view to be very conservative.

“We are looking at next year to open up and expand again.”

One of the first to phone and congratuate the couple on their win, was Adnams Chief Executive, Dr Andy Wood OBE DL.

He said: “I was very pleased to see The Stuff of Legends campaign capturing the imagination of so many of our customers in both the on and off-trade.

This prize relates specifically to the on-trade and I am delighted to see it won by a relatively small business with enthusiastic entrepreneurial owners who deliver a great service for their customers and the community.

“It is an amazing prize and they are free to spend it as they wish.”

The Stuff of Legend promotional campaign celebrated getting out and about and enjoying the summer with Ghost Ship. The trade competition was open to pubs, bars, hotels, restaurants and other stockists nationwide.

The grand prize draw marks the end of a legendary summer, during which Adnams also gave away hundreds of other trade prizes after weekly prize draws, including Soho Theatre Tickets, pub games, bar blades and Stuff of Legend t-shirts and special in-venue events with Adnams’ brewers.

Image Tyler Torrance, The Boarding House, Halesworth Credit: Steve Hodgson

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