London brewer and premium pub company Fuller’s has named The Hydrant in Monument as its “pub of the year”.

The pub, run by Alison Ross, won the top prize, The Griffin Trophy, ahead of 400 other Fuller’s pubs for its “commitment to building the pub’s reputation as one of London’s leading craft beer bars, championed by in-house beer experts and mixologists, and for its menus”.

Following an extensive selection process, the 13 Griffin Trophy finalists were visited by chairman Michael Turner, chief executive Simon Emeny, and corporate affairs director Richard Fuller, who chose the winner between them.

The Hydrant also took first prize in the Best City/London Pub category.

Turner said: “I am delighted to present The Griffin Trophy to Alison and the team at The Hydrant who imbue this pub with a great fun atmosphere. Following The Hydrant’s refurbishment and repositioning in 2015, this pub has gone from strength to strength. The creativity and leadership in the team has established the pub as an exciting craft beer bar, famous for its beer and food evenings. It also has one of the most interesting breakfast menus to be found in the City of London.”

Ross said: “This is a fantastic surprise. A pub is nothing without its people so I would like to thank all my customers who have supported the pub since its reopening and my wonderful staff, who make the pub what it is.”

The prize for the winning pub comprises a £5,000 holiday, a staff party, an engraved plaque and The Griffin Trophy itself.