THE Old Stocks Inn has been named as one of the hospitality industry’s best employers in the country.

The hotel and restaurant, in Stow-on-the-Wold, has beaten off competition to come eighth in The Caterer Magazine’s ‘Best Places to Work in Hospitality’ shortlist – along with 30 other nominated hospitality businesses in the UK.

Jim Cockell, owner of the Old Stocks Inn, said: “We’re thrilled to have been named eighth in The Caterer’s prestigious Best Places to Work in Hospitality shortlist.

“The award means a lot to us as our nomination comes exclusively from feedback gathered from our team and we’ve pipped some of the biggest names in the industry to the post to get a spot within the top ten.

“We’re proud to be a great employer and we’ve always strived to make the Old Stocks Inn a fun and friendly place to work, where our troupe – as we affectionately call our team – can express their individual personalities and progress in the business, too.”

The awards, which are operated by The Caterer and employment engagement experts Purple Cubed, recognise the 30 best employers across the UK’s hotels, restaurants, food service operators and pub and bar operators.

Mr Cockell added: “We believe wholeheartedly that if you treat your employees well and reward and recognise their efforts, they will reward your business with excellent service.

“The Old Stocks’ success, coupled with this latest award, proves testimony to this approach, and I’d like to thank all of our team for providing such great feedback as part of the nomination process.”

The shortlisting comes just weeks after The Old Stocks announced it was expanding the business with the opening of a new holiday cottage in Stow-on-the-Wold.