A pub which has ditched bottled water in favour of filtering and selling its own to benefit people in developing countries has been acknowledged with an award.

The Winchmore in North London now sells Charity:Water, which provides clean water and sanitation to people in developing countries.

In just 15 months, licensees Mark and Eimear Walsh and their customers have raised £10,500 for the cause.

The money is already funding clean drinking water for 500 people and is about to pay for a 'Winchmore' well to be drilled in an overseas community that is short of water.

A high spec filtration system and new gas equipment in The Winchmore's cellar enable the Walshs to produce both still and sparking water on site.

It also has environmental benefits, cutting glass and plastic waste and reducing deliveries and pollution.

Now, the team have been rewarded having won the prestigious Star Award for Most Innovative Pub from Heineken-owned Star Pubs & Bars.


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Siblings Mark and Eimear took the helm at The Winchmore in 2014 investing in a major refurbishment to reopen the pub after a three-year closure.

Mark said: "With our fifth anniversary in Winchmore Hill coming up, this is a double celebration. We set out to create a great local but also a pub that makes a difference.

"Local residents have supported us all the way and always give generously to good causes, so this award is a real tribute to Winchmore. With the location of our well about to be revealed, it couldn't have come at a better time.

"We're all excited to see people on the other side of the world get easier access to clean water thanks to a few simple changes in drinking habits in Winchmore."