The chief executive of pubs group JD Wetherspoon landed a near 30% hike in his pay and bonus package to £1.1 million after toasting another year of record annual sales and profits.
John Hutson saw his total pay and shares swell after being awarded a £95,000 cash bonus, as well as £109,000 worth of shares under a long-term incentive scheme and a £358,000 share windfall in deferred payments from a plan set up in 2005.
The group's annual report revealed that on top of a 2.5% rise in annual salary, executive directors also received 16.5% of their pay as a bonus after underlying pre-tax profits leapt 6.3% to a record-breaking £76.9 million in the year to July 28.
Another 5% of salary was paid as an extra cash bonus for making pub visits each month to carry out mystery shopper-style assessments and to talk to landlords - a long-standing bonus policy at the group.
Mr Hutson makes a minimum of 40 pub calls every month, while chairman and founder Tim Martin also spends the majority of the week out of the office visiting pubs in the chain, although he does not pick up a bonus.
Mr Martin, who owns a 26.5% stake in Wetherspoon, saw his salary remain at £324,000, although his overall package fell slightly as he was paid less for taxable benefits, such as rail travel.
Details of the payouts follow a robust year for the chain of nearly 900 pubs.
Underlying revenues rose 5.8% after a 10.9% surge in like-for-like food sales thanks to a menu overhaul, as well as a 3.8% rise in bar takings after strong sales of traditional ales and ciders.
Employees throughout the group shared in the rise in annual profits as Wetherspoon paid bonuses and free shares worth £28.6 million to its workforce of around 26,000 staff during the year to the end of July.
But Wetherspoon cautioned over subdued recent trading on unveiling the annual figures last month as sales growth slowed to 2.5% in the first two weeks of September.
Wetherspoon - named after one of Mr Martin's teachers - opened its first pub in north London in 1979.