15 best pubs in UK named after huge public vote

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The winners of the 21st annual Great British Pub Awards have been announced following a public vote.

All 15 winners – and countless others who made the shortlist – have provided lifelines for their communities during the coronavirus outbreak, despite many facing hardship themselves.

Having seen the role played by pubs in their communities since March, The Great British Pub Awards changed its focus in 2020, with a new set of categories for publicans to enter, including Feeding the Community, Charity Champion and Front Line Support.

The Victoria

The aim was to recognise and celebrate publicans’ selfless acts of kindness in lockdown, from feeding the elderly and vulnerable and providing NHS workers with somewhere to stay, to keeping morale high when people needed it most.

Coca-Cola has provided a £165,000 fund for the winning pubs, to help them continue their community work and make vital business improvements or upgrades over the coming months.

Coca-Cola GB Brands Director Paul Grace said: “Pubs are a vital part of Great British culture and provide a huge support to local communities. This year more than ever before, they’ve needed our support in return, which is why telling their stories through these awards is so important.

The Bowgie

“Many of the pubs we’ve heard from have achieved amazing things in lockdown, crucially, with the support of their loyal customers. We must all keep looking out for each other while restrictions remain in place, to overcome the challenges that are still on the horizon.”

Nearly 1,000 pubs entered across the 15 categories, and the winners were chosen by the Great British public. More than 65,000 voters had their say, before a virtual awards ceremony hosted by TV presenter Stephen Mulhern (on Thursday 24th September).

The winners are:

  • The Nook Cocktail Bar, Weymouth – Business Continuity Winner
  • The Portsmouth Arms, Basingstoke – Charity Champion Winner
  • White Horse, Kings Lynn – Community Mindfulness Winner
  • The Fox at Peasemore (near Newbury) – Community Services Winner
  • The Keel Row, Seaton Delaval (Northumberland) – Feeding the Community Winner
  • The Golden Lion Inn, Redruth (Cornwall) – Front Line Support Winner
  • The Swan, Clewer, Windsor – Keeping the Community Entertained Winner
  • Spread Eagle, Bromley Cross (near Bolton) – Pub Shop Winner
  • The Crown Inn, Gayton (East Anglia) – Sheltering the Community Winner
  • The Bowgie Inn, Newquay – Staff Welfare Winner
  • The Clifton Arms, Blackburn – Admiral Taverns Pub Hero Winner
  • Mowden Hotel, Darlington – EI Publican Partnerships Pub Hero Winner
  • The Fountain, Aberfeldy (Perthshire) – Greene King Pub Hero Winner
  • The Victoria, Newton Le Willows (near Warrington) – Punch Pubs Hero Winner
  • Hare and Hounds, West Ardsley (near Wakefield) – Stars Pubs & Bars Hero Winner

Ed Bedington, editor of pub trade brand The Morning Advertiser, which organises the Great British Pub Awards, said: “Early on in the pandemic we received calls from pub owners telling us of the community work going on in towns, villages and cities.

“This was all being done despite the pub owners fearing for their own livelihoods. But they knew, even though they faced adversity themselves, they had to continue to support people in their communities. That’s just what publicans do.

The Fox

“So, we wanted to bring to life these moving stories and give pubs the recognition.”

For more information and to watch the awards ceremony, which tells the stories of all the winning pubs, visit www.greatbritishpubawards.co.uk



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