There are 19 categories open to entry this year, scroll down to view the full list of categories and criteria:
Best Beer Bar/Pub – Open to pubs with an excellent and profitable beer offer that has helped drive business success in the past year.
Best Cider Bar/Pub – Open to pubs with a fantastic, money-making cider offer, that has helped drive the site’s strong business performance in the past year.
Best Community Pub – Open licensees that have succeeded in building a successful pub business that is at the centre of its community.
Best Family Pub – Open to pubs for who the family market has been a key part of their business success in the past year.
Best Food Pub – Recognising pubs for who food sales are at the heart of their business success.
Best Freehouse – Recognising the freeholders that have best developed their pub’s business in the past year.
Best Inn – Recognising pubs whose accommodation offer has been a core part of their business success in the past year.
Best Live Entertainment Pub – Recognising pubs whose entertainment offer has been a core part of their business success in the past year.
Best Managed Pub – Recognising managed pubs that has driven trade most successfully over the past year.
Best Newcomer – Recognising new licensees that have made the greatest impact since entering the trade after April 2016 (open to new licensees to the industry)
Best Partnership Pub – Recognising licensees that have been the best exponents of the tenanted/leased/franchise model over the past year.
Best Pub Garden – Recognising pubs who have increased business through the development of a spectacular outdoor space.
Best Spirits Bar/Pub – Celebrating bars/pubs with an excellent and profitable spirits offer, that is has helped drive business success in the past year.
Best Sports Pub – Open to pubs for who sport is a key part of their offer and site success.
Best Turnaround – Recognising pubs that have best turned their business around over the past 12 months.
Best Wine Bar/Pub – Recognising bars/pubs with an excellent and profitable wine offer, that has been a key part of the pub’s success in the past year.
New for 2018 Best LGBTQ+ Pub – Recognising pubs that specialise in catering for the LGBQT+ community.
New for 2018 Best Chef – Recognising the chef who is pivotal to the success of the pub’s food offer.
New for 2018 Young Chef of the Year – Recognising the young chef who can demonstrate they have evolved and grown in their skillset, that they are taking on more responsibility and above all that they are ambitious and looking to develop their career.