Our 2019 Finalists

This year saw hundreds of pubs enter the awards and judges had to whittle each category down before the on-the-road judging begins, which will also be followed by a Skype interview.


See the full list of finalists below…

Best for Cider

  • Brunswick Inn, Derby, Derbyshire
  • The Harlequin, Sheffield, South Yorkshire
  • The Orchard Inn, Bristol
  • The Star, Godalming, Surrey

Best for Entertainment

  • Apehangers Bar, Leamington Spa, Warwickshire
  • Chaplins & Cellar Bar, Bournemouth, Dorset
  • Rendezvous, Weymouth, Dorset
  • The Canal Turn, Carnforth, Lancashire
  • The Bill Murray, Islington, North London
  • The Caledonia, Liverpool, Merseyside

Best for Family

  • The Don War Memorial Pub, Stockton-on-Tees, County Durham
  • The Fat Pug, Leamington Spa, Warwickshire
  • The Kings Head Inn, Newton-under-Roseberry, North Yorkshire
  • The Langton Arms, Blandford Forum, Dorset
  • The Three Trees, Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire
  • Wrygarth Inn, Great Hatfield, East Yorkshire

Best for Food

  • Fox & Hounds Barley, Royston, Hertfordshire
  • The Devonshire Arms at Beeley, Derbyshire
  • The Dog at Wingham, near Canterbury, Kent
  • The Purefoy Arms, Basingstoke, Hampshire
  • The Sun Inn, Dedham, Essex
  • The White Swan, Fence, Lancashire

Best for LGBTQ+

  • City of Quebec, Marylebone, West London
  • Storm Cellar, Whitley Bay, Tyne & Wear
  • The Fox, Birmingham
  • The Red Lion Inn, Raithby, Lincolnshire
  • The Yard, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Tyre & Wear
  • Two Brewers, Clapham, South London

Best for Sport

  • Barratts Club, Northampton, Northamptonshire
  • Belushi’s London Bridge, London
  • Elevens Bar & Grill, Cardiff, Wales
  • The Foundry, Aberdeen, Scotland
  • The Gardeners Arms / The Murderers, Norwich, Norfolk
  • The Sandon, Liverpool, Merseyside

Best for Wine

  • Fox & Hounds Barley, Royston, Hertfordshire
  • Guinea Grill, Mayfair, West London
  • The New Inn, Hurstpierpoint, West Sussex
  • The Three Crowns, Chagford, Devon
  • The Turks Head, Hasketon, Suffolk
  • The Unruly Pig, Bromeswell, Suffolk

Best Freehouse

  • Aldwark Arms, York, North Yorkshire
  • Angel & Harlequin, Sheffield, South Yorkshire
  • Phoenix Arts Club, Soho, West London
  • The Bamburgh Castle Inn, Seahouses, Northumberland
  • The Bull, Ditchling, East Sussex
  • The Turks Head, Woodbridge, Suffolk

Best Inn

  • Dukes, Sidmouth, Devon
  • Port Gaverne, Port Isaac, Cornwall
  • The Bamburgh Castle Inn, Seahouses, Northumberland
  • The Boot, Repton, Derbyshire
  • The Cartford Inn, Little Eccleston, Lancashire
  • The Devonshire Arms at Beeley, Derbyshire

Best Local

  • Chandos Arms, Collindale, Greater London
  • Phoenix Arts Club, Soho, West London
  • The Canal Turn, Carnforth, Lancashire
  • The Bull, Ditchling, East Sussex
  • The Fleece Inn, Bretforton, Worcestershire
  • The Lion Treorchy, Treorchy, Rhondda, Wales

Best Pub Garden

  • The Bell, Ticehurst, East Sussex
  • The Bull, Ditchling, East Sussex
  • The Old Crown, Birmingham, West Midlands
  • The Royal Dyche, Burnley, Lancashire
  • The Tamworth Tap, Tamworth, Staffordshire
  • The Turks Head, Woodbridge, Suffolk

Best Pub Manager

  • Ray Turnbull, general manager of Barton’s Mill Pub and Dining, Basingstoke, Hampshire
  • Will Buck, manager of The Nags Head, Covent Garden, West London
  • Paul Stephens, general manager of The Old Customs House, Portsmouth, Hampshire
  • Sally Williamson, general manager of The Swan Inn, Swineford, Avon
  • Molly Raftery, manager of The Bull, Ditchling, East Sussex
  • Chris Norfolk, chef-patron of the Elm Tree, Creswell, Derbyshire

Best for Beer

  • Brooksteed Alehouse, Worthing, East Sussex
  • Crutched Friar, Tower Hill, City of London
  • North Brewing Co. Tap, Leeds, West Yorkshire
  • The Bunch of Grapes, Pontypridd, Wales
  • The Drawing Board, Leamington Spa, Warwickshire
  • The Pembury Tavern, Hackney, East London

Best for Spirits

  • Cheers Cafe Bar & Tavern, Fraserburgh, Scotland
  • Criterion Bar, Fife, Scotland
  • The Cow, Dalbury, Derbyshire
  • The Mad Hatter, Oxford, Oxfordshire
  • The Monkey Suit, Exeter, Devon
  • The Snooty Fox, Carnforth, Cumbria

Chef of the Year

  • Rob Taylor, chef-patron of The Compasses Inn, Crundale, Kent
  • Brett Barnes, chef at The Fox & Hounds Barley, Hertfordshire
  • Mike Shaw, chef of the White Hart and Lydgate, Greater Manchester
  • Gordon Stotts, chef of the Purefoy Arms, Preston Candover, Hampshire
  • Dave Wall, head chef of the Unruly Pig, Bromeswell, Suffolk
  • Tom Parker, chef of the White Swan in Fence, Lancashire

Young Chef of the Year

  • The Swan Inn, Swineford, Avon
  • The Crate & Apple, Chichester, West Sussex
  • The Legstraps, Wootton, Bedfordshire

Greene King Pub of the Year

  • The Barologist, Leith, Edinburgh
  • The Crown Inn, Biggar, Scotland
  • The Greene Oak, Windsor, Berkshire
  • The Cott Inn, Dartington, Totnes, Devon
  • The Mayflower, Rotherlithe, South-East London
  • The White Lion, Walkern, Hertfordshire

Admiral Pub of the Year

  • The Five Bells, Lower Halling, Kent
  • The Half Moon, Hitchin, Hertfordshire
  • Mother Shipton Inn, Knaresborough, North Yorkshire
  • Nauticus, Leith, Edinburgh
  • Royal Oak, Brandon, Warwickshire
  • Carpenters Arms, Miserden, Gloucestershire

Punch Pub of the Year

  • The Rising Sun, Truro, Cornwall
  • The Goose, Manchester
  • The Cotton Tree, Bollington, Macclesfield, Cheshire
  • Champs, Washington, Tyne & Wear
  • Airedale Heifer, Keighley, West Yorkshire
  • Woolpack, Ipswich, Suffolk

Ei Group Pub of the Year

  • The Half Moon, Kirdford, West Sussex
  • The Lion, Treorchy, South Wales
  • The Woodman, Ruislip, West London
  • The Snooty Fox, Kirkby Lonsdale, Cumbria
  • The Milford Arms, Isleworth, London
  • The Tap on Tower Street, Harrogate, North Yorkshire