2019 Full Winners List
The Great British Pub of the Year & Greene King Pub of the Year
The Cott Inn, Dartington, Totnes, Devon (visit website)
Congratulations to the Cott Inn, a deserved winner of the Great British Pub of the Year. This beautiful Devonshire business offers visitors a fantastic pub going experience, with it’s stunning building coupled with a dazzling outdoor space. Food and drink are exceptionally well thought out – anyone looking to visit the Cott Inn is in for a fantastic treat.
Best for Beer (Sponsored by Wagestream)
The Drawing Board, Leamington Spa, Warwickshire (visit website)
This is a pub with a real sense of fun, from its eclectic decoration, through to its range of games – but one thing it really takes seriously is its beer offer. A strong and broad range has something to offer everyone, and it even has its own exclusive beer on tap, Elephant Wash, brewed locally.
Best for Cider (Sponsored by Heineken)
The Brunswick Inn, Derby, Derbyshire (visit website)
This is a pub that has already built an impressive reputation for its real ale offer, but now it’s turned its attention to cider with stunning effect. Offering a great range of ciders, both local and regional and including some real boundary pushers, of which all of them are cellared and served impeccably.
Best Local (Sponsored by Ei Group)
Chandos Arms, Collindale, Greater London (visit website)
A pillar of its local community, this selfless business rests upon an eclectic and inclusive live events programme that not only caters for more traditional pub going audiences but also offers a home away from home for customers that wouldn’t normally frequent a local and has even helped youngsters in the area to launch careers.
Best for Family (Sponsored by CGA Insight)
The Three Trees, Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire (visit website)
Part of the Great British Inns group of pubs, The Three Trees offers something for all the family. Its credentials range from catering for children of all ages through to afternoon teas for the older guests. An outdoor waffle bar has proven a superb addition to the operation, and is especially popular for children’s parties.
Best for Food (Sponsored by Booker/Makro)
The Dog at Wingham, near Canterbury, Kent (visit website)
This stunning Kent-based Country Pub offers a fantastic dining experience, alongside an impressive drinks list, and a gorgeous sun trap of a garden for al-fresco dining. Judges said the Italian influences on the menu and the intelligent application means every dish offers a subtle surprise.
Best Freehouse (Sponsored by KP Snacks)
The Bull, Ditchling, East Sussex (visit website)
A previous winner in this category, the Bull shows no signs of slowing down, continuing to invest, grow and improve an already impressive operation. Managed with flair by Molly Raftery, this is a pub that has it all – great food, drinks and as we heard earlier, an award-winning garden!
The Cartford Inn, Little Eccleston, Lancashire (visit website)
Passion for excellence, coupled with constant investment and innovation has set The Cartford Inn apart from the pack. This is a pub that features 16 luxury en-suite bedrooms, two of which are stunning wood cabins on stilts, while boasting panoramic views of the nearby river and beautiful Lancashire landscape.
Best for LGBTQ+
Two Brewers, Clapham High Street, South London (visit website)
The Two Brewers is no stranger to winning awards, and rightly so. Its welcoming atmosphere, plethora of events and safe space means it ticks all the right boxes. Raising thousands for charity each year, the pub also plays a huge part in the annual Pride event.
Best for Entertainment (Sponsored by Bar & Pub at The Restaurant Show)
Chaplin’s & The Cellar Bar, Bournemouth, Dorset (visit website)
This is a cracker of a site that dedicates real time and effort to putting on entertainment seven nights a week for 364 days of the year. Events are a broad mix, ranging from live music to stand-up comedy and even spoken word nights. Entertainers range from the local through to established names, giving something for everyone.
Best Pub Manager (Sponsored by Wireless Social)
Will Buck, manager of The Nags Head, Covent Garden, West London (visit website)
Running one of London’s busiest sites, directly opposite Covent Garden is no mean feat, but Will Buck handles it all with style, creating a fantastic operation that any manager would be proud of. His skill, experience and delivery has seen employers McMullen widen his responsibilities beyond just the one site to others across the capital to organise events.
Best Pub Garden (Sponsored by Fentimans)
The Bull, Ditchling, East Sussex (visit website)
This award-winning Sussex-based business has invested heavily into both its site and its garden and the results are clear to see. The Bull has carved out a fantastic outdoor space which offers a picturesque eating and dining area, produces products for the menu and has even played host to outdoor cinema evenings.
Best for Spirits (Sponsored by Diageo)
Criterion Bar, Fife, Scotland (visit website)
Fending off tough competition in the popular university town of St Andrews, The Criterion provides an expertly curated spirits experience for the discerning drinker. This small, narrow, historic venue is nevertheless perfectly formed and bursting with character.
Best for Sport (Sponsored by Sky)
Belushi’s London Bridge, London (visit website)
This winner beat off stiff competition and stood out for being a fantastic all-rounder that underpins sporting passion and a top-drawer customer experience with industry leading technology. They leave no stone unturned in their efforts to cater for an ever-changing array of sporting tests.
Best for Wine (Sponsored by Matthew Clark)
The Unruly Pig, Bromeswell, Suffolk (visit website)
Having mastered its superb food offer, The Unruly Pig has now turned its attention to its’ wine range, with impressive results. This is a pub that doesn’t do things by half and has created a number of innovative offers which help push its wine offer ahead of the crowd.
Chef of the Year & Young Chef of the Year
Chef of the Year
Tom Parker – The White Swan at Fence, Lancashire
Tom’s talent knows no bounds, and his Michelin-starred skills were utilised to their full potential in one of the toughest chef competitions to date. Judges were faced with a difficult choice but Tom’s creation on the day helped tip the balance.
Young Chef of the Year
Liam Siddy – The Legstraps, Wootton, Bedfordshire
Liam showed real grit in the young chef of the year cook off competition, wowing the judges by delivering an outstanding starter from a challenging set of ingredients in a highly pressurised situation.
Pub Company of the Year Awards
Greene King Pub of the Year
The Cott Inn, (visit website)
Steeped in history, it seems the Queen’s Head has always had a great reputation for serving delicious beers and ales. But although the pub may be old, its business is certainly keeping up with the times. Customers can receive beer alerts from the pub’s website and their celebrated pizzas are now available through Uber Eats.
Admiral Taverns Pub of the Year
Nauticus, Leith, Edinburgh (visit website)
A newer arrival on the Edinburgh scene, but one with impeccable pedigree, this beautiful pub at the heart of Leith is already making waves on the local and national scene with a listing in the Top 50 Cocktail Bars. Drawing on the area’s heritage, this is a bar that has been created with loving care and driven with real dedication.
Punch Pub of the Year
The Rising Sun, Truro, Cornwall (visit website)
Tucked down a backstreet in the picturesque town of Truro, The Rising Sun is a delight for locals and tourists to discover. This is a pub with a superb food offer, matched by a cracking drinks range. Operator Tom Hannon set out to create the kind of pub he’d like to go to, and has come up with the kind of place anyone would wish as their local.
Ei Group Pub of the Year
The Tap on Tower Street, Harrogate, North Yorkshire (visit website)
This is a pub that is simply bursting with innovation, from its clever, yet simple, food offer, through to its self-service snack machines, not to mention a range of around 400 board games. All topped off with great service and a great drinks range – this is the pub to visit in Harrogate.