Winners

2017 WINNERS

WINE PUB/BAR OF THE YEAR

The Inn West End, Woking, Surrey

This Surrey-based business impressed judges with its dedication to offering an impressive wine offer to customers, pulling people in from far and wide.


BEER PUB/BAR OF THE YEAR

Temple Brew House, London

With a great range of beers, knowledgeable staff, and its own microbrewery, this pub really stood out for judges in the competition.


SPIRITS BAR/PUB OF THE YEAR (Sponsored by Diageo)

Pleased to Meet You, Newcastle upon Tyne

The Newcastle-based operation is rapidly carving a strong reputation for itself, not just in Newcastle but also across the UK, for its cocktail and spirits offering, something that clearly caught the judges’ eyes.


CIDER PUB/BAR OF THE YEAR

The Crown at Woolhope, Hereford

This Herefordshire-based pub lives and breathes cider, with operator Matthew Slocombe even brewing his own products on the grounds.


BEST PUB GARDEN (Sponsored by Southern Comfort)

The Waterside Inn, Ware, Hertfordshire

The Hertfordshire-business puts its heart and soul into its pub garden, which has clearly paid off after judges were wowed by its riverside outdoor space.


BEST FAMILY PUB  (Sponsored by Coca-Cola European Partners)

The Eastfield Inn, Bristol

This Bristol-based business puts families at the very heart of its operations, and is a true innovator, offering everything from toddler tapas, to a family focused New Year’s Eve party which finishes at 7pm!


BEST LIVE ENTERTAINMENT PUB

Rendezvous, Weymouth, Dorset

This Weymouth-based business has built a huge operation around live music, holding a series of hugely successful festivals throughout the year.


BEST FOOD PUB  (Sponsored by Booker/Makro)

The Compasses Inn, Canterbury, Kent

Run by Rob and Donna Taylor, this Kent-based business has already won plaudits being listed in the Top 50 Gastropubs, and his gone onto seal its success even further in the Great British Pub Awards.


BEST INN

The White Horse, Chilgrove, Chichester

Based in the heart of the West Sussex, this is a business, which has seen huge refurbishment, and new owners who have embraced the opportunity being on the doorstep of the South Downs.


BEST NEWCOMER (Sponsored by Punch)

The Firehouse, Curry Rivel, Somerset

The pub, based in Curry Rivel, Somerset, is a family run operation and has proven a massive hit since first opening its doors following a major overhaul in May 2016.


BEST MANAGED PUB  (Sponsored by MAJobs)

The Coach and Four, Wilmslow, Cheshire

Described as the jewel in the crown for family brewers Hydes, this Wilmslow-based operation is a powerhouse of a business, and wowed judges throughout the competition


BEST PARTNERSHIP PUB  (Sponsored by EI Group)

Eagle and Child, Ramsbottom, Lancashire

Taking on a closed and run down pub six years ago, Glen and his team, working with the Daniel Thwaites brewery, has created an operation that is more than just a pub.


BEST FREEHOUSE (Sponsored by The Bar & Pub Show)

The Roebuck Inn, Laughton, East Sussex

Run by seasoned operators Tony Leonard and Dominic McCartan, this steampunk-themed pub, in the sleepy hamlet of Laughton, East Sussex, is a gem of an operation, offering a great range of drinks and food.


BEST COMMUNITY PUB  (Sponsored by Admiral Taverns)

The Chandos Arms, Colindale, London

Based in Collindale, North London, operators Emily and Arve Koltveit have taken a run down back street boozer and created a haven, which has helped unite the surrounding, fractured community.


BEST STUDENT PUB 

Dram, Glasgow

This Glasgow-based operation has built a strong business with the city’s student crowds, with a vibrant drinks range and a great emphasis on events.


BEST SPORTS PUB  (Sponsored by Sky)

Famous Three Kings, West London

Based in West Kensington, London, the Famous Three Kings took the title for the second year on the run, after yet again impressing the judges with its dedicated approach to showcasing sport.


BEST TURNAROUND PUB (Sponsored by Molson Coors)

Rumba, Macclesfield, Cheshire

Reinventing a struggling former high street boozer into a trendy tiki bar has proven a huge hit with Macclesfield residents and judges alike.


THE JOHN SMITH’S GREAT BRITISH PUB OF THE YEAR 2017

The Eagle and Child, Ramsbottom, Lancashire

Being a stunning and a well-run business, the Eagle and Child, run by licensee Glen Duckett, impressed judges with its commitment to be a social enterprise, a move that has seen a large number of disadvantaged young people given a fresh start in life.