Best pub in the UK: Is your local a winner? 15 top pubs named in awards
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15 pubs have been announced as the winner of the 21st annual The Great British Pub Awards following a vote. The winners, as well as others who made the shortlist, provided help for their communities throughout the UK lockdown, despite facing struggles themselves.
In March, all pubs were told to close to help prevent the coronavirus spreading.
This put thousands of businesses at risk with them seeing no money or customers for several months.
Nonetheless, pubs across the country turned their spare time into helping those who needed it the most.
Having helped their communities since March, The Great British Pub Awards changed its focus in 2020, with a new set of categories.
These included Feeding the Community, Charity Champion and Front Line Support.
The aim of these categories was to recognise the pubs acts of kindness during the lockdown.
From helping to feed the elderly and vulnerable, to providing NHS workers with somewhere warm to stay, pubs around the country worked endlessly to help others when they were shut for several months.
Coca-Cola has provided a £165,000 fund for the winning pubs, to help them continue with their community work as well as help them make business improvements or upgrades when it is needed most.
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The Great British Pub Awards saw over 1,000 pubs enter across the current 15 categories, and the winners were chosen by the British public.
More than 65,000 people voted on who they thought should win the award.
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.
“So, we wanted to bring to life these moving stories and give pubs the recognition.”
A virtual awards ceremony was hosted by TV presenter Stephen Mulhern to reveal the results.
The following pubs have all won the award and will be crowned with £165,000 thanks to Coca-Cola.
1. The Nook Cocktail Bar, Weymouth – Business Continuity Winner
2. The Portsmouth Arms, Basingstoke – Charity Champion Winner
3. White Horse, Kings Lynn – Community Mindfulness Winner
4. The Fox at Peasemore (near Newbury) – Community Services Winner
5. The Keel Row, Seaton Delaval (Northumberland) – Feeding the Community Winner
6. The Golden Lion Inn, Redruth (Cornwall) – Front Line Support Winner
7. The Swan, Clewer, Windsor – Keeping the Community Entertained Winner
8. Spread Eagle, Bromley Cross (near Bolton) – Pub Shop Winner
9. The Crown Inn, Gayton (East Anglia) – Sheltering the Community Winner
10. The Bowgie Inn, Newquay – Staff Welfare Winner
11. The Clifton Arms, Blackburn – Admiral Taverns Pub Hero Winner
12. Mowden Hotel, Darlington – EI Publican Partnerships Pub Hero Winner
13. The Fountain, Aberfeldy (Perthshire) – Greene King Pub Hero Winner
14. The Victoria, Newton Le Willows (near Warrington) – Punch Pubs Hero Winner
15. Hare and Hounds, West Ardsley (near Wakefield) – Stars Pubs & Bars Hero Winner
Coca-Cola GB Brands Director Paul Grace added: “Pubs are a vital part of Great British culture and provide a huge support to local communities.
“This can often be overlooked, but they bring together a diverse mix of people who might otherwise be on their own or unlikely to meet.
“During this pandemic and through these awards we have seen how important it is to help support these businesses through hard times just as they have supported their communities.”
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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