A south-west London pub, the Bedford, won the supreme accolade in the Morning Advertiser's Best Pub Awards at a gala dinner at the London Hilton on Park Lane last night. The Unique-leased outlet in Balham, which is run by Chris Scholey and his Pocket Pub Company, was singled out to receive the Morning Advertiser Pub of the Year award the first time the accolade has been presented. The Bedford was chosen because it is a true all-rounder and offers a wide variety of entertainment and occasions for customers of all ages and all interests. Winners in the other categories are: Kings Head, Bishop's Cleeve, Glos (tenanted); Lion Inn, Trellech, Monmouthshire (freehouse); Alice Lisle, Rockford Green, Hants (family); Red Cat, Crank, Merseyside (food); Fat Cat, Sheffield (cask beer); Rose & Crown, Worton, Wilts (village); Carpenters Arms, Clydach, West Glam (community); Robin Hood, Durley, Hants (business development); Catherine Wheel, Albury, Herts (fundraising); St Margaret's Tavern, Twickenham, Middlesex (managed); Elgin Bar & Grill, Maida Vale, London W9 (premium bar); The Bedford, Balham, London SW12 (pub disco & club venue); Dukes Head, Hampton, Middlesex (pub environment); Black Bull Hotel, Folkestone, Kent (pub promotion); Portobello Gold, Notting Hill, London W11 (pub website); Crooked Billet, Stoke Row, Oxon (wine); and Alyesbury, Bucks (Pubwatch award for social responsibility). Pictures and a full report will appear in next week's edition.