GBPA 2016 finalists revealed

By Nikkie Sutton

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GBPA 2016 finalists revealed

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After a record number of entries this year for the 'Oscars of the trade', The Morning Advertiser's Great British Pub Awards, the finalists have now been announced.

Following a rigorous initial two rounds of judging, finalists were chosen from more than 1,300 entries, across 16 categories, which will lead on to members of the judging team visiting venues to watch the pubs in action and interview licensees.

A winner from each category will be selected and announced at the glittering Best of British-themed ceremony at the Hilton Park Lane, London, on 5 October.

From the category winners, an overall champion of champions is selected – the Great British Pub of the Year 2016.

Editor of The Morning Advertiser ​Ed Bedington said: "The pub sector is thriving and that success is being driven by superb operators, and none more so than our finalists in this competition. They’ve been narrowed down from a highly competitive field, and my commiserations to those that didn’t get through – it was a tough challenge judging these categories so far.

“Our finalists here represent the best in the industry and I’d like to wish them all the best of the luck in the competition going forward. To be a finalist in this tough competition is a superb achievement and it’s going to be a real honour to reveal our ultimate winners.”

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Best Beer Bar/Pub

Bunch of Grapes, Pontypridd, south Wales

Purecraft Bar & Kitchen, Birmingham

The Craft Beer Co, Leather Lane, Clerkenwell, central London

The Griffin, Halstead, Essex

The Grove, Huddersfield

The Sheffield Tap, Sheffield

Best Sports Pub

Bar Sport, Derby

Famous Three Kings, Fulham

The Prince of Wales, Fleet, Hampshire

The Two Sportsmen, Piccadilly Circus

Champs Sports Bar and Grill, Sheffield

Best Community Pub

Alexandra Vaults, Saltburn-by-the-Sea, North Yorkshire

The Bevy, Brighton

The Chequers, Westoning, Bedford

The Firbank Pub & Kitchen, Wythenshawe, Manchester

The Ropemakers, Bridport, Dorset

Wrygarth Inn, Hornsea, East Yorkshire

Best Family Pub

Puss in Boots, Stockport, Greater Manchester

The Boot, Sarratt, Hertfordshire

The Fighting Cocks, Horton Kirby, Kent

The Five Bells, Colne Engaine, Essex

The White Horse, Ruddington, Nottinghamshire

Wrygarth Inn, Hornsea, East Yorkshire

Best Wine Bar/Pub

The Chequers Inn, Bilton-in-Ainsty, York

The Red Lion and Sun, Highgate, north London

The Truscott Arms, Maida Vale, west London

The Waterfront Pub and Dining, Plymouth

The Yew Tree Inn, Spurstow, Tarporley, Cheshire

Best Food Pub

Compasses Inn, Ashford, Kent

Freemasons at Wiswell, Wiswell, Clitheroe, Lancashire

The Cornish Arms, Tavistock, Devon

The Globe Tavern, Borough Market, central London

Bunch of Grapes, Pontypridd, south Wales

The Unruly Pig, Bromeswell, Woodbridge, Suffolk

Best Student Pub

Champs Sports Bar and Grill, Sheffield

Dram, Glasgow

The Cowley Retreat, Oxford

The Doctor’s Orders, Sheffield

The Swan, Lincoln

Best Inn

The Bull & Swan, Stamford, Lincolnshire

The Cartford Inn, Little Eccleston, Lancashire

The Port Gaverne Hotel, Port Isaac, Cornwall

The Shibden Mill Inn, Halifax, West Yorkshire

The Wheatsheaf Inn, Brigsteer, Kendal, Cumbria

The White Horse, Brancaster Staithe, Norfolk

Best Managed Pub

The Abel Heywood, Northern Quarter, Manchester

The Airport Pub, Wythenshawe, Manchester

The Botanist, Newcastle-upon-Tyne

The Grove Ferry Riverside Pub & Inn, Upstreet, Nr Canterbury, Kent

The Salisbury Arms, Cambridge

Best Turnaround

The Bede’s Lea, North Baddesley, Southampton

The Exmouth Arms, King's Cross, central London

The Hunters, Preston, Lancashire

The White Mare, Beckermet, Cumbria

The Grantley Arms, Wonersh, Guildford, Surrey

The Hastings, Seaton Delaval, Northumberland

Best Spirits Bar/Pub

Pleased to Meet You, Newcastle-upon-Tyne

Spoken, Exmouth, Devon

The Queen Charlotte, Windsor, Berkshire

The Trading House, City of London

Water Lane Bar & Restaurant, Bishop’s Stortford, Hertfordshire

Best Cider Bar/Pub

Foleys Tap House, Leeds

The Harlequin, Sheffield

The Star Inn, Godalming, Surrey

Best Freehouse

The Bull, Ditchling, East Sussex

The Carpenters Arms, Thirsk, North Yorkshire

The Dirty Bottles, Narrowgate, Alnwick, Northumberland

The Drawing Board, Leamington Spa, Warwickshire

The Gardeners Arms/Murderers, Norwich

The White Horse Inn, Norwich

Best Live Entertainment Pub

Chaplin's & the Cellar Bar, Boscombe, Bournemouth, Dorset

Hare & Hounds, Kings Heath, Birmingham

Salsa, Charing Cross, central London

The Blues Bar, Harrogate, North Yorkshire

The Oast House, Spinningfields, Manchester

The Two Brewers, Clapham, south London

Best Newcomer

The Artisan, Frome, Somerset

The Better Half, Hove, East Sussex

The Grantley Arms, Wonersh, Guildford, Surrey

The Turks Head, Hasketon, Woodbridge, Suffolk

The Unruly Pig, Bromeswell, Woodbridge, Suffolk

The White Mare, Beckermet, Cumbria

Best Partnership Pub (formerly Best Tenanted/Leased Pub)

CC Blooms, Edinburgh

The Hastings, Seaton Delaval, Northumberland 

The Kings Head, Wye, Ashford, Kent

The Urban Bar & Lounge, Doncaster, South Yorkshire

Victoria Tavern, Ruddington, Nottinghamshire

The Firbank Pub & Kitchen, Wythenshawe, Manchester

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