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Everards operates 175 pubs across the East Midlands, all of which are run as independent tenanted businesses. Having previously had success in 2007, 2008, 2010 and 2013, the Leicester-based operator will have high hopes of more success at the 2017 awards. More recently, Everards has gained praise for its Project William scheme where the company buys a run-down or closed pub, refurbishes it and rents it to a smaller brewery, which allows the tenant or brewer to serve ales of their choice - as long as one Everards ale is stocked.
Hook Norton Brewery Company
This year has seen Hook Norton undergo expansion, with the Cotswolds operator's first Oxford site - the Castle Tavern - opening in December. Among the operator's 37-strong estate is a pub in Edgehill Castle, Oxfordshire that has two AA rosettes and a selection of traditional market town pubs. 'Hooky', as the company is affectionately known, will be hoping to round off a great 2016 by winning the tenanted/leased award in March at Battersea Evolution, London.