This year’s Great British Pub Awards, held last night (Thursday 7 September) at London’s Hilton on Park Lane saw pubs from across the UK taste success.
Hosted by comedian Henning Wehn, pubs took home awards across 17 categories before one was awarded overall the title of John Smith’s Great British Pub of the Year 2017.
The Eagle & Child in Ramsbottom, Lancashire, beat strong competition from across the UK to secure the pub of the year after also being named Partnership Pub of the Year.
Editor Ed Bedington of The Morning Advertiser, which organises the awards, said: “We are absolutely delighted to announce the winner is the Eagle & Child.
“Not only is this a beautiful pub, with a superb food and drink offer, but Glen and his team have done sterling work in offering opportunities to people who might not have had them otherwise.
“The Great British Pub Awards aims to celebrate excellence and best practice in the pub industry and Glen is a superb example of this.
“We talk about pubs being at the centre of their communities, and this can’t be better illustrated than in the work being done at the Eagle & Child."
He added: “These awards are the best in the industry and the judging process the most rigorous, I’d like to pay tribute to all our finalists and winners on the night, you’re all a credit to the pub trade.”
OVERALL JOHN SMITH'S GREAT BRITISH PUB OF THE YEAR 2017
John Smith’s brand director Ifeoma Dozie said: “Huge congratulations to the Eagle & Child in Ramsbottom for winning the Great British Pub of the Year! It is a truly stunning pub – from the views, to the food, the events, the atmosphere, the beers and the staff. It’s all these factors together that make British pubs the best in the world, and the Eagle & Child is worthy winner and there was incredibly stiff competition!
“We are so lucky in this country to have an abundance of pubs – nowhere else in the world has pubs like us Brits. Pubs are central to all our lives – they’re the place where memories are made, from first dates, to birthday nights out, to great evenings with mates.
"They are so central to every village, town and city in the UK and the people that run them are pillars of their communities. Pubs are the places where people come together whether it’s for a pub quiz, weekly karaoke, live local bands, stand-up comedy, or just to simply enjoy a refreshing pint.
“The raft of extraordinary pubs in this country is a testament to the hard work of licensees up and down the country – so well done to not only the winner, but to every pub that made the shortlist.”