Star Pubs & Bars Awards winners unveiled

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Top operators: winners at the Star Pubs & Bars Awards 2017
Top operators: winners at the Star Pubs & Bars Awards 2017

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Manchester’s Imperial War Museum played host to this year’s Star Pubs & Bars Awards, which recognise the outstanding work of the pub company’s licensees.

The gala ceremony was attended by 130 licensees, with awards presented by Coronation Street​’s Kym Marsh.

Among the 14 categories were gongs for Best Bar Team, Pint Perfection, Team Training and Marketing.

Overall winners

Caygill & Smith’s Barrelhouse Bar & Grill in Edinburgh took home the overall Star Pub of the Year Award after collecting the prize for Best Bar Team category.

The Team Training award went to Hickory’s Smokehouse, while PG Taverns won the Marketing Award for the second time for the Jolly Botanist in Edinburgh.

GBPA 2017 winners

Star’s Graham Anderson and Sharon Stanton, who won the Great British Pub Awards (GBPA) 2017 Family Pub of the Year award for the Eastfield Inn in Bristol earlier this year, also collected the gong for Most Family Friendly pub for the third time at the company’s awards.

Claire Hall won the Famous for Food Award for the Spread Eagle in North Shields, Tyne & Wear, and GPBA finalist Dianne Irving of the White Mare, Beckermet, Cumbria, won the Pint Perfection Award.

Tough competition 

Standards at the pub company are higher than ever with its 2017 retail standards scores up 10%, according to an internal survey. Awards judges noted the rise in standards across all categories and said selecting the winner was a tough job with so many skilled operators and great pubs in the Star estate.  

Star Pubs & Bars managing director Lawson Mountstevens said: “The Star Awards is one of the high points of our year. It’s inspiring to have so much talent in one room. Like top operators in any sector, they are true entrepreneurs – always pushing the boundaries and experimenting with new ideas to deliver an exceptional experience to British pubgoers.”

Full list of 2017 Star award winners

Best Bar Team

Caygill & Smith, Barrelhouse Bar & Grill, Edinburgh


Live Sports Venue

Blind Tiger Inns, the Talbot, Euxton, Lancashire


Team Training

Hickory’s Smokehouse, Hickory’s Smokehouse at Burton Green, Warwickshire


Heart of the Community

Tony and Michelle Grierson, the Reiver, Carlisle, Cumbria


Famous for Food

Claire Hall, the Spread Eagle, North Shields, Tyne & Wear


Most Family Friendly

Graham Anderson and Sharon Stanton, the Eastfield Inn, Bristol, Gloucestershire


Best Outdoor Pub

Edward O’Neill, the Crown Inn, Farnham Royal, Buckinghamshire


Pint Perfection

Dianne Irving, the White Mare, Beckermet, Lancashire


Best Cask Pub

Wickwar Wessex Pub Company, the Jersey Lily, Bristol, Gloucestershire



PG Taverns, Iain Pert, the Jolly Botanist, Edinburgh


Best Use of Social Media

Nick Livingstone, 7 Saints, Prestwick, South Ayrshire


Best Newcomer

John Corbett and Natasha Gleeson, the Rose & Crown, Heston, south-west London


Retailer of the Year

Martyn and Lynda Cripps, the Longboat Inn, Penzance, Cornwall


Star Pub of the Year

Caygill & Smith, Barrelhouse Bar & Grill, Edinburgh


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