Finalists revealed for the John Smith’s Great British Pub Awards 2018

By Ed Bedington

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Stronger than ever: the shortlist of finalists for the John Smith’s Great British Pub Awards 2018 revealed
Stronger than ever: the shortlist of finalists for the John Smith’s Great British Pub Awards 2018 revealed

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Second round judging is now complete and The Morning Advertiser is delighted to announce its short-listed finalists for the John Smith’s Great British Pub Awards.

Industry experts took part in the latest stage of judging that saw our finalists whittled down from a long list of pubs that made it through the first round of judging.

Each of the pubs will now receive a site visit from our panel of judges to take a long hard look at the business, before a final panel interview via Skype to decide our category and overall winners.

Ed Bedington, editor of The Morning Advertiser​ (MA​) said: “The judging process is always a hard task, as the quality of pubs that made it onto this year’s long list was stronger than ever.

“Nevertheless, the judgments have been made and we now have an exceptionally strong short list of pubs that will be battling it out to take the title of each of their categories, with one lucky winner going on to be named the John Smith’s Great British Pub of the Year.

“These awards are the most rigorous of their kind for the pub sector and it’s a real achievement to make it this far into the competiton – I’d like to wish all our finalists the very best of luck.”

GBPA sponsors include

John Smith’s

Admiral Taverns

Booker Wholesale

Makro

Diageo

Ei Group

Sky

The competition has also seen an evolution this year, with the introduction of a new element – our pub company categories.

Bedington explained: “This year, we’ve invited pub companies to put forward their top sites for judging in the Great British Pub Awards.

“Each of these sites will undergo the same rigorous judging process as the rest of the finalists, and we’ll be revealing each pub company winner on the night. The winners of these categories will then go head to head with the finalists in our Best Partnership Pub category.”

Pub companies entering sites of their own include Marston's, Greene King, Admiral, Punch and EI Group.

This year’s awards takes place at the Royal Lancaster Hotel in London on 6 September. To book your tickets to this exciting event, contact Stevie Robinson on 01293 846508, or email her at fgrivr.ebovafba@jeoz.pbz.

Bedington added: “We’re looking forward to getting out on the road for the judging, and also celebrating all of your success on the night.”

The finalists are:

Best Beer Bar/Pub

The Crown Inn, Oakengates, Shropshire

Hogshead, Wolverhampton

Mason & Company, London

North Bar, Leeds

The Bunch of Grapes, Pontypridd

The Great Northern Railway Tavern, London

 

Best Cider Bar/Pub

Cider Press, Bristol

Old Horse, Leicester

The Crown at Woolhope, Herefordshire

The Harlequin, Sheffield

The Star Inn, Godalming

 

Best Community Pub

Chaplin's and the Cellar Bar, Bournemouth

The Bull, Ditchling, East Sussex

The Fox, Lyng, Norfolk

The Horse & Jockey, Liverpool

The Pheasant at Neenton, Shropshire

The Royal Oak, Hail Weston, St Neots, Cambridgeshire

 

Best Family Pub

Fox and Hounds, Theale, Berkshire

The Eastfield Inn, Bristol

The Mayfield Seamer, Scarborough, Yorkshire

The Pen-y-cae Inn, Pen-y-cae, South Wales

White Hart on the Green, Crowborough, East Sussex

 

Best Food Pub

Freemasons at Wiswell, Lancashire

The Dabbling Duck Pub, Great Massingham, Norfolk

The Elm Tree, Worksop, Derbyshire

The Kitchen at the Cross Keys, Epperstone, Nottinghamshire

The Port Gaverne Hotel, Port Gaverne, Cornwall

The Unruly Pig, Bromeswell, Suffolk

 

Best Freehouse

The Bull, Ditchling, East Sussex

The Fox at Peasemore, Berkshire

The Kenton, London

The Plough Inn, Faversham, Kent

The Roebuck Inn, Laughton, East Sussex

Ye Old Sun Inn, Tadcaster, Yorkshire

 

Best Inn

Ellerby Country Inn, Ellerby, Whitby, North Yorkshire

The Black Swan, Kirby Stephen, Cumbria

The Mayfield Seamer, Scarborough, Yorkshire

The Pickwick Inn, Wadebridge, Cornwall

The White Hart, Ufford, Cambridgeshire

Timbrell’s Yard, Bradford-on-Avon, Wiltshire

 

LGBTQ+

Mary’s, Cardiff

The Little Angel, Whitby, Yorkshire

Two Brewers, Clapham, London

The Marlborough Pub, Brighton

 

Best Live Entertainment Pub

Chandos Arms, Colindale, London

Chaplin's & the Cellar Bar, Bournemouth

Phoenix Artist Club, London

Rendezvous, Weymouth, Dorset

The Anchor Inn, Canterbury, Kent

The Fulford Arms, York

 

Best Managed Pub

Pleased To Meet You, Newcastle

The Greyhound, Kirkdale, London

The Kings Arms, Bexleyheath, Kent

The King’s Head, Hursley, Winchester

White Hart, Overton, Hampshire

 

Best Newcomer

7 Saints Bar & Burger Kitchen, Prestwick, Scotland

Central Oven & Shaker, Newcastle

Cowick Barton, Exeter, Devon

Frampton’s Cafe Bar & Kitchen, Bath

The Brisley Bell, Dereham, Norfolk

The Kings Arms, Offham, Kent

 

Best Partnership Pub

7 Saints Bar & Burger Kitchen, Prestwick, Scotland

So! Bar and Eats, Ripon, Yorkshire

The Horns, Reading, Berkshire

The Horse & Jockey, Liverpool

The Lion Treorchy, South Wales

The Tap, Harrogate, Yorkshire

 

Best Pub Garden

Chaplin's & the Cellar Bar, Bournemouth

Jacob’s Inn, Oxford

Prince of Wales, Mosely, Birmingham

The Crown Inn, Carlisle, Cumbria

The Star Inn, Godalming, Surrey

Ye Old Sun Inn, Tadcaster, Yorkshire

 

Best Spirits Bar/Pub

Fiesta Havana, Chester

Phoenix Artist Club, London

The Mad Hatter, Oxford

The Stillery, Bury St Edmonds, Suffolk

Ye Old Sun Inn, Tadcaster, Yorkshire

 

Best Sports Pub

Barratts Club, Northampton

Elevens Bar & Grill, Cardiff

Famous Three Kings, Fulham, London

Greenwood, London

The Gardeners Arms/Murderers, Norwich, Norfolk

The Lion Treorchy, South Wales

 

Best Turnaround Pub

Mc & Sons, London

The Castle, Oxford

The Crown Inn, Carlisle, Cumbria

The Hanmer Arms Inn, Whitchurch, Shropshire

The Hare, Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire

The Horse & Jockey, Liverpool

 

Best Wine Bar/Pub

Chadwicks Inn, Maltby, Yorkshire

Daly’s Wine Bar, London

The Cross at Kenilworth, Warwickshire

The Hand at Llanarmon, North Wales

The Red Lion & Sun, Highgate, London

The Three Crowns, Newton Abbot, Devon

 

Chef of the Year

Chadwicks Inn, Maltby, Yorkshire

Freemasons at Wiswell, Lancashire

The Turks Head, Woodbridge, Suffolk

The Unruly Pig, Bromeswell, Suffolk

The White Hart, Oldham, Manchester

The White Swan, Burnley, Lancashire

 

Young Chef of the Year

Chadicks Inn, Maltby, Yorkshire

The Horns, Reading, Berkshire

The Kentish Hare, Tunbridge Wells, Kent

The Red Lion Inn, Penderyn, South Wales

 

Pub Company Categories

Punch

The Albion, Barnsbury, London

Hiltonbury Farmhouse, Eastleigh, Hampshire

Flying Scotsman, Newcastle

Bristol Inn, Clevedon, Somerset

Champs, Urmston, Manchester

 

Marston’s

The Star, Penkridge, Stafford

George & Dragon, Arundle, West Sussex

The Anchor Inn, Burbage, Leicestershire

The Minsters Inn, York

LC Drinks and Dine, Llandudno, North Wales

 

EI Group

The Horse & Jockey, Liverpool

Lion Hotel, Treorchy, South Wales

Victoria Hotel, Bury, Manchester

Milk House, Sissinghurst, Kent

Milford Arms, Isleworth, London

 

Greene King

The Queen’s Head, Pinner, London

The Newbury, Newbury, Berkshire

Rogue, St Andrews, Scotland

The Elizabethan, Dunfermline, Scotland

The Saracen’s Head, Shirley, Derbyshire

 

Admiral

The Park Hotel, Blackburn, Lancashire

Dusty Miller, Brighouse, Yorkshire

Cock'n'Bull.co, Stourbridge, West Midlands

Colston Arms, Bristol

The Albert, Hebden Bridge, Yorkshire

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