Great British Pub Awards 2019 finalists unveiled

By Nikkie Thatcher

- Last updated on GMT

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After two rounds of judging, The Morning Advertiser can now announce the short-listed finalists for the 2019 Great British Pub Awards.

This year saw hundreds of pubs enter the awards and judges had to whittle each category down before the on-the-road judging begins, which will also be followed by a Skype interview.

The Morning Advertiser ​editor Ed Bedington said: “The rigorous judging process is always difficult due to the high quality of the pubs that enter.

“However, now decisions have been made and we have a very strong list of finalists that will be in the running to take the title of each of the categories, with one winner going on to take the title of Great British Pub of the Year.”

Glittering awards

Bedington wished good luck to all the finalists and congratulated them all on getting this far in the competition.

The glittering awards ceremony will be taking place at the Royal Lancaster Hotel in London on 5 September.

Mock The Week ​and Outnumbered ​funny man Hugh Dennis has just been announced as the host for the evening.

For tickets, get in touch with Stevie Robinson on 01293 846508 or email her at fgrivr.ebovafba@jeoz.pbz​.

The finalists are:

Best for Cider

Brunswick Inn, Derby, Derbyshire

The Harlequin, Sheffield, South Yorkshire

The Orchard Inn, Bristol

The Star, Godalming, Surrey

Best for Entertainment

Apehangers Bar, Leamington Spa, Warwickshire

Chaplins & Cellar Bar, Bournemouth, Dorset

Rendezvous, Weymouth, Dorset

The Canal Turn, Carnforth, Lancashire

The Bill Murray, Islington, north London

The Caledonia, Liverpool, Merseyside

Best for Family

The Don War Memorial Pub, Stockton-on-Tees, County Durham

The Fat Pug, Leamington Spa, Warwickshire

The Kings Head Inn, Newton-under-Roseberry, Cleveland

The Langton Arms, Blandford Forum, Dorset

The Three Trees, Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire

Wrygarth Inn, Great Hatfield, East Yorkshire

Best for Food

Fox & Hounds Barley, Royston, Hertfordshire

The Devonshire Arms at Beeley, Derbyshire

The Dog at Wingham, near Canterbury, Kent

The Purefoy Arms, Basingstoke, Hampshire

The Sun Inn, Dedham, Essex

The White Swan, Fence, Lancashire

Best for LGBTQ+

City of Quebec, Marylebone, west London

Storm Cellar, Whitley Bay, Tyne & Wear

The Fox, Birmingham, West Midlands

The Red Lion Inn, Raithby, Lincolnshire

The Yard, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Tyne & Wear

Two Brewers, Clapham, south London

Best for Sport

Barratts Club, Northampton, Northamptonshire

Belushi's London Bridge, London

Elevens Bar & Grill, Cardiff, Wales

The Foundry, Aberdeen, Scotland

The Gardeners Arms/The Murderers, Norwich, Norfolk

The Sandon, Liverpool, Merseyside

Best for Wine

Fox & Hounds Barley, Royston, Hertfordshire

Guinea Grill, Mayfair, west London

The New Inn, Hurstpierpoint, West Sussex

The Three Crowns, Chagford, Dartmoor

The Turks Head, Hasketon, Suffolk

The Unruly Pig, Bromeswell, Suffolk

Best Freehouse

Aldwark Arms, York, North Yorkshire

Angel & Harlequin, Sheffield, South Yorkshire

Phoenix Arts Club, Soho, west London

The Bamburgh Castle Inn, Seahouses, Northumberland

The Bull, Ditchling, East Sussex

The Turks Head, Woodbridge, Suffolk

Best Inn

Dukes, Sidmouth, Devon

Port Gaverne, Port Isaac, Cornwall

The Bamburgh Castle Inn, Seahouses, Northumberland

The Boot, Repton, Derbyshire

The Cartford Inn, Little Eccleston, Lancashire

The Devonshire Arms at Beeley, Derbyshire

Best Local

Chandos Arms, Colindale, Greater London

Phoenix Arts Club, Soho, west London

The Canal Turn, Carnforth, Lancashire

The Bull, Ditchling, East Sussex

The Fleece Inn, Bretforton, Worcestershire

The Lion Treorchy, Treorchy, Rhondda, Wales

Best Pub Garden

The Bell, Ticehurst, East Sussex

The Bull, Ditchling, East Sussex

The Old Crown, Birmingham, West Midlands

The Royal Dyche, Burnley, Lancashire

The Tamworth Tap, Tamworth, Staffordshire

The Turks Head, Woodbridge, Suffolk

Best Pub Manager

Ray Turnbull, general manager of Barton’s Mill Pub and Dining, Basingstoke, Hampshire

Will Buck, manager of the Nags Head, Covent Garden, west London

Paul Stephens, general manager of the Old Customs House, Portsmouth, Hampshire

Sally Williamson, general manager of the Swan Inn, Swineford, Avon

Molly Raftery, manager of the Bull, Ditchling, East Sussex

Chris Norfolk, chef-patron of the Elm Tree, Creswell, Derbyshire

Best for Beer

Brooksteed Alehouse, Worthing, West Sussex

Crutched Friar, Tower Hill, City of London

North Brewing Co Tap, Leeds, West Yorkshire

The Bunch of Grapes, Pontypridd, Wales

The Drawing Board, Leamington Spa, Warwickshire

The Pembury Tavern, Hackney, east London

Best for Spirits

Cheers Cafe Bar & Tavern, Fraserburgh, Scotland

Criterion Bar, Fife, Scotland

The Cow, Dalbury, Derbyshire

The Mad Hatter, Oxford, Oxfordshire

The Monkey Suit, Exeter, Devon

The Snooty Fox, Kirkby Lonsdale, Cumbria

Chef of the Year

Rob Taylor, chef-patron of the Compasses Inn, Crundale, Kent

Brett Barnes, chef at the Fox & Hounds Barley, Hertfordshire

Mike Shaw, chef of the White Hart at Lydgate, Greater Manchester

Gordon Stott, chef of the Purefoy Arms, Preston Candover, Hampshire

Dave Wall, head chef of the Unruly Pig, Bromeswell, Suffolk

Tom Parker, chef of the White Swan in Fence, Lancashire

Young Chef of the Year

The Swan Inn, Swineford, Avon

The Crate & Apple, Chichester, West Sussex

The Legstraps, Wootton, Bedfordshire

Pub Company Categories:

Greene King

Barologist, Edinburgh

Crown, Biggar, Clydesdale

Greene Oak, Oakley Green, Windsor, Berkshire

Cott Inn, Dartington, Devon

Mayflower, Rotherhithe, south London

White Lion, Walkern, Hertfordshire


Five Bells, Lower Halling, Maidstone, Kent

Half Moon, Hitchin, Hertfordshire

Mother Shipton Inn, Knaresborough, North Yorkshire

Nauticus, Edinburgh

Royal Oak, Brandon, Warwickshire

Carpenters Arms, Stroud, Gloucestershire


Rising Sun, Truro, Cornwall

Goose, Manchester

The Cotton Tree, Bollington, Macclesfield, Cheshire

Champs, Washington, Tyne & Wear

Airedale Heifer, Keighley, West Yorkshire

Woolpack, Ipswich

Ei Group

Half Moon, Kirdford, West Sussex

Lion, Treorchy, Mid Glamorgan

Woodman, Ruislip, west London

Snooty Fox, Kirkby Lonsdale, Cumbria

Milford Arms, Isleworth, west London

Tap on Tower Street, Harrogate, North Yorkshire

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