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Meet the GBPA best for sport finalists: The Sandon, Liverpool

By MA Editorial

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A first-time finalist at the Great British Pub Awards, we get the lowdown on The Sandon in Liverpool – birthplace of Liverpool and Everton football clubs.

Though reaching finals both at home and abroad is a vociferously celebrated part in the history of Liverpool Football Club – who’s Anfield home is just a stone’s throw from the Sandon complex – this year’s most northern English finalist is making its debut among the Great British Pub Awards’ finalists.

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Benefiting from a recent £1m, 115-bed, hotel expansion, the modern Sandon is a firm fixture in its city’s sporting landscape – dating back as far as the early 1870s and the birthplace of both Everton and Liverpool football clubs.

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A huge site boasting four function suites, the Sandon public house and Sam Dodd’s Wine Bar, the complex has evolved into a thriving community hub and an essential part of the match-day experience at nearby Anfield stadium.

John Connolly of the Sandon explains that getting food and tech standards right is key to a successful sports offer.

"Traditionally, food and sports have always gone together, so food is served three to four hours prior to all the games,” he says.

“Typical food that goes with sporting matches is your grab-and-go-type food. It’s very important to us and it’s a great source of income.

“They [customers] want a great atmosphere, they want something pleasant to drink and they want some food to go with it.”

Connolly adds that splashing the cash on venue upgrades can have an impact on a site’s bottom line. “What's given us the greatest return is the installation of new TVs and new audio equipment,” he explains.

“There’s nothing better than the build-up to the games. People come in very early just to watch – Sky in particular – because they get a real close build-up to all football matches. The atmosphere rises from a very slow beginner to a very high crescendo.”

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