Publican Awards 2020 finalists revealed

By Ed Bedington

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Shortlist unveiled: the contenders for the upcoming Publican Awards is released
Shortlist unveiled: the contenders for the upcoming Publican Awards is released

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First round judging is now complete and companies across the UK pub and bar sector are celebrating after making the shortlist for the sector’s leading event, The Publican Awards.

For almost three decades, the competition has recognised excellence throughout the pub and bar trade, celebrating some of the best operations around.

Ed Bedington, editor of The Morning Advertiser​, which organises the awards, said: “The competition to get into the finals of The Publican Awards is always intense and this year was no exception.

“It’s been a real challenge for our judges to whittle the field down to the final shortlist, and the standard of entries was exceptional.

“However, we now have our finalists in place, and now the hard work really begins as our judges and mystery shoppers prepare to hit the road for the next stage of this exhaustive judging process.”

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Following the various site visits, the finalists will all face off against panels of industry expert judges on the final judging day where the winners will be decided.

Bedington added: “We’re looking forward to putting all our finalists through their paces during the judging process, and then revealing our winners at a fantastic celebration for all the industry in March.”

The winners will be named during The Publican Awards finale at Battersea Evolution on 4 March with celebrity host and comedian Rob Beckett.

2020 shortlist

This year’s finalists are:

Best Accommodation Operator

Stay Original Company

Pub Love

The Inn Collection Group



Best Brewing Pub Company

Curious Brewing

North Brewing Co


Brewhouse & Kitchen


Best Community Pub Operator

Blind Tiger Inns

Mitchells and Butlers: Sizzling Pub Company

Wells & Co: Pizza, Pots & Pints

Craft Union


Best Drinks Offer

Cirrus Inns


Berkeley Inns

Cheshire Cat Pubs & Bars


Best Food Offer

Hippo Inns

Shepherd Neame

BBQ Whiskey Beer

Berkeley Inns

Liberation Group


Best Managed Pub Company (2-50 sites)

Arc Inspirations

Oakman Inns


Urban Pubs & Bars

Brewhouse & Kitchen


Best Managed Pub Company (51+ sites)

Bermondsey Pub Company

Mitchells & Butlers: Nicholson’s


Best New Pub/Bar

Three Cheers Pub Co – the Bedford, Balham, south London

Cameron’s Brewery – Head of Steam, Leeds

North Brewing Co – North Brewing Co Tap, Leeds

Urban Pubs & Bars – Juno Rooms, City of London

Albion & East – Serata Hall, Shoreditch, east London

Liberation Group – the Ostrich, Bristol


Best Premium Food Offer

Seafood Pub Company

Anglian Country Inns

Bel & The Dragon

The White Brasserie Company


Best Pub Brand/Concept

Arc Inspirations – Manahatta

The New World Trading Company – The Florist

Brasserie Bar Co 

Hickory’s Smokehouse 


Best Pub Employer (501+ employees)

McMullen & Sons

The New World Trading Company

Stonegate Pub Company

Oakman Inns

Best Pub Employer (up to 500 employees)

The Inn Collection Group


Brewhouse & Kitchen

Stay Original Company 

Best Pub Operations Team

Greene King

Hippo Inns

City Pub Group


Best Sustainable Pub Company

Greene King

Darwin & Wallace

Palmers Brewery

Frederic Robinsons 


Best Tenanted & Leased (501+ sites)

Ei Group

Greene King

Punch Pubs & Co


Best Tenanted & Leased (up to 500 sites)

Palmers Brewery

Frederic Robinsons

Shepherd Neame

Best Late Night Operator

Stonegate Pub Company

The Deltic Group

Inception Group

Bedington added: “Good luck to all our finalists in the challenging competition ahead, and commiserations to those that didn’t get through – this competition is not an easy one and we appreciate the efforts of all who look to enter. I look forward to revealing our winners in March.”

The Publican Awards are sponsored by: Asahi, Britvic, Budweiser Brewing Group, CPL Online, Fentimans, Heineken, Kuehne+Nagel, Molson Coors, Poppleston Allen and Sky.

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