Publican Awards 2021

Who are the finalists at the 2021 Publican Awards?

By Ed Bedington

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Championing the trade: 'While the awards are certainly going to be different in 2021, following a year of almost total shutdown, the aim remains the same to celebrate some of the excellent work that operators have been doing despite the challenges'
Championing the trade: 'While the awards are certainly going to be different in 2021, following a year of almost total shutdown, the aim remains the same to celebrate some of the excellent work that operators have been doing despite the challenges'

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The Publican Awards finalists have been revealed as the spotlight is turned on some of the best operations in the business.

Leading businesses from across the sector have been announced as finalists across 11 categories, ranging from Best Employer to Best Food Offer.

Ed Bedington, editor of The Morning Advertiser​, which organises the awards, said: “While the awards are certainly going to be different in 2021, following a year of almost total shutdown, the aim remains the same to celebrate some of the excellent work that operators have been doing despite the challenges.

“Ours is a sector that has been battered long and hard by the storm of the crisis, with limited support that continues to tail off. Yet despite that, we’ve seen some fantastic responses from operators across the trade, and these awards, as ever, aim to recognise that excellence, as well as shining a light on how our sector continues to push onwards, despite the difficulties it faces.”

After a first round of judging, judges conducted virtual head office visits to assess the finalists before the competition moved to its final stage, a series of panel style interviews.

Bedington added: “I’d like to wish all our finalists the best of luck with these awards, it’s been inspiring to see some of the entries this year, despite everything, and I look forward to celebrating your successes down the line."

The awards are sponsored by Britvic, CPL Learning, Budweiser Brewing Group, Molson Coors Beverage Company, Heineken UK, HGEM, Coca-Cola European Partners, Poppleston Allen and Sky.

This year’s finalists are:

Best Accommodation Operator

  • Stay Original Company
  • The Inn Collection Group
  • OHH Pub Company
  • HQ Collection

Best Brewing Pub Company 

  • Ossett Brewery
  • North Brewing Company
  • Joules Brewery

Best Community Pub Operator 

  • OHH Pub Company
  • Greene King
  • Wells & Co
  • Hawthorn

Best Food Offer

  • Greene King – Chef & Brewer
  • Hippo Inns
  • Hickory’s Smokehouse
  • Berkeley Inns

Best Drinks Offer

  • Cheshire Cat Pubs & Bars
  • Darwin & Wallace
  • Berkeley Inns
  • HQ Hospitality

Best Managed Pub Company 

  • The Inn Collection Group
  • Wells & Co
  • Brewhouse and Kitchen
  • Urban Pub and Bars
  • Cubitt House
  • Liberation Group/Butcombe Brewing Co

Best New Site

  • The Kings Arms, Dorchester – Stay Original Company
  • Red Lion, Hellidon – Freespirit Pub Company
  • The Ostrich, Bristol – Liberation Group
  • The Oarsman, Marlow – PS the Pub Company 
  • The Meynell Ingram Arms, Burton-on-Trent - Berkeley Inns

Best Premium Food Offer

  • Stay Original Company
  • Metropolitan Pub Company
  • Liberation Group/Butcombe Brewing Company
  • Cubitt House
  • Darwin & Wallace

Best Pub Employer

  • Stay Original Company
  • The Inn Collection Group
  • Brewhouse & Kitchen
  • North Brewing Co/North Bar
  • Greene King 

Best Sustainable Company

  • BrewDog
  • Darwin and Wallace
  • Yummy Pubs

Best Tenanted and Leased Pub Company

  • Robinsons Brewery
  • Shepherd Neame
  • Wells & Co
  • Greene King

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