More than 15 operations have been named top of the field after beating off competition from pubs across the country in a gruelling competition which saw judges travel the length and breadth of the UK to assess standards.
The winners were revealed in a livestream broadcast from London-based pub Greenwood by top Radio DJ Scott Mills.
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Now all of the winning pubs are in the running to be named the overall Great British Pub of the Year at a glittering awards lunch in October.
Ed Bedington, editor of The Morning Advertiser, which organises the awards, said: “These awards recognise excellence from across the sector, and given the bruising experience of the last 18 months or so, it’s been particularly pleasing to see how strong the sector remains.
“All of our finalists and winners have been doing amazing jobs in the toughest of circumstances and should rightly be proud of what they have created.
“The pub sector has demonstrated how important it is to society throughout the various lockdowns and the pubs that we celebrated tonight are leading the field when it comes to providing the best experiences in the trade.
“I’d like to pay tribute to all our finalists and winners - to achieve what you’ve achieved and to maintain those superb standards in the face of such a challenging time is incredible - you’ve done the industry proud.”
The awards recognise excellence across a wide range of categories from Best Chef to Best Pub for Families and Best Pub for Food.
The category winners will now face a final stage of judging, a panel interview with industry judges who will then make the decision on which operation will go on to take the top title and be proclaimed Great British Pub of the Year 2021.
The category winners were:
Bedington added: “We look forward to revealing our overall winner in a couple of weeks, but for now, I’d like to congratulate all our category winners.”
The Great British Pub Awards are sponsored Admiral Taverns, Booker Makro, Coca-Cola Europacific Partners, Diageo, Greene King, Hawthorn, Heineken UK, Punch Pubs & Co, Rover, Screach, Sky, Stonegate along with associate sponsor – Zapaygo.