GBPA 2022

Meet the GBPA finalists for Best City/Urban Pub

By The Morning Advertiser

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Event details: this year's Great British Pub Awards is taking place in Manchester on 4 October
Event details: this year's Great British Pub Awards is taking place in Manchester on 4 October

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Before this year’s Great British Pub Awards, find out all you need to know about the final six in the Best City/Urban Pub category.

The Bridewell, Liverpool, Merseyside

This striking pub was once a police ‘bridewell’ which is still drawing in tourists for its rich history and outstanding service. An array of drinks on offer including a unique collection of liquors and spirits from across the globe all served with smile. This is the second of two popular pubs in Liverpool for owners Dominic and Fiona Hornsby.

Supporting not only their staff, but the local community throughout the year, this is wonderful hub for locals and sports fans. This pub is a walled gem with a pristine courtyard, unique layout, and great drinks within the city of Liverpool.

Strait & Narrow, Lincoln, Lincolnshire

With an impressive drink offering made up of some 140 beers, hundreds of wines, and a wide selection of hand-crafted cocktails, this is a fantastic urban haunt for students, families, and tourists to wind down in the heart of Lincoln.

Working closely with local small businesses to create bar snacks and garnishes for their drinks, as well as suppliers to ensure they are constantly stocked with beers from across the globe.

A great deal of care has gone into creating this operation by owner Jez Nash, with witty marketing and a strong brand and passion to create a safe and inviting environment for all who step through the door.

Rose & Crown, London Bridge, London

From burgers to backpackers this pub offers some needed respite from the hustle and bustle of London life. The recently refurbished bar boasts 45 hostel rooms and 2 outdoor seating areas.

The back courtyard has recently been fitted with awnings so pubgoers can enjoy come rain or shine. Inside you’ll find 18 taps and 3 hand-pulls offering range of local and national craft brewers alongside more recognisable names. The bar is equipped with spirits and soft drinks for a simple serve or a seasonal cocktail from their menu.

Part of the PubLove family of hostel-pubs, this central location appeals to not only the weary traveller but business folk, gig attendees and urban explorers.

Kings Arms, Bexleyheath, Kent

A huge amount of time and effort has gone into making this pub an urban hotspot. With entertainment on throughout the year this pub offers more than just a place to drink. Integrating their food and drink offering into their events has proven to be a success with Sunday BBQ sessions in summer washed down with a frozen cocktail.

The beautifully kept roof terrace is the jewel of this operation with its own bar, projector screens to host cinema nights, and newly installed awnings to enjoy the space all year round.

Owner Pete Marshall has adapted this pub to become a staple to Bexleyheath residents of all ages with his food, drink and entertainment offering.

The Turk’s Head, St. Margarets, Twickenham, London

A stunning building located in St. Margarets, as you can imagine is passionate about sport, particularly rugby. With games available to watch throughout the new screens in and outside of the bar area, as well as playing host to private dinners for sporting events.

Host of their own running club, the pub sees communities gathering regularly for local events and fundraisers.

The pub boasts onsite staff housing, a huge garden - which has recently seen a large investment, and a private function room.  

Sustainability efforts are key for this Fuller’s pub, switching to 100% renewable energy, streamlining waste management and reducing single waste plastics where possible.

The Grapes, Bath, Somerset

Starting from scratch, owner Ellie Leiper has taken a great time and care to ensure this pub is not only functional, but inclusive of all potential customers.

Serving real ales, wines from across the world and seasonal cocktails in an ambient and musically inspired environment. You can enjoy a seat in the main bar, the back extended seating courtyard, or sit out the front and enjoy the sights and people of Bath.

The arts and community focused bar host local musicians in the main bar several times a week with private hire available for the upstairs events space. With dedicated staff to look after the bar and events, this is a well-oiled musical machine.

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