GBPA 2023: finalists unveiled

By Nikkie Thatcher

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Sector celebration: the 2023 Great British Pub Awards will be taking place in September
Sector celebration: the 2023 Great British Pub Awards will be taking place in September

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The shortlist for the 2023 Great British Pub Awards has been announced with pubs from across the nation making the final stage.

Hundreds of pubs entered the prestigious competition, which has been running for more than two decades, before expert judges whittled it down across two rounds of judging before the on-the-road visits take place across the summer.

This year’s ceremony will be returning to Manchester and taking place on Tuesday 19 September at the city’s Victoria Warehouse.

The Morning Advertiser​, which organises the awards, editor Ed Bedington said: “The great British pub is an institution to be proud of and we are proud to be able to honour and recognise some of the best businesses in the country.

“Our finalists have now been selected from hundreds of amazing entries from all over the UK.

“I am excited to visit the sites alongside my fellow judges and we look forward to revealing the winners in the autumn.”

The awards are kindly sponsored by: Booker/Makro, Coca Cola Europacific Partners, Everard Cole, Diageo, Heineken, Molson Coors and PepsiCo alongside pubco partners Admiral Taverns, Greene King, Marston's, Stonegate and Punch Pubs.

The finalists are:

Best City/Urban Pub

The Kings Arms, Bexleyheath, south east London

The Audley Public House, Mayfair, west London

The Bridewell, Liverpool

The Coach House, Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire

The George IV, Chiswick, west London

The Turk’s Head, Twickenham, Greater London

Best Country/Rural Pub

The Black Bull, Sedbergh, Cumbria

Cholmondeley Arms, Cholmondeley, Cheshire

The Three Hills, Bartlow, Cambridgeshire

The Elephant & Castle, Wheathampstead, Hertfordshire

The Plough, Normanton on the Wolds, Nottinghamshire

Fox & Hounds, Barley, Hertfordshire

Best Pub for Dogs

The Bellflower, Garstang, Lancashire

The Kings Arms, Horsham, West Sussex

The Leicester Arms, Penshurst, Kent

Bulls Head, Mobberley, Cheshire

The Maltings, Warrington, Cheshire

The Swan, Lyndhurst, Hampshire

Best Pub for Entertainment

Chaplin’s & The Cellar Bar, Boscombe, Bournemouth, Dorset

The Phoenix Arts Club, Soho, central London

The Kings Arms, Bexleyheath, south east London

The Saddle Inn, Chester, Cheshire

The Anchor Inn, Wingham, Kent

The Hightown Pub & Kitchen, Liverpool

Best Pub for Families

Gaggle of Geese, Buckland Newton, Dorchester, Dorset

Puss in Boots, Offerton, Stockport, Greater Manchester

The Hightown Pub & Kitchen, Liverpool

Ye Olde Bridge Inn, Oxton, Nottinghamshire

The Plough, Normanton on the Wolds, Nottinghamshire

Almondsbury Creative, Almondsbury, Gloucestershire

Best Pub for Food

The Beresford Arms, Morpeth, Northumberland

The Hinds Head, Bray, Berkshire

The Loch & The Tyne, Old Windsor, Berkshire

The Bulls Head, Holymoorside, Chesterfield, Derbyshire

Carpenter’s Arms, Felixkirk, Thirsk, North Yorkshire

Shibden Mill Inn, Halifax, West Yorkshire

Best Pub Garden

The Hare & Hounds, West Ardsley, West Yorkshire

The Elephant & Castle, Wheathampstead, Hertfordshire

The Drummond at Albury, Guildford, Surrey

The Bellflower, Garstang, Lancashire

Ye Olde Bridge Inn, Southwell, Nottinghamshire

Gaggle of Geese, Buckland Newton, Dorchester, Dorset

Best Pub to Watch Sport

Dartford Sports Bar, Dartford, Kent

Sports Bar & Grill, Canary Wharf, east London

The Royal Dyche, Burnley, Lancashire

The Coach House Restaurant, Dexter’s Sports Bar Grill & Terrace, Humberston, Lincolnshire

Cross Keys, Kingston-upon-Hull, East Yorkshire

Pinnacle Beer & Gin Hall, West Park, Leeds

Best Sustainable Pub

Bat & Ball, Breamore, Hampshire

Fox & Hounds, Barley, Royston, Hertfordshire

Stroud Brewery Taproom, Stroud, Gloucestershire

The Black River Inn, Black Torrington, Devon

The Loch & the Tyne, Old Windsor, Berkshire

The Rising Sun, Truro, Cornwall

Best Young Pub Chef

Charlie Kendall-Smith – the Dog at Wingham, Kent

Karl Quirante – the Cricketers, Ormskirk, Lancashire

Tabi Martin – Queen of Cups, Glastonbury, Somerset

Community Hero

Chaplin’s & the Cellar Bar, Bournemouth, Dorset

The Lion Treorchy, Treorchy

The Old Abbey Taphouse, Manchester

The Alexandra, Wimbledon, south west London

The Rose & Crown, Ashbury, Oxfordshire

Dog & Parrot, Eastwood, Nottinghamshire

Greene King Pub of the Year

East End Fox, Baillieston, Glasgow

The Carnarvon, Sutton-in-Ashfield, Nottinghamshire

Hare & Hound, King’s Heath, Birmingham

Lion & Lamb, Little Canfield, Dunmow, Essex

Stag at Lyndhurst, Lyndhurst, Hampshire

Guy Earl of Warwick, Welling, south east London

Marston’s Pub of the Year

Black Bull Hotel Old Langho, Blackburn, Lancashire

Cock & Magpie Bewdley, Worcestershire

Holly Bush Derby, Derbyshire

Royal Oak, Chapel Ash, Wolverhampton, West Midlands

Star Inn, Tideswell, Buxton, Derbyshire

Rose & Crown, Worcester, Worcestershire

Stonegate Pub of the Year

The Farmers Arms at Frankby, Wirral, Merseyside

Swan, Thornbury, Bristol, Gloucestershire

White Horse, Hambrook, Bristol, Gloucestershire

Allied Arms, Reading, Berkshire       

Woodman, Pinner & Ruislip, Greater London

Admiral Pub of the Year

Keynsham Courtyard, Keynsham, Somerset

The Turf, Wrexham,

The Commercial Inn, Dunfermline

Boot & Shoe, Ackworth, Pontefract, West Yorkshire

Bellringer, Berryhill, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire

Brown Cow Inn, Liverpool, Merseyside

Punch Pub of the Year

The Ferry, Wallasey, Merseyside

Shakespeare, Hull, East Yorkshire

Wickstead Arms, Nantwich, Cheshire

The Ship, Grays, Essex

Bulls Head, Countesthorpe, Leicestershire

The Plough, Prestbury, Gloucestershire

William Mitchell, Morecambe, Lancashire

The Dog House, Lambeth, south London

Anglesey Arms, Halnaker, Chichester, West Sussex

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