GBPA overall winners during past 10 years

By Nikkie Thatcher

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Accolade history: we've listed the winners of the overall Great British Pub of the Year award over the past 10 years
Accolade history: we've listed the winners of the overall Great British Pub of the Year award over the past 10 years

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We’ve taken a trip down memory lane to recap on the pubs that have been named the Great British Pub of the Year over the past decade, ahead of the 2023 ceremony.
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In 2013, the Red Lion in Cricklade, Wiltshire took home the title of Best Freehouse before being crowned the overall winner​.

The pub impressed judges with its all-round success story after it boosted its turnover by almost a quarter (23%).

The Grafton in Kentish Town, London was selected from the 17 category winners to be named the best pub in the country in 2014​.

The site was lauded for its fantastic range of events and promotions, which helped stimulate business across all day parts.

A year later, West Yorkshire’s the Shibden Mill Inn was revealed as the Great British Pub of the Year 2015​ after being named Best Freehouse Pub.

The pub’s all-round excellence put it ahead of competitors, according to the judges.

Stiff competition

An East Sussex pub claimed the title of Great British Pub of the Year 2016​, after beating off stiff competition from more than 1,000 pubs across the UK.

The Bull in Ditchling was first named Freehouse of the Year due to a multitude of great initiatives.

A ‘socially conscious’ pub celebrated being presented with the top award in 2017.

The Eagle & Child in Ramsbottom​, Lancashire drew praise from judges for its work as a social enterprise, giving opportunity and career options to disadvantaged young people.

A focus on providing an all round first-rate pub experience resulted in a north London-based pub winning the ultimate accolade of the UK’s best pub.

The Red Lion & Sun in Highgate struck gold​ after also being named Wine Pub of the Year.

The following year, a Devon pub’s blend of the ancient and the modern meant it was crowned the best in the country.

Impressing judges

The Cott Inn, near Dartington​ wowed judges with its stunning facilities and impeccable standards.

In 2020, the awards pivoted due to the coronavirus pandemic, resulting in the Great British Pub Awards Pub Heroes​, which highlighted how key pubs were to their communities.

While no one pub was named overall winner, venues from across the nation were honoured during a tumultuous time for the sector.

In 2021, the industry fought its way back from the pandemic and a stunning transformation against the odds saw one pub crowned champion of champions.

The Brisley Bell in Dereham, Norfolk​ was also named Best Pub Garden and fought off competition from 12 other pubs.

Last year, the winner of the Marston’s Pub of the Year category went on to be named the best pub​ in the UK.

The Gun Inn, Findon in West Sussex impressed with its quirky modern twist without compromising its historic character.

And that brings us to this year’s prestigious ceremony​, taking place on Tuesday 19 September at Manchester’s Victoria Warehouse, where dozens of pubs are in with a chance of being crowned the Great British Pub of the Year.

The 2023 finalists:

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, Devon

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

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