GBPA 2023

Meet the winner of the Best Sustainable Pub 2023 sponsored by Heineken UK

By The Morning Advertiser

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Environmental ethos: Stroud Brewery Taproom’s dedication to sustainability makes it a worthy winner
Environmental ethos: Stroud Brewery Taproom’s dedication to sustainability makes it a worthy winner

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Former environmental scientist Greg Pilley launched Stroud Brewery as one of the country’s few all-organic breweries in 2006, expanding in 2018 into its current site where, over three floors, the taproom and events spaces demonstrate not only a commitment to sustainability but a belief in the value of providing a genuinely inclusive community hub.

Solar panels on the roof provide 25% of the energy needed to run both the brewery and the taproom, and the remainder is all from renewable sources. Rainwater is collected and channelled into a system that flushes the toilets.

Alongside the brewery’s own beers, other food and drink is, as much as possible, organic and sourced locally from suppliers that share Stroud’s ethos. The company champions cask ale as the most sustainable beer, and even the crisp packets are compostable.

Sense of community

Most recently, the taproom’s EPoS system has been reprogrammed to track sales of organic and local products and measure its performance against ambitious targets. Stroud is B-Corp certified, too, meaning its efforts to balance profits with being a force for good are regularly assessed.

And the business takes the notion of sustainability to another level, not only promoting carbon reduction and biodiversity but working to create and deepen a sense of community among local people.

Greg Pilley believes that rather than expressing their identity through buying things, people can achieve the same satisfaction through social interaction, and pubs therefore have a vital role to play in changing behaviours to lessen the impact on the environment.

Raising the bar

That means there’s always lots going on in the taproom, from the moment it opens at 10am every morning. You might stumble on painting parties, dance classes and yoga, or film clubs, folk music and food pop-ups.

Stroud Brewery is raising the bar when it comes to doing the right thing, and it’s doing it as a thriving business at the heart of its community.

Full list of 2023 GBPA winners:

Great British Pub of the Year 2023 – the Cholmondeley Arms, Malpas, Cheshire

Best City/Urban Pub – the Turks Head, Twickenham, Greater London

Best Country/Rural Pub – the Cholmondeley Arms, Malpas, Cheshire

Best Pub for Food – the Loch & The Tyne, Old Windsor, Berkshire

Best Pub for Dogs – the Bellflower, Garstang, Lancashire

Best Pub for Families – the Plough, Normanton on the Wolds, Nottinghamshire

Best Pub for Entertainment – the Kings Arms, Bexleyheath, south east London

Best Pub Garden – Gaggle of Geese, Buckland Newton, Dorset

Best Pub to Watch Sport – the Royal Dyche, Burnley, Lancashire

Best Sustainable Pub – Stroud Brewery Taproom, Stroud, Gloucestershire

Best Pub Chef – Charlotte Vincent, Candlelight Inn, Chard, Somerset

Best Young Pub Chef – Karl Quirante, the Cricketers, Ormskirk, Lancashire

Community Hero – the Old Abbey Taphouse, Manchester

Admiral Pub of the Year – Boot & Shoe, Ackworth, Pontefract, West Yorkshire

Stonegate Pub of the Year – the Woodman, Ruislip, north west London

Greene King Pub of the Year – the Stag, Lyndhurst, Hampshire

Marston’s Pub of the Year – Rose & Crown, Worcester, Worcestershire

Punch Pub of the Year – the Plough, Prestbury, Gloucestershire

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