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Prestigious event: the 2024 Publican Awards will return to Evolution London in March

PUBLICAN AWARDS

2024 Publican Awards finalists revealed

By Nikkie Thatcher

With the first stage of the rigorous judging process complete, the 2024 Publican Awards finalists can now be unveiled.

The Morning Advertiser's Lock In Podcast episode 69

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Snowball anyone? Anyone?

By Ed Bedington

The Lock In team take a look at Christmas, from how to handle the irregular customers (Doreen from Accounts, we're looking at you) through to nostalgic tipples!

Community care: Every year the Alexandra hosts free lunch for those spending Christmas Day alone

These pubs are serving up free meals this Christmas

By Amelie Maurice-Jones

Enter one Wimbledon pub on 25 December and you’ll find a warmly lit sports bar twinkling with tinsel and abuzz with a mix of widowers, retail workers, au pairs, army lads and NHS staff sharing Christmas dinner over laughter and wine.

The Hunters Walton Park turns into Whoville for Christmas

Pub turns into Whoville for Christmas

By Amelie Maurice-Jones

Lancashire-based pub the Hunters has boosted December trade through transforming into Whoville for the festive period.

Deadline extension: operators now have until Friday 1 December to enter the Publican Awards

Extra time to enter 2024 Publican Awards

By Nikkie Thatcher

The entry deadline for next year’s Publican Awards has been extended, meaning operators have an additional week to be in with a chance of being named the best of the best.

Live Your Life award: HIT Training's Jill Whittaker with Keith Knowles (left) and Steve Alton (right)

Training excellence recognised at BII’s NITAs

By Gary Lloyd

Pubcos and individuals were honoured for their excellence in people development at the British Institute of Innkeeping’s (BII) National Innovation in Training Awards (NITAs).

Valued gift: Black Friday is deemed a great time to sell gift cards (credit: Getty/kelvinjay)

POLL

VOTE NOW: do you sell gift cards at your pub?

By Rebecca Weller

Hospitality gift cards could help “boost sales” during the quiet post-Christmas period, do you sell them at your pub? Have your say now in our snap poll.

Community pubs 10,000 pound boost from Coke

Community hero gets £10,000 boost

By Ed Bedington

Community events at an award winning pub have been given a £10,000 boost from Coca-Cola, following its success at the Great British Pub Awards.

Heineken teams up with Marmalade Trust to tackle loneliness

£90,000 raised to help tackle loneliness

By Ed Bedington

A charity to help solve the challenges of loneliness has been given a £90,000 boost thanks to a glittering gala ball hosted by Heineken UK.

Speaking out: Pubs are putting on events to raise money for people in Gaza

Pubs fundraise for Palestine

By Amelie Maurice-Jones

Pubs are putting on events to raise money for Palestinians in the Gaza strip, as Israel continues its assault on the area.

Sobering view: non-alcoholic occasions should be seen as an opportunity says Hari Fell

OPINION

Sober October deniers’ pubs will struggle to survive

By Hari Fell, Tudor Farmhouse Hotel, Clearwell, Gloucestershire, and founder of NoLo Cocktails

As a hotelier of 20 years and having given up alcohol more than four years ago, I read Gav Young’s opinion piece ‘A Pub is for life not for 10 months of the year’ with dismay.

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Publican Awards

Publican Awards 2024 open for entry

By Ed Bedington

The hunt is on for the best operators in the hospitality sector as the industry’s leading awards gets underway for 2024.

Operator opinion: Gav Young of the Plough and Barleycorn in the Isle of Wight has his say on Sober October

OPINION

'A pub is for life, not for 10 months of the year'

By Gav Young, the Plough and Barleycorn, Isle of Wight

As if ‘Dry January’ wasn’t enough, the geniuses at Macmillan have joined in with Sober October. I guess when your CEO earns in excess of £190,000, originality is too much to ask!

Awards finalists: the White Horse's Tosh Lakhnai (centre) and Sunny Hodge (right) of Diogenes The Dog

Trade great for finalists in BIH Spotlight Awards

By Gary Lloyd

Two of the finalists for Pub/Bar of the Year in the Be Inclusive Hospitality (BIH) Spotlight Awards have revealed how trade at their sites has improved so much since the pandemic.

Active role: the Plough ticks all the boxes when it comes to operating a great pub

GBPA 2023

Meet the winner of the Punch Pub of the Year 2023

By The Morning Advertiser

With its thatched roof and quirky interior, the Grade 2 listed Plough looks the quintessential country pub, and thanks to the care and attention of tenants Emma and Paul Gibbon it’s grown into much more, a family-friendly venue that plays an active role...

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

GBPA 2023

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

By The Morning Advertiser

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...

Previous experience: judges were impressed with operator Steve Banks’ transformation of the pub

GBPA 2023

Meet the winner of the Stonegate Pub of the Year 2023

By The Morning Advertiser

A strong grip on training and developing careers, alongside some great sustainability credentials which has helped create an urban oasis, has seen the Woodman named Stonegate Pub of the Year at the Great British Pub Awards 2023.

Offer evolving: the team at the Kings Arms are always adding to their entertainment repertoire

GBPA 2023

Meet the winner of the Best Pub for Entertainment 2023

By The Morning Advertiser

From the moment you step into the Kings Arms you’re welcomed with open arms by the tight-knit group of bar staff. Whether you want to dine in the restaurant, soak up some sun, or get some peace and quiet in a remote corner, this pub has a spot for everyone....

Sporting focus: the Royal Dyche impresses judges with its dedication to all sports

GBPA 2023

Meet the winner of the Best Pub to Watch Sport 2023

By The Morning Advertiser

The Royal Dyche is an institution in Burnley – it’s where everyone goes if they’re a sports fan and, in particular, a fan of the town’s Premier League football side.

Pooch perfection: the Bellflower offers a plethora of facilities for four-legged customers

GBPA 2023

Meet the winner of the Best Pub for Dogs 2023

By The Morning Advertiser

The Bellflower in Garstang, Lancashire was named the Best Pub for Dogs for the second consecutive year at the 2023 Great British Pub Awards.

Operation adaptation: judges describe the Boot & Shoe as a fantastic community pub

GBPA 2023

Meet the winner of the Admiral Pub of the Year 2023

By The Morning Advertiser

Extensive investment into its garden, along with an impeccably run operation has seen the Boot & Shoe named as the Admiral Pub of the Year in the Great British Pub Awards 2023.

Transformation time: the pub has received a full refurbishment over the past two years

GBPA

Meet the winner of the Best Pub for Families 2023

By The Morning Advertiser

The Plough at Normanton-on-Wolds, Nottingham, is a charming rural pub that prides itself on a warm welcome for all, catering for every member of the family.

Diverse offering: the Old Abbey House has something for everyone

GBPA 2023

Meet the winner of Community Hero 2023 sponsored by CCEP

By The Morning Advertiser

The Old Abbey Taphouse in Hulme, Manchester, is so much more than a pub to local people – it’s a place that drives social action that makes a real positive difference to their lives.

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