Around 1,400 people attended the pub industry’s biggest awards event at Battersea Evolution in London on March 12, to see some of the best businesses in the sector honoured by host Alan Carr.
Hundreds of PubCo’s entered the biggest pub competition, and after a rigorous judging process, the big winners this year were Stonegate Pub Company, taking home several categories while their boss Simon Longbottom was voted Business Leader of the Year.
Ed Bedington, editor of The Morning Advertiser, which organises the awards, said “This event is always a pleasure to host, and we’re delighted to be able to recognise some of the great businesses that work in our sector. Judging these awards is real privilege and it’s reassuring to see some of the great work that is going on in the industry, I’d like to congratulate all our finalists and winners.”
Full Winners List 2019
Best Accommodation Operator (sponsored by HGEM): Fuller, Smith & Turner
Best Pub Brand/Concept (sponsored by Asahi UK): Inception Group – Mr Fogg’s
Best Brewing Pub Company (sponsored by Fentimans): J.W. Lees Brewery
Best Sustainable Pub Company (sponsored by Sky): Darwin & Wallace
Best Community Pub Operator (sponsored by Britvic): Stonegate Pub Company
Best Food Offer (sponsored by FoodSpark): The Liberation Group
Best Premium Food Offer (sponsored by ABInBev): Cirrus Inns
Best Drinks Offer (sponsored by Coca Cola European Partners): Be At One
Best Late Night Operator (sponsored by CGA Insight): The Deltic Group
Best New Pub/Bar (sponsored by Heineken UK): The Box – Arc Inspirations
Best Pub Employer – up to 500 employees (sponsored by MCA Insight): The Inn Collection Group
Best Pub Employer – 501+ Employees (sponsored by Carlsberg UK): Stonegate Pub Company
Best Pub Operations Team (sponsored by Sky): Fuller, Smith & Turner
Best Managed Pub Company – 2 – 50 sites (sponsored by Molson Coors): The New World Trading Company
Best Managed Pub Company – 51+ sites (sponsored by CPL Online): Stonegate Pub Company
Best Tenanted/Leased Pub Company (sponsored by Kuehne + Nagel): Admiral Taverns
Business Leader of the Year (sponsored by Poppleston Allen): Simon Longbottom, Stonegate Pub Company
Outstanding Industry Achievement (sponsored by The Morning Advertiser): Rooney Anand, Greene King
"Entering The Publican Awards is not taken lightly with countless hours spent scrutinising whether you have done enough to warrant an entry. It's a process that allows you clarity in your vision, focus on your strategy and guidance as to how you move it all forward."
Jayson Perfect, The Liberation Group
"I have received many grateful notes from those we invited who thoroughly enjoyed the whole evening, as did I. I hope that some of them may think of entering the Awards next year."
Brigid Simmonds OBE, Chief Executive, BBPA
“Thank you so much for such a fabulous evening at last night's awards. It really was a wonderful evening - congratulations to all your team for organising such a wonderful event."
Claire Thornburn (PR), The Inn Collection Group
“Firstly - well done on yet another brilliant Publican Awards. Thought the event was very good. Food was excellent - best ever - and thought the drinks reception was exceptional. We were obviously delighted to pick up our two awards!”
Georgina Wald, Corporate Communications Manager with Fuller’s
"I just wanted to congratulate you on a fantastic Publican Awards and thank you very much for my invite. It was a thoroughly enjoyable evening and very well executed as ever. Excellent food and a really great selection of drinks."