The Publican Awards judging process remains one of the most comprehensive, rigorous and reputable in the industry – ensuring that the awards remain the most respected in the pub trade. Our goal is to provide entrants with a realistic audit on their business, as well as guaranteeing that all awards are given fairly and deservedly.
Stage One is an initial entry where companies can choose their category and provide us with facts and figures to support their application. This process is undertaken via our official entry website. For a detailed walk-through of what is involved in this stage, please refer to the “How to enter The Publican Awards” video on our “Enter” Page.
All successful entrants will be shortlisted, proceeding onto stage two.
Stage Two provides you with a chance to really sell your company and impress one of our judges. The Head Judge from your chosen category will pay a visit to your company. This is your opportunity to introduce them to key people in your business and give them a tour of some of your operations to really bring your business to life and showcase what makes you a winner.
This one is around to keep you on your toes. Keeping up a constant, high level of customer service and overall quality will carry you through this round. This is also a fantastic opportunity to get a neutral audit of your pub from a qualified mystery shopper, who will keep track of everything from speed of service through to hygiene – make the most of it and find out what your pub looks like in somebody else’s shoes!
And finally, our Panel Judging day. Hosted in the Pullman London St Pancras Hotel, each company will send their key representatives for a quizzing on what they think makes their company tick. This “Dragon’s Den” style grilling will see each finalist put under the spotlight by a panel of key industry experts, and is seen as the toughest stage of the process.
Our judges are a vital piece of The Publican Awards, as they are the basis of the robust entry process that ensures the awards remain the most respected in the industry. The judging panel are picked from a whole host of different categories to ensure that we have experts in every relevant field to help us decide who is truly the most deserving of each award. Click here to see the 2019 finalists.
Sapient Corporate Finance
The Red Lion & Sun
Freelance business journalist and PR consultant
British Institute of Innkeeping
Lavender Bank Partners
Brand Strategy and Development Consultant
City Pub Company
Sapient Corporate Finance
All Party Parliamentary Beer Group
Kate Hempsall PR & Communnications
Freelance journalist and consultant
Coca-Cola European Partners
Only a Pavement Away
Team Margot Foundation
WE ARE Spectacular
Freelance journalist & writer
The Clink Charity
Christie & Co
London Cocktail Week
Freelance journalist and editor
Jones Architecture + Design
British Beer & Pub Association
Black Sheep Brewery
Freemasons at Wiswell
The Morning Advertiser
Sustainable Restaurant Association
Natalie Waldron Design
Phoenix Artist Club