2021 Finalists


First round judging is now complete, leaving our list of finalists for this year's event. Despite the circumstances, we received some fantastic entries this year, displaying the strength & unity in the pub industry. For almost three decades, the competition has recognised excellence throughout the pub and bar trade, celebrating some of the best operations around.

Good luck to all our finalists in the challenging competition ahead, and commiserations to those that didn’t get through – this competition is not an easy one and we appreciate the efforts of all who look to enter. Win or lose, everybody in the pub sector should be proud of their efforts in the last year.

The winners will be named during a special online Publican Awards event on 30 March. Click here to find out more about tickets.

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Best Accommodation Operator

This award will be presented to a pub company that has focused on offering accommodation as a key part of their business. Accommodation will play a significant part in contributing to the company’s profits and helping drive trade. The finalists are:

  • Stay Original Company
  • The Inn Collection Group
  • OHH Pub Company Ltd
  • HQ Collection


Best Brewing Pub Company

This award recognises companies who operate both a successful brewery and a managed or tenanted/leased pub estate or both. The company will have between 2 and 150 pub sites. The finalists are:

  • Ossett Brewery
  • North Brewing Co. / North Bar Ltd
  • Joules Brewery


Best Community Pub Operator

The winning company will have a successful pub estate of community focused pubs – community focused meaning trade predominantly targets local rather than destination customers. The finalists are:

  • OHH Pub Company Ltd
  • Greene King
  • Wells & Co.
  • Hawthorn 


Best Drinks Offer

This award will be presented to a pub company that demonstrates drinks retail excellence, with drink sales a key part of the company’s total profits. The finalists are:

  • Cheshire Cat Pubs & Bars
  • Darwin & Wallace
  • Berkeley Inns
  • HQ Hospitality


Best Food Offer

This award will be presented to a pub company that delivers a successful mainstream food offer across their estate, with food a key part of the company’s total sales. This award is open to companies which average food price for a two course meal (Starter/Dessert and Main) is from £12.50 to £25 per head. The finalists are:

  • Greene King / Brand - Chef & Brewer Collection
  • Hippo Inns
  • Hickory's Smokehouse
  • Berkeley Inns


Best Managed Pub Company

This award will be presented to a highly successful managed retail estate, which has shown strong innovation and business performance in the past year. The finalists are:

  • The Inn Collection Group
  • Wells & Co.
  • Brewhouse and Kitchen
  • Urban Pubs and Bars
  • Cubitt House
  • Liberation Group / Butcombe Brewing Co.


Best New Site

The winning pub site will have opened during the past 24 months. The site will either be a new-build pub or substantial re-development and entrants must demonstrate evidence of how effectively trade has been built at the site. The finalists are:

  • Stay Original Company
  • Red Lion at Hellidon Ltd Part of the Freespirit Pub Co Limited
  • The Ostrich (Butcombe Brewing Co. / Liberation Group)
  • The Meynell Ingram Arms
  • The Oarsman


Best Premium Food Offer

This award will be presented to a pub company that delivers a successful premium food offer across their estate, with food a key part of the company’s total sales. This award is open to companies which average food price for a two course meal (Starter/Dessert and Main) is above £25 per head. The finalists are:

  • Stay Original Company
  • Metropolitan Pub Company
  • Liberation Group / Butcombe Brewing Co.
  • Cubitt House
  • Darwin & Wallace


Best Pub Employer

This award will be presented to the pub company that provides an excellent working environment for employees including comprehensive training, strong staff motivation and benefits and a meaningful career path/development structure for employees. The finalists are:

  • Stay Original Company
  • The Inn Collection Group
  • Brewhouse and Kitchen
  • North Brewing Co and North Bar Ltd
  • Greene King


Best Sustainable Pub Company

This award will be presented to a pub company that demonstrates a significant and concerted effort to reduce its waste. This includes the reduction and / or redistribution of food waste; energy reduction and management; plastics and single use items. The finalists are:

  • Brewdog
  • Darwin & Wallace
  • Yummy Pubs


Best Tenanted / Leased Pub Company

This award will be presented to a highly successful tenanted or leased retail estate. The finalists are:

  • Robinsons Brewery
  • Shepherd Neame
  • Wells & Co.
  • Greene King


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