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: The Initial Entry
Stage One is an initial entry where companies can choose their category and provide us with facts and figures to support their application. 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” .
All successful entrants will be shortlisted, proceeding onto stage two.
Stage Two: Head Office Site Visit
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.
Stage Three: The Mystery Shopper
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!
Stage Four: Judgement Day!
And finally, our Panel Judging day. For obvious reasons, we will be hosting this final judging day in this year’s awards, remotely. We will still ask each finalist company to send their key representatives for quizzing on what they think makes their company tick. The interviews will continue as a ‘Dragons Den’ style grilling and will see each finalist put under the spotlight of a panel of judges made up of key industry experts and representatives from the Morning Advertiser, and this will still be the toughest stage of the process.
About the judges
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 this year’s finalists and winners.
What our customers say...
"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 hoe you move it forward"
"I have received many grateful notes from those we invited who thoroughly enjoyed the whole evening, as I did. I hope that some of them may think of entering the Awards next year"
"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."
"Firstly - well done on yet another brilliant Publican Awards. Though 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!"
"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 well executed as ever. Excellent food and really great selection of drinks."