2019 Winners

Best Accommodation Operator – sponsored by HGEM

This award is 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.

WINNER: Fuller, Smith & Turner

The finalists:

  • Coaching Inn Group
  • Bed & Bars
  • Fuller’s
  • Cirrus Inns

Best Brewing Pub Company – sponsored by Fentimans

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.

WINNER: J.W. Lees Brewery

The finalists:

  • Titanic Brewery
  • North Bar / North Brewing Co.
  • J.W. Lees
  • Lincoln Green

Best Community Pub Operator – sponsored by Britvic

The winning company has a successful pub estate of community focused pubs – community focused meaning trade predominantly targets local rather than destination customers.

WINNER: Stonegate Pub Company

The finalists:

  • Livelyhood Venues
  • Stonegate Pub Company
  • The Craft Union Pub Company
  • Greene King

Best Late Night Operator – sponsored by CGA Insight

This award is presented to the late night pub/bar/club operator that demonstrates sales growth; excellent business innovation, drinks retail excellence and strong entertainment and marketing ideas. The award is open to companies whose trading hours operate past midnight.

WINNER: The Deltic Group

The finalists:

  • Tokyo Industries
  • The Deltic Group
  • Stonegate Pub Company

Best Tenanted/Leased Pub Company – sponsored by Kuehne + Nagel

This award is presented to a highly successful tenanted or leased retail estate with over 501 sites.

WINNER: Admiral Taverns

The finalists:

  • Punch
  • Ei Group
  • Admiral Taverns

Best Managed Pub Company (2 to 50 sites) – sponsored by Molson Coors

This award is presented to a highly successful managed retail estate with between 2 and 50 sites, which has shown strong innovation and business performance in the past year.

WINNER: The New World Trading Company

The finalists:

  • The New World Trading Company
  • Arc Inspirations
  • Oakman Inns
  • The Inn Collection Group

Best Managed Pub Company (51+ sites) – sponsored by CPL Online

This award is presented to a highly successful managed retail estate, which has shown strong innovation and business performance in the past year.

WINNER: Stonegate Pub Company

The finalist:

  • Stonegate Pub Company
  • Shepherd Neame

Best Pub Employer (up to 500 employees) – sponsored by MCA Insight

This award is 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.

WINNER: The Inn Collection Group

The finalists:

  • 16 Hospitality
  • Livelyhood Group
  • The Inn Collection Group

Best Pub Employer (501+ employees) – sponsored by Carlsberg UK

This award is 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.

WINNER: Stonegate Pub Company

The finalists:

  • Stonegate Pub Company
  • Oakman Inns
  • The New World Trading Company
  • Coaching Inn Group

Best Pub Operations Team – sponsored by Sky

This award is presented to the pub operations team that best demonstrates its effectiveness in innovation, leadership and business success.

WINNER: Fuller, Smith & Turner

The finalist:

  • The Deltic Group
  • The New World Trading Company
  • Stonegate Pub Group
  • Fuller, Smith & Turner

Best Food Offer – sponsored by FoodSpark

This award is 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.

WINNER: The Liberation Group

The finalists:

  • The Liberation Group
  • Coaching Inn Group
  • Seafood Pub Company
  • Hippo Inns

Best Premium Food Offer – sponsored by ABInBev

This award is 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.

WINNER: Cirrus Inns

The finalists:

  • Bel & The Dragon
  • Cirrus Inns

Best Pub Brand/Concept – sponsored by Asahi UK

This award is presented to the best pub brand/concept. It may be your company’s only brand/concept or one of several brands within the company that demonstrates business success, clear strategies and strong focus on innovation and development.

WINNER: Inception Group – Mr Fogg’s

The finalists:

  • Inception Group
  • The New World Trading Company
  • Stonegate Pub Company
  • Pizza, Pots & Pints

Best New Pub/Bar – sponsored by Heineken UK

The winning pub site 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.

WINNER: The Box – Arc Inspirations

The finalists:

  • The Florist, Liverpool
  • ATIK, Hull
  • The Box, Leeds
  • The Royal Foresters, Ascot
  • The Coach Makers Arms, Marylebone, London
  • Rumba, Congleton, Cheshire

Best Drinks Offer – sponsored by Coca-Cola European Partners

This award is presented to a pub company that demonstrates drinks retail excellence, with drink sales a key part of the company’s total profits.

WINNER: Be At One

The finalists:

  • The New World Trading Company
  • The Alchemist
  • Stonegate Pub Company
  • Arc Inspirations

Best Sustainable Pub Company – sponsored by Sky

This award is 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.

WINNER: Darwin & Wallace

The finalists:

  • Greene King
  • Darwin & Wallace
  • Oakman Inns
  • Liberation Group

Business Leader of the Year – sponsored by Poppleston Allen

WINNER: Simon Longbottom, Stonegate Pub Company


The Morning Advertiser‘s Outstanding Industry Achievement

WINNER: Rooney Anand, Greene King

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If you have any questions about the event, please contact Hazel Batchelar on 01293 846551, or Hazel.Batchelar@wrbm.com.