The winners of the 21st annual Great British Pub Awards were announced following a public vote.
All 15 winners – and countless others who made the shortlist – provided lifelines to their communities during the coronavirus outbreak, despite many having faced difficulties themselves.
After seeing the role of pubs in their communities in March, the Great British Pub Awards changed their focus in 2020 with a range of new categories for tax collectors including Feeding the Community, Charity Champion and Front Line Support.
The aim was to recognize and celebrate the selfless kind actions of customs officers at the lockdown, from feeding the elderly and vulnerable to providing shelter for NHS staff to maintaining high morals when people needed it most.
Coca-Cola has given the winning pubs a £ 165,000 fund to help them continue their community work and make important business improvements or upgrades in the coming months.
Paul Grace, Brands Director of Coca-Cola UK, said: “Pubs are an integral part of British culture and are a tremendous support to local communities. This year, more than ever, they needed our support in return, which is why it is so important to tell their stories through these awards.
“Many of the pubs we have heard of have had tremendous success with the support of their loyal customers. We must all watch out for each other while the constraints are in place to tackle the challenges that lie ahead.”
Almost 1,000 pubs in the 15 categories were entered and the winners were chosen by the UK public. Before a virtual award ceremony by TV presenter Stephen Mulhern (on Thursday, September 24), more than 65,000 voters had the floor.
The winners are:
- The Nook Cocktail Bar, Weymouth – Business Continuity Winner
- The Portsmouth Arms, Basingstoke – Charity Champion Winner
- White Horse, Kings Lynn – Winner of Community Mindfulness
- The Fox at Peasemore (near Newbury) – Community Services winner
- The Keel Row, Seaton Delaval (Northumberland) – Feeding the community winner
- The Golden Lion Inn, Redruth (Cornwall) – Front Line Support winner
- The Swan, Clewer, Windsor – Entertain the community winner
- Spread Eagle, Bromley Cross (near Bolton) – pub shop winner
- The Crown Inn, Gayton (East Anglia) – Community winner protection
- The Bowgie Inn, Newquay – Employee Welfare Winner
- The Clifton Arms, Blackburn – Admiral Taverns Pub Hero Winner
- Mowden Hotel, Darlington – Winner of the EI Publican Partnership Pub Hero
- The Fountain, Aberfeldy (Perthshire) – Winner of the Greene King Pub Hero
- The Victoria, Newton Le Willows (near Warrington) – Punch Pubs Hero Winner
- Hare and Hounds, West Ardsley (near Wakefield) – Stars Pubs & Bars Hero Winner
Ed Bedington, publisher of The Morning Advertiser pub brand, which organizes the Great British Pub Awards, said: “Early in the pandemic, we received calls from pub owners telling us about community work in towns and villages.
“This all happened despite the fact that the bar owners feared for their own livelihood. But they knew they had to continue to support the people in their communities even though they themselves faced adversity. That is exactly what customs officers do.
“So we wanted to bring these moving stories to life and give the pubs the credit.”
For more information and the awards ceremony, which tells the stories of each of the winning pubs, visit www.greatbritishpubawards.co.uk