Enter the Great British Pub Awards
The Great British Pub Awards are on a mission to recognise and reward the finest pubs up and down the UK. With 12 categories this year, from 'Best Pub for Food' to 'Best Pub for Dogs', there's plenty of opportunity for pubs of all shapes, sizes and strengths to make their mark!
What's more, we have 3 new categories for 2022 - 'Best Country/Rural Pub', 'Best City/Urban Pub' and 'Best Sustainable Pub'.
Our aim has always been to 'put bums on seats and pride in teams' across the country, and with this in mind, we're returning to our classic and much loved large-scale format, but with a fresh take for 2022. The Great British Pub Awards are going back to face-to-face, with our largest and most ambitious awards yet - introducing the Great British Pub Festival & Awards!
Think you've got what it takes?
Securing a place as a finalist in these awards is a great opportunity to raise the profile of your business and open the door to new customers and opportunities. With the Great British Pub Awards generating over 239 million opportunities to see/hear via press coverage in 2020, winning can take your business to another level!
Here are just some of the benefits of entering:
- Boost your business, increase awareness and attract new customers
- Showcase your hard work and achievements
- Lift your team’s morale by recognising and rewarding their contribution
- Generate unrivalled national and local PR for your pub
The awards consist of a two-phase judging process, with the initial entry phase crafted to be as simple as possible. For more information on the entry process please visit our Judging page.
Categories for Entry 2022
Click the arrows below to see the criteria for each category and get entering!
ENTRY DEADLINE: Sunday 22 May 2022
Open to all pubs in a urban/city setting. This is for a pub that is doing an exceptional job across the board, offering high standards with its overall offer and great service in superb surroundings that caters for their target market.
Open to all pubs in a rural/village setting. This is for a pub that is doing an exceptional job across the board, offering high standards with its overall offer and great service in superb surroundings that caters for their target market
Open to pubs that put a real emphasis on looking after their four-legged customers. This is a pub that goes beyond simply welcoming owners with dogs, and has a strong offer around catering for animals as part of its core business offer
Recognising pubs who do a great job when it comes to their entertainment offer. This is open to pubs that range from late night operations, to live music providers, through to pubs that run outstanding quiz and charity events.
Open to pubs that focus their offer on the family market. Catering for all ages and for who the family market has been a key part of their business success in the past year. The winner will have a family friendly food and drink offer and facilities to keep all the family entertained.
Open to all pubs with a focus on their exceptional food. The winner will consistently deliver value and high standards through their menu, showcasing the quality of ingredients and innovation in how they are prepared.
Recognising the best pub garden in the country. The winner will have an exceptional outside space that has been well designed and developed to offer customers an outstanding experience.
Open to pubs which offer the best place to watch sport on match days. The winner will screen multiple sports, have an exceptional audio-visual setup and welcome the diverse range of sports fans to their site.
Open to all pubs that are doing a great job when it comes to improving their environmental footprint. Judges will be looking for sustainable practices throughout the operation of the business, from food and drink sourcing, to waste and energy reductions practices.
Open to pubs who have succeeded in building a successful business that is at the centre of its community. The winner will offer a range of facilities to their locals showcasing how a pub can be the hub of a community, from supporting local charities and groups, connecting people, looking after the lonely and vulnerable and providing service way beyond that of a typical pub.
Recognising the best pub chefs in the country. The winning chef will be running an exceptional kitchen offering high food standards, a great menu and awareness of cost management.
If shortlisted all finalists will need to be available for cook-offs on the 27th and 28th July 2022
Recognising the best pub young chefs in the country. The winning young chef will be under 25 years old, consistently delivering high standards in the kitchen.
If shortlisted all finalists will need to be available for cook-offs on the 22nd and 23rd June 2022
Words from the winners...
"We were extremely proud to be able to support our community during such a difficult time last year and receiving this recognition for our efforts was the icing on the cake. In the 4 weeks after opening, we finished 50% up on sales compared with the same period in 2019, demonstrating the impact this investment had on the business."
Winner: Feeding the Community 2020
"Winning the award has meant lots of local and national media coverage, the additional media exposure that you get is really important, because that is worth thousands and thousands of pounds"
Winner: John Smith's Great British Pub of the Year 2017
"Winning the Great British Pub heroes Award was a tremendous honour, not just for our pub The Fountain Bar, but for our whole Community. This award and the #FeldyRoo project as a whole really has helped put Aberfeldy on the map. This is sure to benefit the Fountain bar and all the businesses that were involved in the future."
Winner: Greene King Pub Hero of the Year 2020
"We were delighted to have been selected as a finalist for two awards at the 2020 Great British Pub Awards, and then to go on and win the Staff Welfare Award was absolutely fantastic. We will not let the lovely award just gather dust, we don’t feel that winning the award is the end."
Winner: Staff Welfare Pub Hero 2020
"Thank you for making some dreams come true, for recognising the amazing people I am surrounded by and supported by on a daily basis."
The Great British Pub of the Year 2016
"Winning the GBPA category for Keeping the Community Entertained has been a huge boost for The Swan. Whilst the prize money has allowed us to make some amazing progress with the refurbishment of our kitchen, most importantly, the award has helped us raise our profile in the community and made many more local people aware of what is going on at the pub, our aims and vision for its future."
Winner: Keeping the Community Entertained Pub Hero 2020
"We were incredibly proud to be recognised by such a prestigious award after the most challenging of periods in our industries history. Winning gave our team a much needed morale boost, our customers drew confidence in knowing that the venue had bounced back to be at the top of its game and agencies such as Arts Council England, The Mayor of London and our local Council were reminded of the vital contribution our venue makes to our diverse community."
Winner: Best Late Night Entertainment Pub 2021
"Winning the Hawthorn Pub of the Year was just amazing not only for us but for the wonderful village we live in. The response we have received since winning has been fantastic and overwhelming. Working in a tough environment running a pub, to get this recognition just made it all worthwhile."
Winner: Hawthorn Pub of the Year 2021
"The Great British Pub Awards made a real difference to our business. It was a huge honour to win the “Best Food” award and the consequential publicity was immense. The award undoubtedly helped us grow our reputation for being a destination venue."
Winner: Best Pub Food 2021