The Great British Pub 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 ensure that all awards are given fairly and deservedly.
Stage One: The Initial Entry
Stage One consists of an initial entry where entrants can choose their category(s) and provide us with basic information and evidence to support their application. We know pub operators are busy, therefore this stage has been crafted to be as simple as possible.
Stage Two: Shortlist
All entries will be judged and those that are shortlisted will proceed onto stage two, where they will be asked to provide additional information related to their application.
Stage Three: Site Visit
Stage Three provides entrants with a chance to really sell their pub and impress one of our judges. The Head Judge from the chosen category will pay a visit to the pub. This is an opportunity to introduce key people in the business and showcase why the pub in question deserves to be a winner.
Stage Four: Final Interviews
And the last stage, the final interviews. This will see each finalist's application and site visit scrutinised by our judging panel - where a winner will be decided!
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
"It was an amazing day. Our team absolutely loved it. We're already thinking of new ideas to get us into the next one!"
"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