Greene King Pub Partners celebrates licensees at awards

Ten pubs and two licensees have taken home honours at the Night of Excellence awards in a lavish ceremony and dinner held at Whittlebury Hall in Towcester, Northamptonshire.
The awards, hosted by Greene King Pub Partners, celebrated the success of Greene King Pub Partners’ licensees.

The awards were attended by numerous licensees from across the country who work with Greene King Pub Partners, as well as representatives from the hospitality and pub sector including trade bodies, business leaders and more.

Comprising of 14 awards ranging from Community Pub of the Year to Pub Team of the Year – and an overall Pub of the Year award – entrants to the Night of Excellence awards go through a strict judging process including mystery visits in order to be crowned winners.

Over 200 pubs and licensees entered the awards, eventually being whittled down to 30 finalists.

The Barologist, located in Leith, Edinburgh was the overall winner of the Night of Excellence Awards, picking up the Pub of the Year award. It also won the Spirit Pub of the Year and Innovation Pub of the Year awards.

Mari Woods, licensee for the Rose of Moseley pub in Moseley, Liverpool won the lifetime achievement award in recognition of her 30 years operating the pub and raising in excess of £250k for charities.

Clive Price, founder of Baron Pub Co Ltd, won the Multiple Operator of the Year award in recognition of his consistent and proven track record in turning around pubs into thriving locals at the heart of their communities.

Other winners from the night were:
> The Cott Inn, based in Darlington, Devon, which won the Pub Team of the Year award for the passion, professionalism and commitment of its team of 40 people.

> The Banner Cross in Sheffield, which won the Sports Pub of the Year award for providing pub goers with an unrivalled sports offer ranging from the football and rugby to Formula One and golf.

> The Champion of the Thames, Cambridge, which won Beer Pub of the Year for its unrivalled cellar practices including beer line cleaning and staff training.

> The Portland Arms, Cambridge, which won Entertainment Pub of the Year for its incredible 200-capacity gig room complete with stage, cloakroom and bar facilities.

> The Crown & Anchor pub in Eastbourne, which won Community Pub of the Year for its family friendly pub offer, live music and vital role in its community sponsoring countless local sports teams and supporting numerous charities.

> The Fox & Duck pub in Therfield near Royston, which won Digital Pub of the Year for its sector leading use of social media to promote its menus and events, as well as best practice use of the Tripadvisor review platform.

> The James Street Tavern in Oxford, which won Pub Garden of the Year for its stunning and plentiful outdoor garden space that includes an outside bar, ping-pong table and weatherproof covers.

> The Red Lion & Sun in Highgate, London, which won Wine Pub of the Year for the depth and breadth of its wine offer, staff training on wine and use of an Enomatic machine.

> The Drumming Snipe in Mayfield near Woking, which won Pub Capex of the year for its £380k investment transforming the pub inside and out into a leading destination pub complete with outside kitchen area and orangery.

Wayne Shurvinton, Managing Director for Greene King Pub Partners, said, 'Congratulations to all the winners at the Night of Excellence awards. And a big well done to the team at The Barologist in Edinburgh for winning Pub of the Year!

“Our partners are a class above, so choosing the winners was no easy task and the bar was exceptionally high.

“It is great to celebrate our business partners and the way they go above and beyond to run fantastic pubs for their local communities. I look forward to making the Night of Excellence awards an annual event going forward!”

Andrena Smith-Bowes and Jamie Mackinnon of The Barologist, said, “Words cannot express how delighted I am to have won not one but THREE awards at the Night of Excellence awards, including Pub of the Year!

“When we opened The Barologist in 2018 I wanted to create a brilliant and unique pub experience – winning these three awards shows we have done just that.

“I would like to dedicate all three of the awards we have won to the brilliant team at The Barologist – this award is a thanks to you and the amazing work you do.”