2022 Finalists

Many pub companies entered The Publican Awards this year, and have been put through our rigorous judging process to determine the very best in the nation. We're very pleased to share with you this year's shortlisted finalists below.

Good luck to all our finalists in the challenging competition ahead, and commiserations to those that didn’t get through – this competition is not an easy one and we appreciate the efforts of all who look to enter.

The winners will be named at The Publican Awards event on 30 March 2022. Click here to find out more about tickets.

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Best Accommodation Operator

This award will be 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. The finalists are:

  • Daniel Thwaites
  • Liberation Group
  • PubLove


Best Brewing Pub Company

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. The finalists are:

  • Laine Pub and Brewing Company
  • North Brewing Co.
  • Robinsons Brewery
  • Wells & Co. / Brewpoint


Best Community Pub Operator

The winning company will have a successful pub estate of community focused pubs – community focused meaning trade predominantly targets local rather than destination customers. The finalists are:

  • Craft Union Pub Company
  • Everards Brewery
  • Wells & Co.


Best Drinks Offer

This award will be presented to a pub company that demonstrates drinks retail excellence, with drink sales a key part of the company’s total profits. The finalists are:

  • Albion & East
  • Berkeley Inns
  • Camerons Brewery


Best Food Offer

This award will be 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. The finalists are:

  • Albion & East
  • Farmhouse Inns
  • Provenance Inns & Hotels


Best Late Night Operator

This award will be presented to a pub company with late licenses whose core offer is built around the late night sector. The finalists are:

  • Advocate Group
  • REKOM


Best Managed Pub Company (2 - 50 Sites)

This award will be presented to a highly successful managed retail estate, which has shown strong innovation and business performance in the past year. The finalists are:

  • Arc Inspirations
  • Hippo Inns
  • The Inn Collection Group
  • Urban Pubs and Bars


Best Managed Pub Company (51+ Sites)

This award will be presented to a highly successful managed retail estate, which has shown strong innovation and business performance in the past year. The finalists are:

  • Greene King
  • Liberation Group


Best New Site

The winning pub site will have 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. The finalists are:

  • Cahoots
  • Daniel Thwaites
  • Joules Brewery
  • North Brewing Co.
  • Rockwater Group
  • The Boat


Best Premium Food Offer

This award will be 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. The finalists are:

  • Anglian Country Inns
  • Liberation Group
  • Oakman Group
  • Peach Pubs


Best Pub Brand/Concept

This award will be presented to a pub company that presents a very strong and definitive brand offering. The finalists are:

  • Chef & Brewer
  • Chestnut
  • Hickory's Smokehouse
  • Punch Pubs & Co.


Best Pub Employer

This award will be 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. The finalists are:

  • Chestnut
  • Barons Pub Company
  • Metropolitan Pub Company
  • Stonegate Group


Best Pub Operations Team

This award will be presented to the pub company that has the best pub operations team. The finalists are:

  • Arc Inspirations
  • Barons Pub Company
  • REKOM
  • Stonegate Group


Best Sustainable Pub Company

This award will be 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. The finalists are:

  • North Brewing Co.
  • Peach Pubs
  • Revolution Bars


Best Tenanted / Leased Pub Company (Up to 500 Sites)

This award will be presented to a highly successful tenanted or leased retail estate. The finalists are:

  • Greene King Pub Partners
  • Punch Pubs & Co.
  • Stonegate Group


Best Tenanted / Leased Pub Company (501+ Sites)

This award will be presented to a highly successful tenanted or leased retail estate. The finalists are:

  • Everards Brewery
  • Hall & Woodhouse
  • Wells & Co.


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