Great British Pub Awards 2020 – Winners Announced
The winners of the Great British Pub Awards 2020 have been announced! The annual award ceremony took place on September 24th, culminating in an emotional live streaming of the event. We're delighted to reveal that three of our favourite Great British Pubs have reigned victorious this year.
This year’s final was streamed into pubs and homes up and down the country where host Stephen Mulhern took the audience on a rollercoaster ride of highs and lows with the lockdown stories of pubs across Britain.
Each winner of this year’s Great British Pub Awards will now have the opportunity to submit an application for a grant of up to £10,000 to fund a business improvement or to put towards a community project, courtesy of Coca-Cola.
A huge congratulations to all of the 2020 winners and entrants. It’s been an exceptionally tough year for everybody in the industry, but we hope these special awards have really highlighted some positives from this year and showed the British public and government the amazing things that have been achieved by pubs facing financial crisis during lockdown.See the 2020 winners
Community Mindfulness - Winner
Pubs stepped in to ensure the mental well-being of their communities as the coronavirus pandemic brought with it unprecedented challenges for people in all walks of life. The Community Mindfulness award celebrates the pubs that have worked hard to keep their communities connected and talking.
The White Horse's big-hearted manager missed his locals so much that he did a free two hour DJ set hosted on Facebook - not just once but every Friday during lockdown. It soon gained popularity getting over 1,000 views from all around the world. He also spent his spare time collecting for the local hospital's critical care ward and was recognised by the local church for his care and charity.
Feeding the community - Winner
Food has become an integral part of many pubs' offerings, and during lockdown many pubs shifted to run takeaway services and provided free meals to vulnerable people in their local communities. This award recognises those pubs that are a great example to the trade and kept food services going during lockdown.
Even before pubs were forced to close, the Keel Row in Seaton Delaval set up a free delivery service for those who were apprehensive about visiting public places or had underlying health conditions. They fully launched a takeaway and delivery service during lockdown, with prices for home-cooked meals reduced to ensure all of the community were able to access the service. Meals were delivered to local care homes and sheltered accommodation, a food bank was set up and an afternoon tea service was a huge success within their local community.
Ei Publican Partnerships Pub Hero of the Year - Winner
As part of the Great British Pub Awards 2020, seven pubs from the Ei Publican Partnerships estate were shortlisted for Pub Hero of the Year. The award celebrates the company's pubs which have really shone during lockdown.
Delivering over 10,000 free meals to struggling locals, the The Mowden Pub roped in the whole family to keep the community going during lockdown. Winning the title of Ei Publican Partnerships Pub Hero of the Year in the Great British Pub Awards Pub Heroes 2020, licensees Simon and Rachel Leadbetter raised nearly £10,000 to help fund the support. The couple provided much needed support to vulnerable locals including one single mother who’d been suffering from cancer and was so ill her 12-year-old daughter was having to cook for her.