Pubs and bars across the UK are raising a toast, following the unveiling of the National Pub & Bar Awards 2023 county winners.
And The Crown at Ampney Brook near Cirencester has made the prestigious shortlist for the south west, ahead of the regional and overall winners being announced at the grand final awards ceremony on Wednesday 28 June 2023.
The popular pub now faces competition from the Bell and Crown in Wiltshire, The Driftwood Spars in Cornwall, The Langton Arms in Dorset, The Lost and Found in Bristol, The Masons Arms in Devon and The Swan Wedmore in Somerset for the south west regional champion title.
The annual event names 94 venues as the best in their respective counties, to highlight the positive and inspiring work being carried out across the UK’s hospitality industry.
Entries for the awards have been open since the start of the year, with hundreds of venues outlining the details of their operation, summarising the work that goes into design, training, team welfare, sustainability, food, drink, marketing and many other areas.
Tristan O’Hana, editor of Pub & Bar magazine, which runs the awards, said: 'We were overwhelmed by the level and quality of entries this year. It just goes to show what magnificent work is going on across the UK hospitality sector.
'With outrageous energy costs, recruitment shortages and a punishing taxation system, these businesses are once again facing tough times. Now, more than ever, it’s vital people support their local pubs and bars.'
The esteemed National Pub & Bar of the Year 2022 award was won by The Frogmill in Cheltenham.