Were you papped at the Publican Awards?

By Gary Lloyd

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It's party time: guests enjoyed entertainment, food and plenty of drinks
It's party time: guests enjoyed entertainment, food and plenty of drinks

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The glorious Evolution London venue welcomed pub and bar operators and bosses from across the UK last week (Wednesday 27 March) to celebrate the 2024 Publican Awards.

Tom Allen, comedian and star of TV shows such as The Apprentice: You’re Fired​ and Bake Off: An Extra Slice​, hosted the event alongside Ed Bedington, editor of The Morning Advertiser​, which runs the awards.

There were plenty of awards up for grabs and everyone who made the final should be justifiably proud of their achievements no matter what the outcome – and those attending knew how to party too!

South-east-based business Heartwood Inns won two awards in the Best Managed Pub Company (2-50 sites) and Best Pub Operations Team categories.

People-driven business

Loungers chairman and co-founder Alex Reilley was named Business Leader of the Year for achieving astonishing growth in a challenging and complex market.

Reilley said on the night: “We have had a massive challenge over the past few years but you have to remember we are a fabulously people-driven business with a fabulous culture across the industry.

“Fundamentally while we still have challenges, we are really integral to way that people exist and want to live their lives.”

The event saw more a record-breaking attendance of more than 1,500 guests come together to celebrate excellence across the pub and bar industry.

Incredible businesses

Bedington of The Morning Advertiser​ said: “We are delighted to announce and celebrate our winners, shining a light on the incredible businesses showcasing the best in our sector, despite the challenges we all are facing.

“All of the companies we have seen over the past few weeks and months have been outstanding and judges have had a tough job to pick winners.

“These awards are the pinnacle of the industry and even being shortlisted is an amazing achievement so a huge well done to all finalists and winners.”

The awards are sponsored by Britvic Soft Drinks, Budweiser Brewing Group UK&I, Carlsberg Marston’s Brewing Company, Coca-Cola Europacific Partners, Heineken UK, illy Coffee, Kopparberg, Moët Hennessey, Molson Coors Beverage Company, Poppleston Allen and Sky Business.

Take a look at the pictures below to see if you were snapped on the night.

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Plenty of mingling during dining

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Networking opportunity

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Arrivals are right on time

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Many a game of air hockey was enjoyed

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Laughs aplenty were order of the day

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The drinks area was close to capacity

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Lots of chat while waiting for the awards to take place

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Another chance to get to know each other

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What a grand spectacle

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Man of the moment - host and comedian Tom Allen

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Cheers lads

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No need to be a square with some of the drinks on offer 

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Reach for the stars

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This guy's got the moves like Jagger

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Some of the sector greats were suited up

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