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28th June 2024

Stonegate Group Pubs Makes Finals of Great British Pub Awards 2024

Six exceptional Stonegate Group pubs have reached the finals of the prestigious 2024 Great British Pub Awards (GBPAs).

With hundreds of pubs competing from all over the UK, making it to the finals is a testament to the outstanding quality and service our venues provide. The shortlisted pubs, recognised after two rigorous rounds of judging by industry experts, are:

  • Two Brewers, Clapham – Best Pub for Entertainment
  • Myrtle Tavern, Leeds – Best Pub Garden
  • The Woodman, Ruislip – Best Pub Garden
  • Clubhouse 5, Leicester Square – Best Pub to Watch Sport
  • Cross Keys, Hull – Best Pub to Watch Sport
  • Royal Oak, Radcliffe – Community Pub of The Year

Additionally, our standout Leased & Tenanted sites have been nominated for the Stonegate Pub Partners Pub of the Year Award:

  • The Woodman, Ruislip
  • The Newtown Pippin, Bracknell
  • The Crown & Anchor, Manchester
  • The Pack Horse, Hayfield
  • The Gloucester Old Spot, Bristol
  • Danish Invader, Stamford

The Great British Pub Awards celebrate the crème de la crème of the pub industry, recognising unparalleled excellence in various categories. This year’s awards saw an overwhelming number of entries, with finalists chosen through a meticulous four-step judging process. This ensures that only the highest standard of pubs make the finals.

Our finalists have excelled in categories including Community Pub of the Year, Best Pub for Entertainment, Best Pub Garden and Best Pub to Watch Sport. Their success reflects their unwavering commitment to quality, from initial shortlisting to impressive site visits and in-depth interviews.

One of our finalists, Royal Oak in Radcliffe, is vying for the title of Community Pub of the Year. Chris, General Manager at Royal Oak, said: “We’re absolutely thrilled and humbled to be a finalist for Community Pub of the Year. This achievement is a testament to the hard work of my team and the unwavering support of our community. Winning this award would be a victory for all of us.”

Gareth Cotton, Regional Manager for Stonegate Group, praised Chris and his team. He said: “I’m incredibly proud of what Chris and his team have achieved at the Royal Oak. They exemplify true leadership and dedication in the industry.”

Another standout, Myrtle Tavern in Leeds, is a finalist for Best Pub Garden. Scott, from Myrtle Tavern, said: “We are over the moon and so grateful to be recognised as finalists. Our garden, which took 12 months of hard work to perfect, is a sanctuary for our customers, complete with a pond, water features, lodge, marquee, seating for 400 people and an enchanted forest trail.”

The winners of the Great British Pub Awards will be unveiled on Tuesday 17th September at the Victoria Warehouse in Manchester. The event promises to be a glittering evening, celebrating the exceptional achievements of the very best in the pub industry.

For more information and to see the full list of finalists go to



About Stonegate Group

Stonegate Group is the largest pub company in the UK.  Its portfolio is comprised of over 4,500 sites, split across managed, operator led and leased and tenanted businesses.

The managed pubs division, which employs just under 16,000 people, is split into Branded and Traditional pubs. Branded is comprised of: Slug & Lettuce, Popworld, Be At One and the Venues division. Traditional (unbranded) pubs are made up of: Proper Pubs, Pub & Dining and Social Pub & Kitchen.

To date, over 12,000 employees have engaged with the various training programmes Stonegate Group offer, with over 600 Deputy Managers across the estate having been promoted to management roles.

The leased and tenanted estate, Stonegate Pub Partners, is made up of over 3,000 diverse sites whilst operator led Craft Union is currently made up of over 500 community pubs.

The business is multi award-winning for the training and development of its people and business success including:

BII’s National Innovation in Training Awards (NITAs): HR Manager of the Year, multiple times; Best Apprenticeship Training Programme (ATOP). Best Managed Company for Training.

REBA Employee Wellbeing Awards – Best New Wellbeing Strategy (5000+ staff);

Publican Awards – Best Pub Employer (501+ employees) multiple times; Best Community Operator (Craft Union Pub Company) multiple times; Best Managed Pub Company multiple times.

Great British Pub Awards – Best LGBTQ+ operator multiple times; Best Sports Pub multiple times; Best Pub Garden, Best Entertainment; Best pub to watch sport;  Community Mindfulness

Licensed Trade Charity Awards   raising awareness through fundraising

UK Hospitality’s Dusk ‘til Dawn Late Night Awards Best Marketing and Promotions Award; Best Service & Team; Best late Night Operator

HR Excellence Awards: Best Learning and Development Strategy

HR Distinction Awards: Innovation for Digital & Social Media; People Development; Innovative Use of Technology

And awards for charity contribution  including  Licensed Trade Charity: Outstanding Corporate Contribution Award; APPBG PUBAID Corporate Charity Fundraiser Award 

Contact: Sophie Barkley

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