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4th November 2022

The Royal Oak in Radcliffe-on-Trent shortlisted for Business of the Year award

Located on Radcliffe-on-Trent’s Main Road, The Royal Oak, which is seen as a pillar of the local community, has been shortlisted for the Business of the Year category at the 2022 Celebrating Rushcliffe Awards.

The pub run by Operator Chris Farman and his bar team has enjoyed another successful year within the Borough, with a range of fantastic events held for their guests to enjoy including their popular monthly village markets, live music from local musicians every Saturday and weekly Thursday pub quiz nights.

Wanting to make sure that the pub stays an integral part of the local community, Chris has been working hard to create a safe space for families and individuals to enjoy, with a range of activities for both adults and children, recently putting on a free Halloween trail for local children.

Speaking on the award shortlisting Chris said “It’s an honour and a true testament to the hard work that the team have put in over the past 12 months to be nominated for this fantastic award. We love being right at the heart of the local community and both myself and the team behind the bar here at The Royal Oak have loved getting to know all of our regulars. The 24th will be a great opportunity to meet so many other influential people, who work across a range of different sectors here in the Borough of Rushcliffe.”

Next month The Royal Oak is playing host to RadCooks Community Kitchen, which will be holding a volunteer appreciation night for the dedicated efforts to feed the less fortunate in the local area.

The local council awards are held to celebrate the Borough of Rushcliffe’s fantastic range of volunteers, businesses, environmentalists, and organisations as well as its health and wellbeing, food and drink and local enterprises that are doing great work within the local area. Other categories at the awards night include The Pride of Rushcliffe Award, Volunteer of the Year, Community Group of the Year and Environmental Project or Group.

In total over 30 businesses and individuals have been shortlisted for the Celebrating Rushcliffe Awards, with the nominees set to gather on Thursday November 24 at Rushcliffe Arena, for an evening of festivity and to announce the winners of each category.

Nick Andrews, Managing Director of Stonegate Group said: “We are delighted to hear that Christopher and his team have been shortlisted for this prestigious award within the local borough. It is a fantastic achievement for a pub that goes above and beyond to deliver an amazing experience to its guests. Within Stonegate Group our pubs are very much at the heart of their communities, and there is no better example of that than at The Royal Oak.”

Find out more about the events at The Royal Oak by visiting their website and social media pages –



About Stonegate Group

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

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


  • BII’s National Innovation in Training Awards (NITAs): HR Manager of the Year (Jemelle Bish), Best Apprenticeship Training Programme (ATOP)
  • Publican Awards – Best Community Operator (Craft Union Pub Company)
  • Great British Pub Awards – Stonegate Group Pub Partners’ Pub of the Year, Best Pub to Watch Sport, Community Hero


  • Licensed Trade Charity Awards   raising awareness through fundraising
  • Great British Pub Awards – Stonegate Group Pub Partners’ Pub of the Year, Best Pub to Watch Sport
  • MCA Retailers’ Retailer Awards – The Hero Award (Suzanne Baker)


  • Great British Pub Awards – Feeding the Community, Community Mindfulness & Ei Publican Partnerships Pub of the Year
  • REBA Employee Wellbeing Awards – Best New Wellbeing Strategy (5000+ staff)
  • Publican Awards – Best Pub Employer (501+ employees)
  • Publican Awards – Best Community Operator (Craft Union Pub Company)


  • BII’s National Innovation in Training Awards (NITAs): HR Manager of the Year, Lee Woolley (2019); Best Managed Company for Training; Lifetime Achievement Award for Chairman, Ian Payne (2016)
  • CGA Insight Hero and Icon Awards (two awards): Icon Award   Ian Payne MBE, Business Leader, Simon Longbottom (2019)
  • UK Hospitality’s Dusk ‘til Dawn Late Night Awards (two awards) – Icon Award (Ian Payne MBE), Best Marketing and Promotions Award (2019);  Best Service & Team (2018)
  • Great British Pub Awards – Best LGBTQ+ Pub (2019); Best LGBTQ+ and Best Sports Pub (2018); Best Pub Garden, Best Entertainment and Best Sports Pub (2017); Best Sports Pub (2016);
  • BII Scotland Awards   Best Operator for Training (2019)
  • Retailers’ Retailer of the Year (two awards): Lifetime Achievement Award, Ian Payne MBE;  Investor of the Year   TDR Capital (2019); Investor of the Year: TDR Capital (2017)
  • Menu Innovation & Development Awards (MIDAS) (two awards): Best Menu, Premium High Street Pub: Slug & Lettuce; Best Menu, Town & City Pub: Walkabout (2019);  Premium High Street Pub: Town Pub & Kitchen (2017); Best New Concept:  Missoula, Montana Bar & Grill (2014); City and Bar Dining: Slug and Lettuce (2013)
  • Publican Awards (five awards): Best Community Pub Operator, Best Pub Employer (501+ employees), Best Managed Pub Company (51+ sites), Best Drinks Offer, Business Leader of the Year   Chief Executive, Simon Longbottom (2019); Best Late Night Operator (2018); Best Managed Pub Company; Best Late Night Operator, plus highly commended   Best Employer 501+ employees (2017);  Business Leader of the Year, Chairman Ian Payne (2014); Best Pub Employer 51+ sites (2013)
  • British Beer & Pub Association (BBPA)   Chairman’s Award (2018)
  • Licensed Trade Charity: Outstanding Corporate Contribution Award (2018)
  • APPBG PUBAID Corporate Charity Fundraiser Award (2018)
  • Scottish Training Federation: Best Large Employer  (2016)
  • HR Excellence Awards: Best Learning and Development Strategy (2016)
  • HR Distinction Awards: Innovation for Digital & Social Media (2016); People Development (2015); Innovative Use of Technology (2014)

Press release from Leisure PR.

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