A pub with a social conscience is celebrating after being named the UK’s best boozer.
The Eagle & Child, in the market town of Ramsbottom in Lancashire, was crowned John Smith’s Great British Pub Of The Year 2017 beating stiff competition from across the UK.
Run by licensee Glen Duckett, the Eagle & Child serves the local community with more than just quality food and beer.
The Eagle & Child in Ramsbottom, Lancashire, impressed judges with its commitment to social enterprise
The pub impressed judges with its commitment to social enterprise: giving opportunities for disadvantaged young people in the community to learn new skills and enjoy a fresh start.
Duckett took on the Eagle & Child six years ago but has turned the once a run-down boozer into a thriving business, community hub and second chance for many young people.
His efforts have helped more than 100 people – from young offenders to disabled youths – with more than 75 percent progressing onto a career in hospitality.
Bristol’s Eastfield Inn was named Family Pub Of The Year
Youngsters aged between 14 and 25 from local colleges are retrained and employed with a view to taking a career in the food service, hospitality and horticultural sectors via social enterprise EAT Pennines.
Ed Bedington, editor of the Morning Advertiser which organises the awards, said: ‘The Eagle and Child is a great example of what can be achieved in the modern pub trade.
‘This is not only a first rate operation, with a great food and drink offer in stylish surroundings, this is a pub that is truly giving back to the community.
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‘We talk about pubs being part of the fabric of the communities within which they operate, and this couldn’t be truer for Glen’s business.
‘We created the awards to provide recognition for operators that are going above and beyond in the pub sector, and Glen is a worthy holder of the title of Great British Pub of the Year. Congratulations to him and his team.’
The Great British Pub Awards have been running for 17 years with pubs from across the UK compete for awards across 17 categories, with one winner going on to be selected as the overall Great British Pub of the Year.
Pubs are judged across a number of stages, with industry experts helping to whittle down the field to six finalists in each category, followed by site visits and a final panel interview grilling to finish.
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Glenn said: ‘I’m absolutely in awe. To pick up Best Partnership Pub and then Best Pub overall is just amazing. I’m totally overwhelmed.
‘We won the award I was expecting to win but this has totally caught me by surprise. We really weren’t expecting it.
‘I’m elated by what we have done and how we push young people to make themselves as employable as possible.’
Meanwhile other pubs up and down the country were also celebrating with Temple Brew House in London scooping Beer Pub Of The Year, Bristol’s Eastfield Inn named as Family Pub Of The Year and the Pub Garden Of The Year award going to The Waterside Inn in Ware, Hertfordshire.
JOHN SMITH’S GREAT BRITISH PUB AWARDS 2017
Overall John Smith’s Great British Pub Of The Year
Beer Pub/Bar Of The Year
Cider Pub/Bar Of The Year
Community Pub Of The Year
Family Pub Of The Year
Food Pub Of The Year
Free House Of The Year
Inn Of the Year
Live Entertainment Pub Of The Year
Best Managed Pub Of The Year
Newcomer Of The Year
Partnership Pub Of The Year
Spirits Bar/Pub Of The Year
Pub Garden Of The Year
Sports Pub Of The Year
Student Pub Of The Year
Turnaround Pub Of The Year
Wine Pub/Bar Of The Year
Eagle & Child, Ramsbottom, Lancashire
Temple Brew House, London
The Crown Inn, Woolhope, Hereford
The Chandos Arms, London
The Eastfield Inn, Bristol
The Compasses Inn, Canterbury, Kent
The Roebuck Inn, East Sussex
The White Horse, Chichester
Rendezvous, Weymouth, Dorset
The Coach & Four, Cheshire
The Firehouse Somerset, Somerset
Eagle & Child, Lancashire
Pleased To Meet You, Newcastle
The Waterside Inn, Hertfordshire
Famous Three Kings, London
Rumba, Macclesfield, Cheshire
The Inn West End, Woking, Surrey