The four pubs which have been nominated (Image: Google Maps)
Four south east London and Dartford pubs are battling it out in different categories to be crowned the best of the best when it comes to hospitality venues.
The Great British Pub Awards 2023 is set for September 19 at Victoria Warehouse, Manchester, and is promising more than just an award ceremony.
Featuring interactive masterclasses, cook-offs and a plethora of food and drink offerings, it aims to provide a unique experience alongside the eagerly anticipated awards ceremony.
Dozens of pubs across Britain will fight for the title of ‘Britain’s best’, with a record-breaking competition field resulting in a shortlist of 97 finalists.
There are a number of categories that these venues can take the title for and we are seeing some of south east London and Dartford’s best amongst the line up.
Here are the venues from our area and the categories they are competing in.
Best City/Urban Pub – Sponsored by Molson Coors
Best Pub for Entertainment
This 180-year-old pub in Bexleyheath hosts unique events such cinema sessions on the roof terrace that you can watch whilst tucking into a stunning Sunday roast.
The much-loved local is popular for its great range of drinks, fresh food and regular live music.
Now the Bexley-based pub is hoping to add two trophies to the bar shelves as it takes on pubs across the country.
Pete, owner of the pub, said that he believes customers repeatedly return to the pub for their stunning food and cocktails – with the menu rotating each season while still keeping the fan favourites all year round.
Another thing that drives customers is their events which include the Wednesday quiz and live music on Fridays and Saturdays.
Pete explained that this “is just the tip of the iceberg” as a variety of events run throughout the year too, such as comedy and bingo.
Best Pub to Watch Sport
This venue serves fresh food and 12 draft beers and ciders, all while showcasing live sports and hosting late-night events on 24 large screen TVs.
Though renowned for its sports, it’s no one-trick pony, offering a wealth of weekly events to suit varied tastes.
Open seven days a week, it’s the top choice in town for a freshly prepared lunch or dinner.
This dog-friendly pub guarantees an exceptional experience for watching sports, hence booking is encouraged.
From re-branded ticket options to different table selections, customers can tailor their visit on their preferred day.
Greene King Pub of the Year
The Guy Earl of Warwick is known for its warm, inviting atmosphere created by operators Ray Irwin, 46, and Bonnie Tarleton, 29, the venue caters to daily catch-ups, game-watching, or special family lunches.
With a comfortable inside capacity of 200 seats and an additional 150 in the garden, there is room for everyone.
Features like two darts boards and a separate games room with a pool table add to the allure of the place.
Under Greene King’s ownership, this local haunt is projected to continue as a cherished gathering space.
Punch Pub of the Year
The Dog House pub is a quirky corner spot near Kennington Cross offers a robust ale selection from behind its horseshoe bar.
It has dark wood decor and terrace tables and the ambiance invokes a cosy, lively atmosphere, inviting patrons to enjoy their pint and engage in conversation.
It’s also host to a Supper Club with a set-price menu of seasonally inspired dishes and when two dine, there’s a £10 discount on a bottle of wine.
Its unique position near the Oval Cricket Ground makes it a favoured spot.
Who do you want to see win?