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Butcombe Pubs & Inns wins big at Publican Awards

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1 April 2022

Bristol-based Butcombe Pubs & Inns, owned by Liberation Group since 2015, scooped a trio of prestigious awards at this week's Publican Awards.

The brewery and pub group, with an estate spanning the south west, took home titles of Best Accommodation Operator, Best Premium Food Offer and Best Managed Pub Company (+51 sites).

The evening was hosted by Top Gear presenter Paddy McGuinness at Evolution London.

Jayson Perfect, Group Managing Director, Pubs & Inns, Liberation Group said: “It’s absolutely amazing, the team has worked extremely hard over the past couple of years.  Walking away with three awards that we work so passionately hard for on a daily basis is phenomenal.

The Publican Awards 2022 – Liberation Group“Winning these prestigious accolades is such an honour and pays testament to the hard work and dedication of everyone in the business - from the teams at our pubs, head offices, breweries and distribution centres.  Hopefully our success will shine a light on this fabulous industry and the incredible career paths we offer, encouraging those with a passion for people and hospitality to give it a try.”

For 30 years the Publican Awards has recognised excellence in the pub and bar trade, celebrating the industry's very best.  Considered to be the Oscars of the hospitality industry, this year’s awards were fiercely contested and Liberation Group fought off stiff competition from some of the UK's best operators.

Alice Bowyer, Head of Food, Liberation Group added: “We’re very proud of the innovation we’ve shown despite all the challenges we’ve faced in the past couple of years.  Our teams work tirelessly to create dishes that embody what we, as a company, are all about – quality, taste and bringing people together.”

The Publican Awards’ judging process remains one of the most comprehensive, rigorous and reputable in the industry, ensuring that the competition remains the most respected in the pub trade as well as guaranteeing that all awards are given fairly and deservedly.

Ed Bedington, Judge, The Publican Awards says: “The team at Liberation Group has done an amazing job across a range of categories and that’s reflected in their success. The Publican Awards are tough to win, both in the competition from other businesses and in the judging process itself.  Liberation Group should be rightly proud of their achievements and celebrate that success with its teams and customers.”


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Nicky Godding is editor of The Business Magazine. Before her journalism career, she worked mainly in public relations moving into writing when she was invited to launch Retail Watch, a publication covering retail and real estate across Europe.

After some years of constant travelling, she tucked away her passport and concentrated on business writing, co-founding a successful regional business magazine. She has interviewed some of the UK’s most successful entrepreneurs who have built multi-million-pound businesses and reported on many science and technology firsts.

She reports on the region’s thriving business economy from start-ups, family businesses and multi-million-pound corporations, to the professionals that support their growth and the institutions that educate the next generation of business leaders.

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