Nearly 100 pubs and bars across the UK are celebrating ahead of the bank holiday weekend, after a selection of venues were named the best in their respective counties. From Clackmannanshire to Cornwall, 94 pubs and bars across England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland have scooped a prestigious county winner title as part of the 2022 National Pub & Bar Awards.
One Bristol harbourside pub has been shortlisted for the title of National Pub & Bar of the Year alongside six other South West hospitality venues. The Ostrich, located near Bathhurst Basin and Redcliffe Caves, has been selected for the award of best pub and bar alongside The Old King’s Head in Worle (Somerset), The Frogmill in Gloucestershire, The Thatched Tavern in Devon, The Bradley Hare in Wiltshire, The Pavilion Arms in Dorset and The Fox’s Revenge in Cornwall.
Established in 1745, The Ostrich was once a dockside inn where sailors, merchants and dock-workers once drank, however it now boasts a huge riverside beer garden and a heated teepee, as well as cosy interiors across two floors, plus a ‘Top Deck’ dining space and bar upstairs for private hire. Outside The Ostrich, you’ll find the Portside BBQ which serves up Americana-inspired street food to enjoy in their suntrap of a beer garden, and inside the pub you can enjoy classic pub grub accompanied by Butcombe beer, cocktails and an extensive rum menu.
The National Pub & Bar Awards aims to put exemplary on-trade businesses across the UK in the national spotlight, showcasing the hospitality industry’s diversity, creativity and vital importance to the UK economy.
The pubs, which have been selected on overall best practice across a number of operational categories, will be officially crowned at a red carpet celebration at 30 Euston Square on June 22. At the grand final, 15 regional winners will also be announced, as well as the esteemed accolade – the overall National Pub & Bar of the Year, which was won by Galvin Green Man in Essex in 2021.