Celebrating success of our pubs


The Grey Mare, Lancashire, has been named our Pub of the Year in our annual Hospitality Awards.

Hosted by North Lakes Hotel & Spa, a celebration event crowned the winners following several weeks of judging by people from across Thwaites, along with our sponsors.

They used the company’s four principles of warm hospitality, eye for quality, innovation and craftsmanship to decide the winners.

The Grey Mare, in Belthorn, won the title of Pub of the Year. Andrew Buchanan, Director of Pubs and Brewing, said: “The pub oozes a sense of everything being done incredibly well – from the presentation and warm welcome when you arrive through to the friendliness of the staff and the quality of the food and drink. When you leave you want to return.”

The pub also took home the award for Best Investment of the year, following a major refurbishment earlier this year. Around £100,000 has been invested and the new look pub opened in February – and has been so successful that the pub has extended its opening hours due to popular demand and is now open during the daytime.

Rebecca Prince, who runs the Grey Mare with husband Stephen, said: “Everyone back at the pub has been made up for us and said it was well deserved. We are really overwhelmed with it all.”

The other winners were:

  • Best Business Builder – Black Dog Oswaldtwistle
  • Best Pub Food – The Winterburn, Warley
  • Best Newcomer – Druid Inn, Gorsedd
  • Best Pint – The Three Tuns, Sutton Coldfield
  • Premium Pub Food – Hare & Hounds, Todmorden
  • Community Hero – The Bush Pub, Droylsden
  • Pub Team of the Year – Shippons, Irby
  • Sporting Superstar – Queens, Fleetwood
  • Warmest Hospitality – The Game Cock Inn, Austwick