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27/03/2009

Mitchells & Butlers pubs commended in Observer Food Monthly Awards

Four pubs operated by Mitchells & Butlers have been commended in the prestigious Observer Food Monthly Awards this week.

Commended as a runner up in the Best Bar category was: the Philharmonic in Liverpool; Bacchus in Birmingham City Centre; the Fighting Cocks in Moseley, Birmingham; and the Crown in Belfast.

The awards, now in their sixth year, celebrate the best in food and drink across the UK.  The judging panel included: Alex James, cheese maker; Sheherazade Goldsmith, columnist and environmental campaigner; Tom Parker-Bowles, food writer; Ruth Rogers, owner, the River Café; Jay Rayner, Observer food critic; and Nicola Jeal, editor of Observer Food Monthly and Chair of the judging panel.

Comments from the judges included:           

Philharmonic: "This huge ornate pub is Grade I listed - grab a drink, then visit the grand marble urinals."

Fighting Cocks: "Fab old boozer with all the usual goodies, plus a range of fruit and wheat beers."

Bacchus: "Opulent, gothic basement bar with a good wine list."

Crown: "With its gold ceiling and mosaic floor, this bar is worth a visit for the decor alone."

Mike Bramley, Managing Director (Pubs & Bars) at Mitchells & Butlers, commented:  "For these pubs to be recognised at a national level by such a prestigious Awards and its judging panel is a fine achievement and testament to the fantastic offer and service provided by our pub teams."

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