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01/04/2009

Mitchells & Butlers rewards pubs at the heart of the community

The Anderton Arms (Ember Inn) in Fulwood, Lancashire and the Beech Tree (Sizzling Pub Co.) in Bromley have been crowned joint winners of the Mitchells & Butlers Heart of the Community Pub of the Year.

The annual Heart of the Community Pub of the Year Awards, organised by Mitchells & Butlers, recognise the pubs from the Company's national portfolio, who make an outstanding contribution to their local area and are the very best community pub operators.

The award judges honoured the Anderton Arms and the Beech Tree for their established community activities and for constantly looking for ways to drive their fundraising efforts. The pubs were presented with their awards by managing director, Mike Bramley and each received £8,500 to donate to the charity of their choice.

Mike Bramley comments: "The awards enable us to celebrate the community role of the pub and highlight how this work is part of the every day activities of our businesses. These efforts are important in maintaining Mitchells & Butlers reputation and showing the British pub continues to be the true home of safe, responsible and social drinking."

As well as awarding two national winners, the Four In Hand, Hull (Sizzling Pub Co) was named national runner up and accepted a donation of £3,000. A further four pubs were honoured with a regional award and each scooped a £1,000 prize, the Old Smiddy, Glasgow (Community), the Towers, Great Barr (Sizzling Pub Co.), the Old Manor, Weston Super Mare (Sizzling Pub Co.) and the Nine Giants, Cardiff (Sizzling Pub Co.).

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