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27/03/2008

Mitchells & Butlers toast community pubs

Mitchells & Butlers hosted its annual Heart of the Community Pub of the Year Awards, with eight pubs being crowned as outstanding in terms of community sprit and activity.

Mitchells & Butlers, the UK's leading operator of managed pubs, with some 2,000 businesses across the country, launched the awards to recognise the pubs which have been active and supportive members of their local communities over the past 12 months.

A total of £25,000 in prize money is donated by Mitchells & Butlers through the awards scheme, which helps its pubs to support a number of different local and national charities. 

The award judges were looking for those pubs that are actively involved in their local area, create a sense of community spirit and illustrate how their pub stands out at the heart of the community.

The Anderton Arms, Fulwood (Ember Inns) scooped the National Heart of the Community Pub of the Year Award, as well as regional winner for the North West, and received £11,000 for the pub's chosen charities. Jenni Muirhead, Manager for the Anderton Arms said, ""This is fantastic, we're so pleased to have won. It shows that the effort we put into our community work is really appreciated."

The judges were so impressed with the standards of community activity across the whole Mitchells & Butlers' estate, they named four pubs as runners up.  As the pubs were also regional winners, they all received a £3,000 charity donation.  The runners up are the Beech Tree, Bromley (regional winner for the South East); the Four In Hand, Hull (joint winner for the North East); the Old Lane, Chippenham (South West winner) and the Three Magpies, Rotherham (joint winner for the North East.

An additional three pubs won regional awards and all scooped a £1,000 donation for their chosen charity. 

Scotland:          Old Smiddy, Glasgow (Community pubs)

Midlands:          Journey's End, Yardley (Sizzling Pub Co)

Wales:             Nine Giants, Cardiff (Sizzling Pub Co)

Mike Bramley, Managing Director Pubs & Bars, who presented the awards said, "Over the last twelve months, our pubs have helped raise thousand of pounds for charity and made a real difference in their local communities.

"The awards give us the opportunity to celebrate the role of the pub and recognise how their part in maintaining Mitchells & Butlers reputation as a responsible community operator."

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