An 'amazing' Wiltshire pub has been nominated at the 2024 National Pub & Bar Awards.

Pubs and bars from across the entirety of the United Kingdom are celebrating after being named the best in their respective countries.

The award wins are part of the 2024 National Pub & Bar Awards, which each year crowns nearly 100 County Winners from England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland, giving each site a unique platform to promote themselves and increase guest footfall from locals and visitors alike.

These pioneering hospitality operators have demonstrated excellence across several elements that affect the customer journey, including design, service, style of offering, marketing and investment.

The best in the South West that will compete for the title of National Pub & Bar of the Year

  • Bristol, The All Inn
  • Cornwall, The Barley Sheaf, Gorran
  • Devon, Masons Arms
  • Dorset, The Pure Drop
  • Gloucestershire, The Bottle of Sauce
  • Somerset, The George Inn, Norton St. Philip
  • Wiltshire, The Methuen Arms

The Methuen Arms

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The Methuen Arms on Corsham High Street, managed by Butcombe Pubs & Inns, was recently ranked number 86 in a list of the top 100 gastropubs in the country.

The Methuen Arms’ general manager James Vincent said: “I am thrilled to see our pub recognised among the top 100 Gastropubs in the UK. 

“It's a testament to the hard work and dedication of our team, especially our talented kitchen who continually create exciting food for our community. 

“This achievement inspires us to keep pushing the boundaries of beautiful pub food and providing a memorable dining experience for our guests.”

Head chef Zac Henderson said being named on the “hugely respected” list was an “awesome achievement” for him and his team.

He added: “Stripped back, simple food full of flavour is what we are all about and I’m super excited to build on this success and to see what the future holds here at The Methuen Arms.”

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The venues now have over two months in which to trade off their win, before making their way to the National Pub & Bar Awards grand final on 26 June.

Held in London, the final will welcome all 94 County Winners to come together and celebrate their achievements, before discovering which venues will go on to become Regional Winners.

The awards night will also crown the Pub Group of the Year, Bar Group of the Year, The Tyrrells Tyrrellbly Good Taste Award – presented by the event’s headline sponsor – and, finally, the overall National Pub & Bar of the Year.

“The fact that we had record entries for the 2024 National Pub & Bar Awards tells us two things,” says Tristan O’Hana, editor of Pub & Bar magazine, which runs the event.

“One is how highly the industry regards these accolades, which is fantastic. But, also, it shows that more operators are in need of really positive and strong publicity to help drive business at the moment.

"Pubs and bars are facing some of the biggest challenges in recent history, so if the National Pub & Bar Awards can help by lifting sales across these venues, then we’re delighted to play our part.”

The National Pub & Bar Awards 2024 is sponsored by Tyrrells, ICRTouch, Kerrymaid, Panasonic, Santa Maria and Sky Business.