Shakespeare in the (pub) Garden

“See Shakespeare as the Bard intended: live, interactive and in the pub garden.”

For two wonderful months this summer a number of Fuller’s pubs will be hosting two of Shakespeare’s best loved comedies in the glorious setting of their beautiful beer gardens.

A total of 42 performances of Much Ado About Nothing and A Midsummer Night’s Dream will take place across 30 pubs, from London to Bath, between the 12th July & 15th September.

Back by popular demand, this is the forth year that the Fuller’s tour has taken place, in association with pub theatre company Open Bar. You can see one of last year’s fantastic performances in the video below.

Early-bird tickets are now on sale for the bargain price of £13.50 for a limited time only. So get ’em while they’re hot!

Click here to find your nearest venue.

Venues and Dates

12th/13th July: The Plough Inn, Ealing

16th/17th/18th July: The Castle, Harrow

19th July: The Gun, Docklands

21st July: The Turks Head, Twickenham

24th July: The Prince Albert, Twickenham

25th July: The Queens Head, Dorking

26th July: The Mayfly, Fullerton

27th July: The Cromwell Arms, Romsey

28th July: The Fox and Hounds, Lyndhurst

31st July: The Hinds Head, Aldermaston

1st August: The Half Moon, Herne Hill

2nd August: The George IV, Chiswick

31st July/1st August: The Pilot, Greenwich

2nd August: The Oak Inn, Lyndhurst 

4th August: The King & Queen, Caterham 

7th August: The Frog & Wicket, Hook  

8th August: The Calleva Arms, Silchester 

9th August: Drayton Court, Ealing   

10th August: The Red Lion, Chalton 

12th August: The King’s Head, Wickham 

14th/15th August: The White Buck Inn, Burley   

16th/17th August: The Mill, Elstead  

18th August: The Links Tavern, Liphook 

19th August: The Boater, Bath  

25th August: Fuller’s Brewery, Chiswick

28th August: The Jolly Farmer, Alton  

29th/30th/31st August: The Rose and Crown, Ealing

5th September: The Anglers, Teddington

6th/7th/8th September: The Red Lion, Barnes

13th/14th/15th September: The Duke of Kent, Ealing


John Smith’s Great British Pub Awards 2018

The John Smith’s Great British Pub Awards are back and entries are now open to those who think they have what it takes to be crowned the best pubs and bars in the UK.

The awards are organised by The Morning Advertiser and supported by a number of big name sponsors including Sky, Diageo GB, and Booker Wholesale. There is a choice of 17 categories to enter, ranging from Best Freehouse to Best Live Entertainment Pub. There is also the brand new category of Best LGBTQ+ Bar/Pub.

Entries can be made online, closing on the 18th May. From there, expert judges will create a longlist, then shortlist of pubs and bars, before selecting a winner in each category. Each of these winners then has a chance to go onto be named the John Smith’s Great British Pub of the Year.

Speaking about the impact the awards can have on a business, Glen Duckett, licensee of last year’s Great British Pub of the Year winner, told The Morning Advertiser:

“One of the most important things about winning was for staff morale – it gets all of the staff feeling really good, which is dead important. It’s also really good national exposure, which in turn boosts footfall.”

If you think your local has the makings of a champion you can get some tips from Ed Bedington, editor of The Morning Advertiser, on how to write a winning entry. You can also check out last year’s winners to see what is required to scoop a top prize.

So, what are you waiting for? Submit your entry now!

The categories include:

  • Best Beer Bar/Pub
  • Best Cider Bar/Pub
  • Best Community Pub
  • Best Family Pub
  • Best Food Pub
  • Best Freehouse
  • Best Inn
  • Best Live Entertainment Pub
  • Best Managed Pub
  • Best Newcomer
  • Best Partnership Pub
  • Best Pub Garden
  • Best Spirits Bar/Pub
  • Best Sports Pub
  • Best LGBTQ+ Bar/Pub
  • Best Turnaround Pub
  • Best Wine Bar/Pub

And to really get you in the spirit, take a look at all the action from last year’s awards ceremony:

This time it could be you standing up there.

Good luck!


Setting-up Pint Perfection on your iPhone

Below is a step-by-step guide on how to sign-in to Pint Perfection, and save a link to your iPhone’s home screen so you’re able to access it quickly and easily during pub visits.

  1. Go to
  2. Sign-up/sign-in to your account
  3. Save the link to your phone’s home screen

Step 1: Load the Safari browser of your iPhone and visit (you must be sure to access the website via your Safari browser so you are able to save Pint Perfection to your home screen later).

Step 2: Sign-in to your Pint Perfection account using your Heineken UK approved email address. If you don’t already have an account, click ‘Not a member yet?‘ and sign-up using your HUK approved email address.

If you’ve forgotten your password, simply click on ‘Forgotten password‘ and we’ll get you sorted.

Step 3: Once you have signed in to your account, click on the ‘share’ icon at the bottom of your screen. Once the share options appear, scroll along and select ‘Add to Home Screen’. This will add the Pint Perfection icon to your home screen, making it super easy to access whenever you’re out and about.

If you have any comments or questions then please do get in touch and let us know. Every score really does make a difference.

BII Licensee of the Year Awards 2018

A pub can only be as good as the people running it. And if anyone can spot a well-run boozer, it’s the British Institute of Inn-keeping. They have trawled the country to find those publicans who go above and beyond to make their establishment the best it can possibly be – and they have just announced their 12 semi-finalists.

Each of the 12 pubs will now have a visit and interview from the BII judges, with 6 finalists being invited to the final judging day in London on Monday 4th June 2018. They’ll be treated to an overnight stay, courtesy of award sponsors Sky, and also receive a trophy to recognise their achievements.

Finally, at an event on Tuesday 5th June, one lucky licensee is crowned the best of 2018 – exciting stuff! Below you can check out all the hopefuls and their fabulous venues.

Licensee of the Year 2018 – Semi-finalists

Kim Barker – The Ship Inn – St Austell

Daniel Da Costa – St Christopher’s Inn – Southwark

Lee & Keris de Villiers – The Pig & Whistle – Wandsworth

Marc Duvauchelle – The Old Customs House – Portsmouth

Mark Holden & Justin Barnett – The Victoria Inn – Truro

Simon Mills – The Harvester – Long Itchington

Christopher Norfolk – The Elm Tree – Elmton

Mark Shaw – The Castle Inn – Castle Donnington

Jessica Stanton & Russ Matterson – The Halfway House Pub & Kitchen – Polbathic

Mark & Penny Thornhill – The King’s Head – Hursley

Rachel Watson – The George IV – Chiswick

Alex & Tanya Williams – Polgooth Inn – St Austell

Prizes for the overall winner include:

  • Two tickets and accommodation for the finalists to attend a Summer Event where the winner is crowned
  • A year’s Sky Sports Commercial Pub and Club subscription for their pub
  • Study trip with accommodation for two in Amsterdam (courtesy of Heineken)
  • Up to £500 towards a party for staff of the winning pub to celebrate
  • Lifetime membership of the BII

National Pub & Bar Awards 2018 – County Winners

Do you know which pub is the best in your county? Well, allow us to enlighten you. Because Pub & Bar Magazine have announced the county winners of their national award scheme, with 94 establishments up and down the UK being honoured.

Having been selected based on overall best practice across a number of operational categories, winners will now be invited to a red-carpet bash at the swanky BAFTA venue to celebrate their achievements. There will also be awards for 15 regional winners, as well as the accolade of overall Pub of the Year 2018 – which is a rather impressive title to possess, we must say.

Speaking about the awards, Tristan O’Hana, editor of Pub & Bar magazine, said, “This positive, industry-boosting news comes at a time when closures of pubs and bars are too often focused on in the press. The sole purpose of the National Pub & Bar Awards is to tell as many people as possible about the incredible businesses that these County Winners are running. With 94 triumphant pubs on the winners list, chances are that every person in the UK will have an award-winning pub near them. Get out there and see these places for yourselves!”

If you would like visit the winner of your county – or any county for that matter – you can find the full list of recipients, here.

Congratulations to all!