BII Licensee of the Year Award 2021

This year marks 40 years of the British Institute of Innkeeping helping inspire, develop and support businesses within the hospitality industry.

Celebrating with them, on the 23rd of November at next month’s Winter Event, will be the 6 finalists of 2021’s Licensee of the Year, as they take this opportunity to announce this year’s winner. Sponsored by Sky, the Licensee of the Year competition is widely regarded as the most prestigious and hard-fought award for individual licensee operators in the UK.

A full list of this year’s finalists and their fantastic pubs can be found here, on Useyourlocal’s “Discover more” section. But, for more information on the Licensee of the Year award, their sponsors and this year’s team of judges, please head over to the BII website.

The Finalists

  • Tom and James – The White Hart, Welwyn.

Dating back to 1681 as Welwyn’s main coaching inn, The White Hart now offers varied menus using quality ingredients, real ales, an extensive gin range, cocktails & an exciting wine list too.

  • Stephen and Rebecca – The Grey Mare, Belthorn.

One of the highest pubs in England, The Grey Mare is an award-winning traditional country pub, where you can enjoy spectacular panoramic views, exceptional food and some of the North West’s finest real ales.

  • Matt and Ellie – The White Lion, Wrightington.

Passionate about food and their immaculately kept Cask Marque accredited cellar, there is a little something for everyone at The White Lion.

  • Mick and Sarah – The Alexandra, Wimbledon.

The Alexandra is a community pub located in the heart of Wimbledon, delighting their customers with an exceptional range of premium wines, spirits, ales and British seasonal food.

  • Colum and Anne-Marie – The Greyhound Hotel, Carshalton.

Steeped in local heritage and with beautiful views over the Carshalton Ponds, The Greyhound Hotel is a friendly pub and hotel focusing on bringing its customers the best of British seasonal food.

Perfectly located a mile from the beach at Rock, The Pityme Inn is passionate about locally sourced produce and works closely with local suppliers to bring the best of Cornwall to your plate and glass.

A huge well done and congratulations to all 6 finalists for getting this far, and to all of those that entered, as the BII have said that this year’s entries have been of a particularly high standard, making the decision from their judging panel even more difficult.

Best of luck!