These awards have been organised jointly by PubAid and the All-Party Parliamentary Beer Group (APPBG), with sponsorship from the drinks company Matthew Clark. PubAid is a trade body, set up to promote pubs as a force for good in their communities and highlighting that every year (when they can) pubs raise over £100 million for charities and £40 million for grassroots sport. The awards, formerly the Charity Pub of the Year, are in their third year and this time have taken on a different focus.
Pubs could nominate themselves or be nominated by their MP and there were 115 entries in all. The judges used criteria such as providing vital supplies for residents, cooking hot meals for the vulnerable or easing social isolation to reduce this to a shortlist of ten. The winner will be announced later in the spring.
There was one London pub on the shortlist, the Angel & Crown, a Fuller’s house in Richmond. Their nomination was as follows, ‘The team at this Fuller’s pub, led by licensee Nick Botting, jumped into action as soon as lockdown was announced, providing hot food and drinks, clothing and toiletries to anyone in need, as well as pairing with local homeless organisation SPEAR to help find accommodation for people. At the height of the first lockdown, they were serving up to 70 people a day, initially funded by Nick but, as demand grew, local residents stepped up to continue the service. In total, the Angel & Crown served 5,000 hot meals, 6,000 cups of tea and 7,000 bottles of water to local people in need. We wish them every success’.
For details see https://whatpub.com/pubs/HOU/6767/angel-crown-richmond.