Ei Group Awards for Excellence 2019

The Ei Group Awards have been created to recognise the outstanding publicans and operators in our estate, their highly committed teams, the pubs at the heart of their local communities as well as operational excellence across the Group. They provide us with the opportunity to celebrate the success of these outstanding people, learn from them and help and inspire other publicans to raise retail standards and business performance.

Entries for 2020 are now closed, for more information please visit our dedicated Awards for Excellence website.


Ei Group Pub of the Year Award 2019

Tap on Tower Street, Harrogate 

The Tap is an award winning wet led, modern community pub, having won best Retail Pub Partnership at the 2018 Great British Pub Awards.

The pub focusses on a relaxed atmosphere where if chillin' with a drink in your hand, a bag of bar snacks by your pint, a conversation to put the world to rights and a few unusual things to keep you amused, is your kind of vibe, then the Tower Street Tap is the place for you.

As our Best Drink Offer and Best Multiple Operator winners this year, Rob and Alison ensure exceptionally high standards at all of their sites. The bar at the Tap boasts 50 gins, 30 rums, 20 tequilas and mezcals, not to mention a full range of craft beers and local cask ales. They also provide freshly made pizza to order, fresh Asian noodles, Antipasta and local cheese all served from the bar to eat in or take away.

The Tap is a fantastic example of a pub that provides something for everyone, with knowledgeable staff, a fantastic drinks range, varied menu and even the choice of over 300 board games! We’re proud to have the pub as part of our estate and to name the Tap our 2019 Ei Group Pub of the Year. 

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Lifetime Achievement Award

Lion Brewery, Ash 

Mike will be celebrating his 39th anniversary at the Lion Brewery in August 2019 and has, during that time, put his heart and soul into running the pub.

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Lifetime Achievement Award Winner


Best Marketing Initiative

Kings Arms, Okehampton

Best Outdoor Area

Half Moon, Kirdford

Best Community Hub

The Lion Hotel, Treorchy

Best Drink Offer

Tap on Tower Street, Harrogate

Best Food Offer

Moody Cow, Ross-on-Wye

Best Newcomer

The London Tavern, Ringwood

Best Entertainment

Brickmakers, Norwich

Best Turnaround

Old Swan, Earls Barton

Best Sports Venue

Guildford Tup, Guildford