Last week was the biggest awards night of the year: our 2015 Pints & Pistachios Awards for best new pub
Back in June, we shortlisted 30 of the best new pubs in the UK and asked you to vote for your favourite. And you did vote, in your thousands.
The result was announced last week at a ceremony at Meantime’s Old Brewery in Greenwich. The shortlisted pubs were in attendance, our beer collaboration with Meantime, Fool’s Gold, was on tap, pistachios were in abundance and the tension mounted as the hosts, ShortList’s Martin Robinson and Howard Calvert, counted down the top 10 pubs.
Over the page you’ll find the final results in full, but if you’re shouting at the page “Tell us now ShortList, I don’t have time to turn the page”… all right, we’ll tell you – the winner was Temple Brew House in London.
The pub, which opened last autumn and features a microbrewery, celebrated the victory heartily at the ceremony. “We’re thrilled,” said the pub’s operations manager, Laura Carr. “We’re really proud of all the team after their hard work. Thanks to all those who voted for us. We rely on interaction with our customers, especially when it comes to telling us which beers they love.”
We also had a new award this year: Meantime’s Craft Beer Hero, given to a member of staff from a shortlisted pub for outstanding service to craft beer, won by Singer Tavern’s Michele Bove.
Take a gander at the following gallery as we count down the top 10 best new pubs, as voted for by you...
1. Temple Brew House, London
The victorious ale house near Aldwych claims it has three aims in life: “to make great beer, to enjoy making great beer and to bring everyone else along for the ride”. And we’re pleased to confirm it succeeds on all three. A must visit for beer lovers: 17 keg, six cask and its own microbrewery – Essex Street Brewery – on site.
46 Essex St, WC2
2. The Sun Tavern, London
Following an extensive overhaul last year, this east London pub focuses on
brews created nearby. Also features an extensive range of the Irish moonshine-esque poitin and an Irish whiskey map, featuring 57 whiskies from 11 distilleries.
441 Bethnal Green Rd, E2
3. The Four Thieves, London
Laine's ale is brewed on site and piped direct to your glass; arcade games and table tennis add to the fun.
51 Lavender Gardens, SW11
4. The Hare & Hounds, Brighton
Unfiltered, brewery-fresh beer, Mexican street food and craft brews from the likes of Magic Rock.
75 London Rd, BN1
5. The Tommy Tucker, London
Food is the draw at this gastropub from chef Claude Compton: the short rib will have you coming back.
22 Waterford Rd, SW6
6. The George & Dragon, London
The Dragonfly Brewery has transformed this drinking den: the fermentation tanks have to be seen.
183 High St, W3
7. Drygate, Glasgow
Glasgow’s leading craft beer light and home to 24 beer lines, including many dedicated to Drygate Brewing’s own output.
85 Drygate. G4
8. Duck & Rice, London
This pub with Chinese food from Alan Yau instantly became a pilgrimage for beer drinkers due to Pilsner Urquell’s brewery fresh tank.
90 Berwick St, W1
9. Abel Heywood, Manchester
A smart gastropub with hotel attached, this does some of the best food in the Northern Quarter.
38 Turner St, M4
10. Singer Tavern, London
With a tap list that would bring the indecisive out in a cold sweat, Singer Tavern does beer from across the globe. Also has a gin bar in the basement.
1 City Rd, EC1