Bar Sport celebrates win at prestigious Great British Pub Awards
September 20, 2013
A Staffordshire sports bar has been voted the best in Great Britain in a prestigious awards ceremony which recognises excellence within the pub industry. The Bar Sport Cannock franchise won the title of Best Sports Bar in Great Britain in The BT Sport Great British Pub Awards 2013, which have been run by leading industry magazine Morning Advertiser for many years.
The bar had already won the West Midlands and Wales regional title and competed against five other regional winners from throughout the UK for the overall title. Staff from Bar Sport travelled down to the Hilton Hotel Park Lane London for the awards ceremony on 12 September, which was hosted by Inbetweeners actor and comedian Greg Davies.
Bar Sport’s Maidenhead franchise finished a close second in the competition after winning the London & South England Best Sports Bar Title. Judges praised Bar Sport for the way in which live sport is shown every day at the venue, whatever the time, which is the philosophy for the success of the bar.
Judges were also impressed with the 1,000 capacity venue, with five bars on two floors, VIP lounges, private booths, game zone and function room plus operating over 50 screens showing sport all day, every day.
It was also praised for bringing in some of the biggest names in sport to the venue. This was highlighted only last week when former boxing World Heavyweight Champion Evander Holyfield visited Bar Sport Cannock and its Premier Suite for an after-dinner speaking event.
Former amateur boxing champion Scott Murray is the founder and managing director of Bar Sport Franchise UK Ltd which he founded at the Cannock site in 1998 after seeing the idea in Texas whilst at a boxing training camp in the 1980s. He said: “To win the title of best sports bar in Great Britain is a fantastic achievement for Bar Sport Cannock.
“However, what made the night even more special was the fact that Bar Sport Maidenhead finished second. This just shows how respected and highly thought of the Bar Sport franchise is with the leading industry experts.
“The award is very prestigious and although we have won it in the past the feeling of winning it once again may taste even sweeter this time around as it shows we have not let our high standards slip. It is great to be recognised as being the best in our field and everyone associated with Bar Sport is just over the moon.”
As well as Maidenhead there are franchises at Wilmslow and Bromley with venues at Newbury, Watford and Livingston in Scotland set to open in the autumn.