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The Knife & Cleaver scoops Best Pub with Rooms award in national competition

Family-owned The Knife & Cleaver, in Houghton Conquest, Bedfordshire, has been named the UK’s Best Pub, with Rooms in Great British Pub Awards Pub 2021.

It was honoured at the livestream ceremony of the Great British Pub Awards after fighting through several rounds of challenging judging to be selected winner.

The competition is open to pubs from across the UK, and sees judges travel the length and breadth of the country to assess the finalists and pick out the best in the trade.

The awards are organised by pub industry bible The Morning Advertiser. They celebrate excellence across the sector in 15 different categories, from best food, to best live entertainment venue.

Ed Bedington, editor of The Morning Advertiser, said:

“We’ve seen the importance of pubs in society during the recent lockdowns we’ve all suffered through, and these awards aim to recognise those that are doing an outstanding job in their field.

“Pubs have done an amazing job in horrendous circumstances in the last 18 months or so, and it’s a real pleasure to be able to shine a spotlight on the sector, and highlight some of the great businesses out there.

“Pubs don’t sell beer, they sell experiences and social opportunities, the chance to gather with friends, make new friends, celebrate and commiserate – all of which we’ve struggled to do during the crisis, so let’s celebrate the return of the Great British Pub by celebrating some of the best in the business.

“By winning Best Pub with Rooms , The Knife & Cleaver has shown it really is a business for its community, and the entire country, to treasure.”