The British Institute of Innkeeping (BII) has announced the finalists in its Licensee of the Year awards.

The punch-packing shortlist includes contenders from all over the country and from all types of pubs including free trade, managed and tenanted.

Finalists were picked from hundreds of applicants, who had either entered themselves or been nominated by others.

The six finalists face a panel judging day next week, where industry experts will quiz them on marketing, industry affairs, finance and people & training. The winner will be announced at the BII's summer event on June 7.

The 6 finalists are:

Gerry & Ann Price from the Inn West End in West End, Surrey

The Inn West End offers both a pub and boutique accommodation, with 12 rooms. It is committed to stocking an impressive wine collection.

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Andrew Fishwick from the Truscott Arms in Maida Vale, London
The Truscott Arms prides itself on having the "best roast dinner in Britain", which it has won awards for. Andrew says he wants his pub to be the heart of a local community.

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Rob & Lucy Brewer at the Rashleigh Arms, in St Austell, Cornwall
Part of St Austell Hotels & Inns collection, the Rashleigh Arms can be found in a fishing port on Cornwall's south coast. It uses local produce from around the area whenever possible.

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Glen Duckett at the Eagle & Child, Ramsbottom, Bury
The pub aims to provide top grub to its community, but also focuses on training and employing young people. The Eagle & Child uses meat from the Lancashire countryside in particular the Bowland fells.

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Mel Carus at the Metropolitan, West Didsbury, Manchester
The Metropolitan, otherwise known as the Met, operates from a grand Victorian railway hotel. It offers its customers a gin bingo card – so they can race to get a free glass of gin once the card is completed.

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Glen Pearson at the Shibden Mill, Halifax
This claims to have been serving the Shibden Valley residents for 350 years. The pub houses a 'wine loft' for customers to hire out for special occasions.

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