Amid the chaos in Westminster this week, The Four Elms, Cardiff, picked up the inaugural Parliamentary Pub of the Year award at a ceremony in the House of Commons on Tuesday evening.
The competition was launched in the summer of 2018 by the Chairman of the All Party Parliamentary Pub Group, Toby Perkins MP as part of a drive to highlight the importance of pubs to communities, and to celebrate some of the great work community pubs do.
More than 100 pubs entered and 14 made the shortlist but The Four Elms beat them all to the gong as an "exceptional community pub that represents the important role pubs play within their locality."
L-R Jake Berry MP, Jo Stevens MP, Gareth Morgan (Manager of the Four Elms), Jonathan Bassett (Owner), Nicole Bassett and Toby Perkins MP
The pubs had been nominated by Labour MP Jo Stevens, who said:
"I am really proud that the Four Elms have received this top accolade. They represent everything that is best about Cardiff Central.
"They have a brilliant team in place with a host of loyal customers and are as equally welcoming to new visitors to the pub. It was a pleasure to be part of the competition and I would like to thank my constituents for nominating the many great pubs we have in the area."
You can see the video the team at the Four Elms, led by manager Gareth Morgan, put together to win the title above.
"It is such an honour to receive this national award, and to have it presented to us on such a historic day in the House of Commons," Gareth said.
The finalists included:
- Chesterfield Arms, Chesterfield
- Kings Arms, South West Norfolk
- Alexandra, Wimbledon
- Stapylton Arms, Easington
- Kash 22, Weaver Vale,
- Victoria, Bury
- The Brass and Granite, Kilmarnoch
- The Crown, Hastings,
- The Westbrook, Devizes
- Fat Boar, Wrexham
- The Robin Hood, Willenhall
- The Grayston Unity, Halifax