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On course for success: Bedfordshire pub The Anchor in national final of prestigious business awards

Aspley Guise pub The Anchor has been shortlisted as a national finalist in the Great British Pub Awards 2017.

The Great British Pub Awards celebrate the achievements of the best pubs in the business with The Anchor selected as a finalist in the Best Turnaround Pub category.

The Anchor, who has already gone through two rounds of rigorous judging to reach the final, will now battle it out against five other pubs from around the UK to try and take the category title.

The next stage of the judging process is to be visited by expert judges who will see the pub in action, probe the pub’s team further about the business and sample the pub’s food and drink offer.

Winners will be announced at a glittering awards ceremony, hosted by pub trade newspaper the Morning Advertiser who organise the awards, on Thursday, 7 September at London’s Hilton Hotel on Park Lane.

Ed Bedington, editor of the Morning Advertiser, says: “This is one of the most rigorous judging processes in the pub sector. Congratulations to The Anchor on getting through to the third round.”

Anchor away

The Anchor was reopened last September following a transformative refurbishment by local pub operator Heroic Pubs, which is led by managing director Andrew Coath who has run successful pubs in the area for the past decade.

The pub had been closed for six months prior to reopening but with the hard work of the pub’s team, led by operations manager Sean McGuirk, and the support of local people it has established itself at the heart of the Aspley Guise community.

Local support

Greg Knox, general manager of The Anchor says: “We are so excited to have made it to the national final of these prestigious awards. We are really proud of what we have achieved since opening and are delighted that the judges were also impressed with what we do.”

He adds: “We are so grateful to local people for the support they have given us and look forward to driving the business even further forward in the next year.”

Among innovations introduced at The Anchor since launch are a new healthier and interactive childrens’ menu created in partnership with local nutrition advisor Dotty’s Kitchin; a Tuesday Chicken Night offering Farm Assured chicken and fresh salad bar and breakfast menu served daily.

Summer sensations

A new Thursday Prawns and Prosecco Night has been launched for the summer, along with a special gin cart serving cocktails and gin and tonics in the pub’s garden. 

                 For more information on the Great British Pub Awards 2017 visit

    The Anchor at Aspley Guise, Bedfordshire, opened last September. For more information visit 


                      The pub offers a set price ‘Bill of Fare’ menu which runs from 12 to 6pm Monday to Friday offering two courses from £12.75 and three for £15.75.


·       The pub is part of Unique Hospitality Management’s Heroic Pubs, which also includes the Knife & Cleaver in Houghton Conquest and Mill Street Pub & Kitchen in Oakham. The company also operates Epic Pubs with venues including 185 Watling Street in Towcester and the newly opened Wheatsheaf Pub & Grill in Bow Brickhill, near Milton Keynes.



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