Call for Borders nomination for Parliamentary Pub of the Year

Pub goers across the Borders are being encouraged to help select a nominee for ‘Parliamentary Pub of the Year.’

MPs from across the UK are nominating the best pub in their constituency to battle it out for the title of Parliamentary Pub of the Year. The competition seeks to promote the role pubs play in local communities and recognise a worthy winner for the award.

The main criteria for the competition is that the pub is “great at what it does” which can include its range of beers, food, warmest welcome or a special community contribution.

Local MP John Lamont is urging constituents to get in touch with him to nominate their chosen pub. Nominations should be sent to before 20th September 2018. Alternatively people can write to John at his constituency office (25 High Street, Hawick, TD9 9BU) or phone a nomination in (01450 375948).

John Lamont MP said: “There are plenty of really great pubs in the Scottish Borders, so instead of me choosing one, I’m calling on locals to nominate their favourite.

“This competition highlights the positive impact our pubs have on jobs and communities. In my constituency, the beer and pub sector supports around 800 jobs but more than that, pubs are a focal point for so many communities.

“Nominees will be judged for being great at whatever they do, so that could be offering quality local beers, giving back to the community or just being the most welcoming.

“It would be fantastic for the area if one of our pubs won the award. If you think your favourite would be a worthy winner, please get in touch via email at or write to me or call my constituency office.”




The main criteria for nominations to the Parliamentary Pub of the Year is that the pub is “Great at What They Do”

This can include:

  • Offer a range of beers and a food menu including (where possible) classic British pub food;
  • Have been nominated for or won an industry award for the pub or an aspect of your business relevant to visitors (beer range, warm welcome, food offer, beer garden, customer service) including local, regional or national tourist awards, local newspaper awards, CAMRA awards, Loo Of the Year, Michelin Star or Good Food Guide entries;
  • The warmest of welcomes throughout the Year – from great signage, effective marketing, ongoing calendar of events.
  • Have helped put their community/village/town/city on the map – as participant in pub walks, ale trails, tourist guides
  • Range of beer
  • Range of food
  • Music
  • Sports
  • Community contribution