Stroud Brewery has been named the Sustainable Pub of the Year in the Great British Pub Awards 2023 – the Oscars of the UK’s Pub industry.
Founder and MD, Greg Pilley, and Ben Hudson, Taproom Manager, accepted the award at the Victoria Warehouse in the centre of Manchester, Stroud Brewery beat 5 other finalists, pubs from around the country.
Greg Pilley said: “Since the early days of the brewery, we’ve wanted to use the way we do business as a way of doing good – not only reducing our environmental impact but going further and regenerating nature and the environment that sustains us all. Up to 50% more plant, insect and bird life can live on an organic farm compared to a conventional one.”
He continued “It’s also a win-win for businesses – being more sustainable can reduce costs by reducing waste, reducing energy use and attracting more customers. Surveys show that more and more people want to spend their money with companies which they see are being responsible. With the cost of living crisis meaning people are going out less, being more sustainable is a great way to attract them when they do want to have an enjoyable evening out. Plus it helps to create a healthier world that will support all of us. What’s not to love?!”
Stroud Brewery is also offering to help other pubs start on their sustainability journey. It’s channelling its own experience into its ‘Sustainability in Pubs: Getting Started’ campaign. This is a free guide outlining ten straight-forward things pubs (and any hospitality outlet, for that matter) can do to start helping to repair and regenerate the environment and nature. The free guide is available to download.
Sustainable Pub of the Year is the latest in a string of awards – during the summer, the brewery has won 10 local and regional awards for its beer, its taproom and the way it runs the business.