A Cornwall pub has been named among the best in South West England as part of the National Pub & Bar Awards 2023.

The Driftwood Spars in St Agnes has been included among the seven establishments recognised in the South West regional section.

A total of 94 venues have been recognised in the annual event as the best in their respective counties.

The awards aim to highlight the positive and inspiring work being carried out across the UK’s hospitality industry.

Cornwall pub named among best in South West

On the Driftwood Spars website, it says: "The Driftwood Spars is many things, but it comes into its own as a pub.

"With three cosy bars, complete with wood-burning stoves and a fantastic selection of beverages, our team of welcoming, knowledgeable staff are here to offer you an enjoyable and memorable snug pub experience."

The pub prides itself on its "award-winning selection of real ale" as well as an extensive wine list and selection of spirits.

The Driftwood Spars has also been well-received on Tripadvisor with a score of 4/5 from 823 reviews.

Great British Life: The Driftwood Spars is a popular pub in St AgnesThe Driftwood Spars is a popular pub in St Agnes (Image: Tripadvisor)

South West County Winners at the National Pub & Bar Awards 2023

  • Bell & Crown, Wiltshire
  • The Crown at Ampney Brook, Gloucestershire
  • The Driftwood Spars, Cornwall
  • The Langton Arms, Dorset
  • The Lost & Found, Bristol
  • The Masons Arms, Devon
  • The Swan Wedmore, Somerset

You can see the full list of County Winners via the National Pub & Bar Awards website.

How do the awards work?

Entries for the awards have been open since the start of the year, with hundreds of venues outlining the details of their operation, summarising the work that goes into design, training, team welfare, sustainability, food, drink, marketing and many other areas. 

At the award ceremony in June, official regional winners will be crowned as well as an overall winner.

Tristan O’Hana, editor of Pub & Bar magazine, which runs the awards, said: “We were overwhelmed by the level and quality of entries this year.

“It just goes to show what magnificent work is going on across the UK hospitality sector. With outrageous energy costs, recruitment shortages and a punishing taxation system, these businesses are once again facing tough times.

"Now, more than ever, it’s vital that people support their local pubs and bars. So, ahead of the long Easter weekend, why not check out the finest in your county?”