Prestigious Great British Pub Award for The Saddle

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Chester city centre pub The Saddle has been awarded a national award for” Best Pub for Entertainment” in the Great British Pub Awards 2022.

The “Oscars of the Pub Industry” seek to recognise the finest pubs in the UK and put “‘bums on seats and pride in teams’ across the country.” The winners were unveiled at an event in Manchester on Tuesday 4th October hosted by comedian Russell Kane. Overall Great British Pub of the Year was won by The Gun Inn in West Sussex.

The Saddle made it to the shortlist of 6 pubs including The King’s Arms in Salford and The Rigger in Newcastle under Lyme. The pub was praised as follows: “This pub defies tradition with its rock n’ roll aesthetic. From guitar necks used to pull pints to symbol-lights and band posters that deck the walls, there’s a thousand things to grab your attention. The pub also boasts nine rock-themed rooms spread over two floors overlooking the city. Each feature a replica guitar the original artist was known for playing. On top of this, there’s a tattoo studio on site, as well as a studio room that acts as a performance and rehearsal venue. These spaces were renovated during the pandemic, yet grunge aesthetic is not forgotten, with chandeliers adorning the walls which are painted red and black However, the Saddle isn’t just for die-hard rock fans. As well as rock bands, the Saddle hosts jazz musicians, acoustic sessions and open mic nights. It’s a venue that stands out in the cathedral city.

Manager Leigh Mac who took the pub over in March 2017 was overwhelmed and emotional at the award. “Tonight, we won The Great British Pub Award for Entertainment 2022 against some fierce competition. We entered fully committed but not for one minute thinking we’d stand a chance against so many outstanding venues. When they read out The Saddle, stunned and choked are an understatement. To be chosen by our Industry peers in such a prestigious event hasn’t yet settled in and feels like a dream come true

“We really are elated and honoured to have received such an accolade, to be recognised in such a way after over 5yrs of complete dedication and striving to build our vision we couldn’t be prouder right now”

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