A Banbury pub has won a prestigious national award.

The Wine Vaults on Parson’s Street won Spirit Pub of the Year at the pub industry’s Night of Excellence Awards.

The pub picked up the award for its excellent spirit range and top-quality cocktails and serves.

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The bar was also commended for its stunning back bar display, showcasing its extensive range of spirits and other drinks.

 Clive Coules, Licensee of the Wine Vaults, said: “As a pub that prides itself on our spirit range and the quality cocktails we make from them, we are absolutely ecstatic to have won Spirit Pub of the Year at the Night of Excellence awards.

“I would like to thank my whole team who do such a great job providing our customers with the very best serves and cocktails.

“Without you this award wouldn’t be possible.”

The Wine Vaults is situated in an eighteenth-century ironstone pub located close to Banbury’s marketplace on a pedestrianised street.

It offers an impressive cocktails range including classics such as Cosmopolitans and Espresso Martinis, plus innovative new spirits such as Parma Violet and Welsh Marmalade flavoured gins.

The Night of Excellence Awards celebrate the success of great licensees and the businesses they run in partnership with Greene King Pub Partners.

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They comprise of 15 awards ranging from Community Pub of the Year to Food Pub of the Year, which are all sponsored by key suppliers to the pub sector and well-known brands such as Heineken, Coca-Cola, Diageo and Molson Coors.

Entrants go through a strict judging process including mystery visits in order to be crowned award winners.

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This year, the awards were held at a grand ceremony and dinner hosted at the Crowne Plaza hotel in Stratford-Upon-Avon, Warwickshire.

The event was attended by numerous licensees from across the country who work with Greene King Pub Partners as well as representatives from the hospitality and pub sector including trade bodies, business leaders and more. 

Bruce Wakeling, business development manager for Greene King Pub Partners, said: “Well done to Clive and the team at Wine Vaults for winning Spirit Pub of the Year.

“If you are into your cocktails, gin and tonics or any other tipple, this pub is a must-visit.

“The award cements its reputation as one of the very best places to go for a hospitality experience you won’t forget for all the right reasons.”