The Coronation Tap in Clifton, Bristol, has made it into the top six shortlist for the best music pub in 2011 for the third year in a row, it was announced today.
The ‘Music Pub of the Year’ award is given to the top pub in the UK that excels in using music within their business, and the award will be presented by The Publican magazine to the pub whose music programme is felt to be at the heart of the business.
Among other things, judges will be looking for clear evidence that The CoriTap is dedicated to using music alongside a year-round programme of musical events. They will also be looking for a music programme that reflects a variety of music as well as customers’ preferences, along with evidence that the music played is boosting trade in the pub.
The Coronation Tap will be battling it out for the title against five other strong contenders:
- The Horn – St Albans, Wiltshire
- The Golden Fleece – Chelmsford, Essex
- Riffs Bar – Swindon, Wiltshire
- Fox and Firkin – London
- The Spice of Life – London
The Coronation Tap’s Mick and Jan Gale said: “Music plays a significant part in creating a brilliant experience and atmosphere across the whole of our very varied customer group. Our gigs consistently attract newcomers, and we always try to choose the right type of music for the right occasion.
“We’re absolutely delighted to have been shortlisted again for this prestigious award and would love to bring the trophy home as a ‘thank you’ to all the sensational musicians who play here, everyone who supports us, and for Bristol.”
Keith Gilbert, director of public performance sales at sponsors PRS for Music, added: “In a competitive industry, many publicans differentiate themselves through the image of their pubs and the ambience. These pubs obviously recognise the value of music, both in enhancing the atmosphere for customers and having a positive effect on staff morale and profits.”
The winner will be announced on April 6, 2011 at the Grosvenor House Hotel, Park Lane, London.