Campaigners say Peak Beard Friendly Pub is close

In Uncategorized on January 18, 2017 by kmflett

January 18th

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The Beard Liberation Front, the informal network of beard wearers, has said that the contest for the Beard Friendly Pub of the Year has concluded with the Cock Tavern in central Hackney retaining the title by a beard length

However the result of the on-line poll saw a major new development with Brewery Taps outside of London- where drinkers socialise at the breweries themselves- coming second and third.

The campaigners say that the support for pubs outside of well known ‘hipster’ locations in London underlines that peak Beard Friendly Pub is now close to being achieved.

Beard Friendly Pub, Bar, Tap 2017

1 Cock Tavern, Hackney

2 Crafty Devil Beer Cellar, Cardiff

3 Cloudwater Brewery Tap, Manchester

BLF Organiser Keith Flett said, while there is still room for growth the reality is that the UK as a whole now has more beard friendly pubs, bars and taps than it has had at any time since Edwardian times.

The criteria for the Award include:

Beard Friendly Pub: a pub that welcomes the hirsute and often has a significant number of hirsute customers, including but certainly not confined to those with designer or hipster beards .

Beard Friendly Ambience: a pub that may have fewer hirsute customers but is welcoming to the hirsute through bearded bar staff and beard friendly beers, and has a generally relaxed atmosphere for all.

The campaign group says it welcomes diversity in both appearance and drinking but does think that there is a link between stylish beards and beers and good pubs


Some hostelries on the list style themselves as bars not pubs. This distinction is for others. The BLF is about beards.

Nothing here is meant to suggest that pubs not on the list are unfriendly to beards. This is about pubs that are particularly and emphatically beard friendly

The Beard Friendly Pub, Bar, Tap of the Year Short List 2017

Bag of Nails Bristol

City Arms, Cardiff

Cock Tavern, Hackney

Mother Kelly’s Bethnal Green

Euston Tap(s), central London

Friends of Ham, Leeds

Hanging Bat, Edinburgh

Jolly Butchers, Hackney

The Maltings, York

Cloudwater Brewery Tap, Manchester

Beavertown Brewery Tap, Tottenham

Crafty Devil Cellar, Cardiff


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