After six weeks of voting, I’ve had around 1,500 go online or write on a competition beermat to vote for their favourite pub. The clear winner was The Nightingale on the corner of Carshalton Road and Lind Road in Sutton. It’s been a fun competition to organise with a number of pubs getting into the spirit of the awards, encouraging their regulars and visitors alike to get on their smartphones or putting a beermat and pen in front of them. Following on from my Shop of the Year award last year, it’s important to continue promoting great local businesses.

Thanks to all who voted. I’ll be picking one lucky voter at random shortly to win £100 to spend in the Nightingale.

A special thank you to the landlords, managers and staff who worked hard to build up support for their pub. We’ve got some great pubs and bars in Sutton, Cheam and Worcester Park. It’s taken me a while to work through the handwriting on some of the beermats and scrapping some of the duplicates but the final results are now in. There can be only one winner but the top ten deserve a special mention, so here’s the run down.

  1. The Nightingale, Carshalton Road, Sutton
  2. The Robin Hood, West Street, Sutton
  3. The Old Bank, Brighton Road, Sutton
  4. The Lord Nelson, London Road, North Cheam
  5. The Gander Inn, St Dunstan’s Hill, Cheam
  6. Ivory Lounge, High Street, Sutton
  7. The Cock & Bull, High Street, Sutton
  8. The Railway, Station Way, Cheam
  9. Ye Olde Red Lion, Park Road, Cheam
  10. The Nonsuch Inn, North Cheam

Corinne Ellerington, who has run the Nightingale since 2011 said: “We pride ourselves on creating a homely and welcoming environment. We have a loyal group of regulars but we also have a lot of visitors coming in at weekends.

“One of the things that makes the pub so popular is our range of entertainment, we have something going on most days.

“It’s wonderful to be rewarded for our efforts and recognised as one of the best in the area.”