The Red Lion Inn, in Cricklade, Wiltshire has been crowned the BT Sport Great British Pub of the Year 2013.

The pub, owned by licensee Tom Gee, beat 16 other category winners to the top award at the BT Sport Great British Pub Awards, organised by the Publican’s Morning Advertiser (PMA), sister title to M&C Report.

In addition the pub won the title of Best Freehouse 2013. Judges were impressed the all-round success story of the Red Lion and felt Gee was a licensee with a clear vision and a firm grip on the direction of the business.

Rob Willock, group editor of M&C Report and the PMA, said: “Being named the BT Sport Great British Pub of the Year 2013 is a tremendous achievement , and the Red Lion is thoroughly deserving of this accolade.

“The Red Lion is a pub business that proves it is possible to innovate and introduce fresh ideas while still retaining the atmosphere of a quintessential English inn offering something for everyone.”

The pub has an £800,000 plus annual turnover, an extensive beer offer including beers from its own four-barrel microbrewery, five boutique letting rooms and a strong food offer led by chef Daniel Ingram - who has worked with Heston Blumenthal.

The pub has driven wet sales alongside food and accommodation, achieving a combined increased in turnover of 23% in the past year.

The awards were presented by Inbetweeners and Cuckoo star Greg Davis at a Wild West-themed awards dinner at London’s Park Lane Hilton.

The 2013 national winners are:
Best Charitable Pub - The Longhorn, Walsall, West Midlands

Best Smoking Area - Cheers Café, Bar and Tavern, Fraserburg, Aberdeenshire

Best Cellar - Farmers Arms Inn, Combe Florey, Somerset

Best Family Pub - South Causey Inn, Stanley, County Durham

Best Food Pub -Treby Arms, Sparkwell, Devon

Best Sports Pub - Bar Sport, Cannock, Staffordshire

Best Entertainment Pub - The Grafton, Kentish Town, London

Best Spirits Pub -Rummer Hotel, Bristol

Best Wine Pub - Harris Arms, Portgate, Devon

Best Bar Team - Broadfield Ale House, Sheffield, South Yorkshire

Best Cask Beer Pub - Dove Street Inn, Ipswich, Suffolk

Best Managed Pub - St James Taven, Piccadilly Circus, London

Best Freehouse -  Red Lion Inn, Cricklade, Wiltshire

Best Partnership Pub - So! Bar and Eats, Harrogate, North Yorkshire

Best Community Pub - Maypole Inn, Taunton, Somerset

Best Newcomer - Anchor Inn, Wingham, Kent