Best Sports Venue: Guildford Tup, Guildford
Mathew Purves and Phillip Way
When they took over, Mathew and his team’s aim was to turn the Tup into Guildford’s premier sports bar and they are confident that no-one can beat the atmosphere when the big games are being shown at the Tup!
They provide state of the art vision and sound to maximise the spectators experience in an environment that is warm, friendly and safe. At the Tup, sport rules (no matter what the game), meaning they show rugby, football, tennis, cricket, AFL, snooker, formula one, motoGP, netball, basketball, horse racing and even hold a Super Bowl party every year.
To ensure the best experience for customers, they provide table service so nobody misses a moment, as well as themed street food.
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Milford Arms, Isleworth
Situated near to Twickenham, the Milford Arms has become famous locally for its sports. This ‘Premier League pub’ offers customers the best atmosphere for watching all kinds of sport, and provides nine screens throughout the pub and garden showing up to three games at a time.
Publican Natalie ensures that events are scheduled so customers know what to expect, and even creates themed menus for the big games.
During the World Cup 2018, Natalie arranged for a replica trophy to be displayed in the pub, giving customers the chance to celebrate England’s success with a photo opportunity!
The Woolpack is based in Almondbury, on the outskirts of Huddersfield Town centre. Daniel and the team pride themselves as being a traditional village pub and carry the slogan, "your favourite local".
Since making the strategic decision to make sport (and football in particular) their main focus after the 2014 World Cup, they have invested heavily in their audio visual system, offering a real stadium atmosphere. For all significant matches, the team run their "Woolpack Predictor", which asks customers to predict the score for £2 with the winner taking the pot.
This encourages customers to come in early and stay for the full game, and keeps the "banter" going both in the pub and on social media where the pub reveals the winners and losers! As well as the predictor, they offer table service during big games to maximise comfort and sales.