The awards will run individually across four regions; Devon, Cornwall, Dorset, plus Bristol, Bath and Somerset. The winners from each of the four counties will then go head-to-head to compete for the main award.
Pubs will be voted for by the general public, and will run throughout the summer months to 18 August. The three pubs with the highest number of public votes will receive mystery shopper visits via the South West Tourism Awards, deciding who’ll receive the Gold, Silver or Bronze award at an event final.
Regional finalists will be announced between September and November, with the overall winning South West pub announced in February.
Gerard Lovell, Joint MD of Forthglade, said: “There’s nothing better than going for a long walk with your dog and then finding a cosy pub for a bite to eat. The South West is renowned for being a phenomenal hotspot for food and drink, not only for those of us lucky enough to live here, but for the millions of visitors to the region, a staggering proportion of whom bring their canine companions along with them.”
Robin Barker, organiser of the Tourism Awards added: “We’re really excited to be launching this new award alongside Forthglade, recognising the region’s pubs that work so hard to make us and our four-legged friends feel so welcome, especially as for so many, our dogs really are part of the family.”