What’s your favourite village pub in Aylesbury Vale?

The Unicorn at Cublington won AVDC's pub of the year 2012 - pictured l-r are Chris George - head chef, Tim Harwood - general manager and Paul Darvell - bar manager
The Unicorn at Cublington won AVDC's pub of the year 2012 - pictured l-r are Chris George - head chef, Tim Harwood - general manager and Paul Darvell - bar manager

Punters from across the district are invited to nominate their local for the Aylesbury Vale Village Pub of the Year awards.

The annual awards, which were launched by Aylesbury Vale District Council in 1997, celebrate what makes a village pub a winner – at a time when thousands of locals have closed across the country.

The Unicorn in Cublington was crowned the overall winner last year.

Manager Tim Harwood said: “We were ecstatic to have been awarded AVDC Best Village Pub award 2012/2013.

“It really is great to receive recognition for the commitment and many hours of hard work that the team as a whole contribute to the successful running of the business. Winning the award has been a real boost to the business, which continues to grow and develop. These are really exciting times at The Unicorn.”

Councillor David Thompson, AVDC Cabinet Member for Leisure, said: “The awards give village pubs a fantastic opportunity to gain recognition for the excellent contribution they make towards the overall development of our rural communities.

“I would call on residents to nominate their local for the awards. To win an award will be a mark of quality that will bring real prestige to that individual pub.”

This year’s competition is sponsored by Dayla. Managing director Tim Cooper, said: “We are delighted once again to be sponsoring this year`s Village Pub of the Year competition.

“Our family business has served the Vale over four generations and we are blessed with so many first class establishments. In saluting the eventual finalists, may we wish them all the very best of luck.”

All finalists will be featured in the 2013 Aylesbury Vale Recommended Village Pubs guide.

To nominate a pub click here.

Punters can also nominate their favourite venue by picking up a form from village pubs or tourist information centres.