TWO pubs in Sussex have been named the best in their areas. 

The accolades came in the National Bar and Pub Awards 2022.

The Joker in Brighton collected the top prize for East Sussex, while The Angel Inn in Petworth took the award for West Sussex. 

Vee Napier, manager of The Joker, said: "We're thrilled to be announced the winner of this award.

"After a tough few years for the industry it's fantastic to see the venue bounce back to great success and welcome old and new customers in the plenty. 

“We're humbled to be voted best pub in the county. We've always tried to run our business from a place of love, creating a home from home for staff, customers and the community." 

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 Nicola Jones, owner of The Angel Inn in Petworth, said: "It is wonderful recognition for all the team at The Angel Inn in Petworth. 

"We strive to fill our menus with produce from local fields, local farms and local waters.  And that is a constant endeavour."

A selection of venues  across the country were named the best in their respective counties.

The National Pub and Bar Awards aim to put "exemplary" businesses across the UK in the national spotlight, showcasing the hospitality industry’s diversity, creativity and vital importance to the UK economy.

The announcement of this year’s 94 county winners, which have been selected on overall best practice across a number of operational categories, will be officially crowned at a red carpet celebration at Euston Square, London, on Wednesday, June 22. 

At the grand final, 15 regional winners will also be announced, as well as the esteemed accolade – the overall National Pub and Bar of the Year, which was won by Galvin Green Man in Essex in 2021.

Tristan O’Hana, editor of Pub and Bar magazine: “Just from being out in these venues, you can see how much pubs and bars mean to people across the UK.

“With visitor numbers increasing, it’s more important than ever for operators to deliver a standout service during every visit, no matter the business in question. 

“These 94 county winners are wonderful examples of the brilliance of today’s modern on-trade. If you live near one of these sites, make sure you pay them a visit.”