Dartford Sports Bar Shortlisted for Prestigious Licensee of the Year Award

Dartford Sports Bar Shortlisted for Prestigious Licensee of the Year Award

Spital Street’s Dartford Sports Bar is making headlines as it has been nominated for a prestigious industry award.

The popular sports bar, owned by Admiral Taverns, has been completely transformed by licensees Chris Michaelas and April Reeves since they took over just before the first Covid lockdown in March 2020.

Their hard work has paid off as they have been shortlisted for the Licensee of the Year Award (LOYA), beating out over 300 other entrants.

The bar underwent a £400k renovation in March 2022, splitting into two zones – a peaceful restaurant area and a booth area with private TVs for sports fans.

Their dedication to creating a welcoming and enjoyable venue for all has earned them recognition and praise from both the pub industry and their loyal customers.

Chris and April expressed their gratitude at being named finalists for the award, saying, “It’s an absolute honour to have been selected as a finalist for the Licensee of the Year Award! These awards recognise the very best in the pub industry, so being chosen means the world to us.”

They also took the opportunity to thank their customers, team, and Admiral Taverns for their support in making their success possible.

The competition, which began in January 2024, has put each pub through a rigorous selection process, including mystery diners, audits, and interviews.

The finalists were chosen based on their impact on the community, support for their team, commitment to sustainability, and plans for diversification.

The winners will be announced at Sky HQ on Monday, June 17, and it’s safe to say that Dartford Sports Bar has a strong chance of taking home the top prize.

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