A Wimbledon pub is starting the New Year in pride of place as the regional winner and national finalist in the inaugural Parliamentary Pub of the Year competition.
Launched in the summer of 2018 by chairman of the All Party Parliamentary Pub Group, Toby Perkins, MP, the competition seeks to recognise the important role pubs play in British life and the value they add to the local communities and local economy.
Following nomination by their local MP, each pub had to submit a short video portraying the character of the pub and their engagement with their customers and local community.
Videos were then viewed by a panel of judges and regional finalists selected, with the overall winner being revealed on the night of January 15.
The Alexandra has become well known within its community for the work it does to help relieve loneliness over Christmas with free Christmas dinners for those on their own and throughout the year with their Meet Up Monday events.
Licensee Mick Dore said: “We bring together so many people from within our community who feel isolated or lonely, forging friendships and a sense of belonging, with our pub being the real hub of our community.”