English Heritage is drowning its sorrows after failing to make either a conservation or a new-build award in the 1997 CAMRA/EH Pub Design Awards, announced this week.
The agency blamed heavy-handed design and a need for a keener judgement by local planners, citing a preponderance of radical alterations to buildings of character. 'Pastiche and Disneyesque travesties straight out of the catalogue' marred a large proportion of entries, although in what was dubbed the 'year of the bank', many conversions of high-street buildings were done with panache and sensitivity. One, Frazer's Bar in Edinburgh, won the conversion category. Andrew Wong's Bread and Roses pub in Clapham won the refurbishment section.