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Scores on the Cellar Door

Our Scores on the Cellar Doors program is designed to improve standards in pub cellars and recognise excellence. We carry out an 11 point audit covering stock rotation, beer line cleanliness, equipment maintenance, glasswashing cleanliness and hygiene amongst other things. A star rating is then given to the pub ranging from one to five with four or five stars being the goal for all pubs. Only 34% of pubs achieve this – will you be one of them?

There is a very strong link between the condition that a cellar is kept in and the quality of actual beer in the glass and this is illustrated by this chart , which compares Scores on the Cellar Doors results against results of our Cask Marque Beer in the Glass audits. Pubs scoring five stars in the audit pass their Cask Marque beer check 98% of the time, whilst those scoring even an ‘average’ three stars pass only 87% of the time.

Benefits of Scores on the Doors to pubs (and thus customers) are:

  • Identify & improve poor practices
  • Recognise & acknowledge success
  • Maximise yields (+8%) and sales (+2%)
  • On site training
  • Training support with 4/5* objective
  • Benchmarking

What does an audit cost?

If we can twin in the SOTCD visit with a regular Cask Marque beer inspection (every 6 months) then the cost is £25 + VAT. If we have to make a special visit to the pub just for the SOTCD audit then the cost is £65 + VAT.

For this you get:

1. Scores on the Cellars Door Audit

2. One-to-one training during the audit

3. Summary and action plan at the end

4. Benchmarking against the industry (corporate customers)

5. Appear on www.sotcd.co.uk

6. Receive a SOTCD sticker if you achieve a 4* or 5* rating

7. Better beer!

Find out more about Score on the Cellar Doors

Download the audit form

Companies Participating in our Scores on the Doors Scheme include:



  • Arkells
  • Bermondsey Pub Co
  • Brakspear – Managed
  • Butcombe
  • Falcon (Punch)
  • Greene King Managed


  • Harveys – Managed
  • Haven
  • Hippo Inns
  • Hook Norton Managed
  • Hydes
  • Joseph Holt


  • JW Lees
  • Lancaster Brewery
  • Liberation Group
  • Market Town Taverns
  • Marston’s
  • Remarkable Restaurants


  • Stonegate
  • Thwaites Inns of Character
  • Timothy Taylor
  • Upham Brewery
  • White Brasserie

Other items in our Grain to Glass Program: