CAMRA Good Beer Guide: The best pubs in Britain have been revealed

The best boozers in Britain have been revealed during a nationwide search for the National Pub of the Year.

Marked on atmosphere, decor, service, value for money, customer mix and selection of ale – each pub has been put through its paces.

The competition has come as Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) releases the 46th edition of its ‘Good Beer Guide’.

CAMRA volunteers scoured the country to sample a mix of traditional pubs, community run establishments and micro-pubs for this year’s guide.

Each of the regional finalists will now compete in the next round of the competition, hoping to be named one of the four super-regional finalists – and stay in with a chance of becoming the overall winner.

The final announcement of the National Pub of the Year winner will take place in early 2019.

Central Southern – Nag’s Head, Reading

The Nag’s Head is a multiple winner of local CAMRA Pub of the Year and Cider Pub of the Year awards, and this is the second consecutive year its has been named a regional finalist.

East Anglia – The Chequers, Little Gransden

The multi-award winning village pub has been owned and run by the same family for over 60 years and in the Good Beer Guide for 24.

The pub’s Son of Sid brewhouse supplies the pub and local beer festival.

East Midlands – White Hart, Bargate

Local CAMRA Pub of the Year 2017 and 2018, the White Hart is a cosy two-roomed pub in the heart of Bargate.

Yorkshire – George & Dragon, Hudswell

CAMRA named this homely, two-roomed village inn its current National Pub of the Year 2017.

Rescued and refurbished in 2010 after a successful community buyout, it now features its own library, shop, allotments and other local facilities as well as great food and Yorkshire-brewed beers.

Greater Manchester – Flying Horse, Rochdale

An impressive Edwardian stone free house situated in the town hall square. Built in 1691 and rebuilt in 1926, the building retains many original features including log fires.

Kent – The Lanes, Dover

This friendly, award-winning micropub near the pedestrian precinct is comfortably furnished and carpeted.

London – Little Green Dragon, Enfield

Formally a hairdressers’, the area’s first micropub was voted the local CAMRA Pub of the Year 2018.

Merseyside – Cricketers Arms, St Helens

CAMRA’s current national Pub of the Year, the Cricketers Arms has established itself as a cask ale pub, with 13 handpumps on the bar.

North East – Golden Smog, Stockton-on-Tees

This town’s first micropub is named after the environmental conditions that recently prevailed on Teeside.

Scotland – NI – Volunteer Arms (Staggs), Musselburgh

Run by the same family since 1858, the bar and snug are traditional with wooden floors, wood panelling and mirrors from defunct local breweries. T

South West – Fleece Inn, Hillesley

An attractive 17th century village pub set in the heart of Hillesley. It has a single bar with with a wood-burning stove, a separate lounge/dining room and a snug area.

Surrey / Sussex – Surrey Oaks, Newdigate

This 16th-century inn is renowned for its commitment to good-quality real ale from microbreweries.

West Pennines – Little Bare, Morecambe

A former off-licence, this micropub opened in 2017, retaining the original shop window.

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Wales – Bridge End Inn, Ruabon

A welcoming local in a dip close to the railway station with three low-ceilinged rooms and a covered outdoor drinking area.

This traditional pub has won numerous awards since it was revitalised by the McGivern family in 2009, and was the winner of the National Pub of the Year award in 2011.

Wessex – Wonston Arms, Wonston

A community pub in the heart of the village, it serves four real ales from local breweries plus 160 gins.

West Midlands – Fountain Inn, Leek

Home to a bank of 10 hand-pulls with eight serving real ales and two serving cider, the pub prides itself on having an ever changing choice and range often from less well known and local breweries.


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