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CAMRA book highlights historic pub interiors across the East of England

A new edition of the East of England Real Heritage Pubs, released by CAMRA, the Campaign for Real Ale, highlights hidden gems of British pub architecture. It features 76 pub interiors of outstanding historic interest across Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Essex, Hertfordshire, Norfolk and Suffolk.

Launched today to coincide with CAMRA’s Norwich Beer Festival, running from 24-29 October, East of England Real Heritage Pubs is a celebration of pub interiors, from rural time-warps to old coaching inns, and includes some unsung pub interiors from the interwar and post-war periods. It is beautifully illustrated with over 350 photographs.

Co-editor Paul Ainsworth said: “These pubs represent an important aspect of the area’s cultural and built heritage, with quite a number being true national treasures. That said, they account for less than 2% or so of the pubs in the area. This is because pub interiors have always been subject to change, and the pace of change has accelerated dramatically since the 1960s.”

Co-editor Michael Slaughter adds: “The East of England has the largest number of ancient snugs formed by settles. Within this Guide, you will find Lord Nelson’s local; one of the claimants for the smallest pub in the county; and two of only eight pubs still operating without a bar counter. Discover what to look for when visiting these genuinely old pubs – some dating back 500 years!”

Of the 90 pubs featured in the first edition of this guide, published in 2005, ten have been ruined inside whilst another ten have closed altogether.

Ainsworth adds: “Many of us are fascinated by our built heritage and spend time visiting historic buildings of many kinds. It is, though, only in recent years, and largely because of CAMRA’s efforts, that pubs with historic interiors have come to be valued by mainstream conservationists. CAMRA picked up the baton on behalf of our pub heritage, filling the gaps in knowledge of what is out there, and actively seeking to protect what is left.”

CAMRA has now produced guides covering all regions and parts of the UK. As with the other guides, it draws on many years of work by CAMRA members to track down and record those pub interiors that have escaped the attention of the developers.

It is now available to purchase at


About CAMRA:  

CAMRA, the Campaign for Real Ale, is a not-for-profit consumer group with over 160,000 members that has been operating since 1971. Our vision is to have quality real ale and thriving pubs in every community.


Media Contact:

CAMRA Press Office: 01727 337863


Notes to editors:

Media invite

Members of the press are invited to CAMRA’s Norwich Beer Festival to meet the editors on Wednesday 26 October from 12-5 pm.

If you are able to attend or speak to the editors about this book, please email


A selection of images is available for press purposes here

If you require other photos e.g. of pubs in your circulation area then please request them directly from the photographer Michael Slaughter on 07766 213240 /

Included pubs

Please find a full list of the pubs included in this latest title below. Please do not publish the list in full. For selections of chapters or more information, please contact


  1. Bedfordshire, Cock, 23 High Street, Broom, Biggleswade, SG18 9NA
  2. Bedfordshire, Crown, East End, Houghton Regis, Dunstable, LU5 5LB
  3. Bedfordshire, Great Northern, 63 Bute Street, Luton, LU1 2EY,
  4. Bedfordshire, Painters Arms, 79 High Town Road, Luton, LU2 0BW
  5. Bedfordshire, Cross Keys, 201 Castle Hill Road, Totternhoe, Dunstable, LU6 2DA
  6. Bedfordshire, Old Farm Inn, 16 Church Road, Totternhoe, Dunstable, LU6 1RE
  7. Cambridgeshire, Champion of the Thames, 68 King Street, Cambridge, CB11LN
  8. Cambridgeshire, White Horse, 103 Great North RoadEaton Socon, St. NeotsPE19 8EL
  9. Cambridgeshire, Blue Ball Inn, 57 BroadwayGrantchester, Cambridge, CB3 9NQ
  10. Cambridgeshire, Market Inn, 10 Market Hill, Huntingdon, PE29 3NJ
  11. Cambridgeshire, Chequers, 71 Main Road, Little Gransden, Sandy, SG19 3DW
  12. Cambridgeshire, Queen’s Head, Fowlmere Road, Newton, Cambridge, CB22 7PG
  13. Cambridgeshire, Hand & Heart, 12 Highbury Street, Peterborough, PE1 3BE
  14. Essex, Old Ship Inn, 58 High Street, Aveley, South Ockendon, RM15 4AD
  15. Essex, Walnut Tree, Broads Green, Broads Green, Chelmsford, CM3 1DT
  16. Essex, Olde White Harte Hotel, The Quay, Burnham-on-Crouch, CM0 8AS
  17. Essex, Bell, 10 St James Street, Castle Hedingham, CO9 3EJ
  18. Essex, Odd One Out, 8 Mersea Road, Colchester, CO2 7ET
  19. Essex, Chequers, 11 Church Street, Goldhanger, Maldon, CM9 8AS
  20. Essex, White Hart, Kings Walk, Grays, RM17 6HR
  21. Essex, White Admiral, 1 Ward Hatch, Harlow, CM20 2NB
  22. Essex, Viper, Mill Green Road, Mill Green, Ingatestone, CM4 0PT
  23. Essex, Leather Bottle, The Street, Pleshey, Chelmsford, CM3 1HG
  24. Essex, Rose & Crown, 42 North Street, Rochford, SS4 1AD
  25. Essex, Queen’s Head, 15 North Street, Tolleshunt D’Arcy, Maldon, CM9 8TF
  26. Hertfordshire, Crown, 17 High Street, Buntingford, SG9 9AB
  27. Hertfordshire, Swan, 25 Park Road, Bushey, WD23 3EE
  28. Hertfordshire, Green Dragon, Flaunden Hill, Flaunden, Hemel Hempstead, HP3 0PP
  29. Hertfordshire, Cross Keys, 39 High Street, Harpenden, AL5 2SD
  30. Hertfordshire, Horse & Groom, 21 Park Street, , Hatfield, , AL9 5AT, 01707 264765,
  31. Hertfordshire, Great Eastern Tavern, 29 Railway Place, Hertford, SG13 7BS
  32. Hertfordshire, White Horse, 33 Castle Street, Hertford, SG14 1HH
  33. Hertfordshire, Plough, Plough Lane, Ley Green, Hitchin, SG4 8LA
  34. Hertfordshire, Farriers Arms, 32–34 Lower Dagnall Street, St. Albans, AL3 4PT
  35. Hertfordshire, White Hart Hotel, 23–25 Holywell Hill, St. Albans, AL1 1EZ
  36. Hertfordshire, Rose & Crown, Trowley Bottom, Flamstead, Albans, AL3 8DP
  37. Hertfordshire, Albion, 12 Crib Street, Ware, SG12 9EX
  38. Norfolk, Wheel of Fortune, Wheel Road, Alpington, Norwich, NR14 7NL
  39. Norfolk, Kings Arms, Westgate Street, Blakeney, Holt, NR25 7NQ
  40. Norfolk, Buckinghamshire Arms, Blickling, Norwich, NR11 6NF
  41. Norfolk, Lord Nelson, Walsingham Road, Burnham Thorpe, King’s Lynn, PE31 8HN
  42. Norfolk, Red Lion Hotel, Tucker Street, Cromer, NR27 9HD
  43. Norfolk, Crown Hotel, 12 Bridge Street, Downham Market, PE38 9DH
  44. Norfolk, Kevill Arms, 67 Church Road, Gorleston, NR31 6LR
  45. Norfolk, Avenue, 43 Beatty Road, Great Yarmouth, Great Yarmouth, NR30 4BW
  46. Norfolk, Coach & Horses, 196 Northgate Street, Great Yarmouth, NR30 1DB
  47. Norfolk, Earle Arms, The Street, Heydon, Norwich, NR11 6AD
  48. Norfolk, Red Lion, East Church Street, Kenninghall, Norwich, NR16 2EP
  49. Norfolk, Angel, Larling, Norwich, NR16 2QU
  50. Norfolk, Adam & Eve, 17 Bishopgate, Norwich, NR3 1RZ
  51. Norfolk, Berstrete Gates, 174 Ber Street, Norwich, NR1 3EN
  52. Norfolk, Gatehouse, 391 Dereham Road, Norwich, NR5 8QJ
  53. Norfolk, Golden Star, 57 Colegate, Norwich, NR3 1DD
  54. Norfolk, Maids Head Hotel, 20 Tombland, Norwich, NR3 1LB
  55. Norfolk, Whalebone, 144 Magdalen Road, Norwich, NR3 4BA
  56. Norfolk, Dunstable Arms, 27 Cromer Road, Sheringham, NR26 8AB
  57. Norfolk, Rose & Crown, Old Church Road, Snettisham, King’s Lynn, PE31 7LX
  58. Norfolk, Swan Inn, 21 Nursery Lane, South Wootton, King’s Lynn, PE30 3NG
  59. Norfolk, Gordon, 88 Gordon Avenue, Thorpe St. Andrew, Norwich, NR7 0DR
  60. Norfolk, Green Dragon, 6 Church Street, Wymondham, NR18 0PH
  61. Suffolk, Cock, Lavenham Road, Brent Eleigh, Sudbury, CO10 9PB
  62. Suffolk, Green Dragon, 29 Broad Street, Bungay, NR35 1EF
  63. Suffolk, Nutshell, 17 The Traverse, Bury St. Edmunds, IP33 1BJ
  64. Suffolk, Rose & Crown, 48 Whiting Street, Bury St. Edmunds, IP331NP
  65. Suffolk, Golden Hind, 470 Nacton Road, Ipswich, IP3 9NF
  66. Suffolk, Margaret Catchpole, Cliff Lane, Ipswich, IP3 0PQ
  67. Suffolk, Woolpack, 1 Tuddenham Road, Ipswich, IP4 2SH
  68. Suffolk, King’s Head (Low House), Gorams Mill Lane, Laxfield, Woodbridge, IP13 8DW
  69. Suffolk, Bull Hotel, Hall Street, Long Melford, Sudbury, CO10 9JG
  70. Suffolk, Jolly Sailor, Quay Street, Orford, Woodbridge, IP12 2NU
  71. Suffolk, Butt & Oyster, Pin Mill, Ipswich, IP9 1JW
  72. Suffolk, Buck, Mill Road, Rumburgh, Halesworth, IP19 0NT
  73. Suffolk, Rose, The Street, Shotley, Ipswich, IP9 1NL
  74. Suffolk, Crown, Bridge Road, Snape, Saxmundham, IP17 1SL
  75. Suffolk, Crown, High Street, Southwold, IP18 6DP
  76. Suffolk, Bell Inn, Ferry Road, Walberswick, Southwold, IP18 6TN