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CAMRA unveils 10 pubs steeped in history for back-to-school

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CAMRA members from across the country have shared their recommendations on the best pubs to visit for any history buff as part of its ‘Summer of Pub’ campaign.

With pubs ranging from Grade-II listed heritage pubs to views across the village green, there is something to titillate any history buff’s taste buds. With a promise of fantastic cask ale at each, these pubs make history fun again just in time for back-to-school.

The recommendations form part of CAMRA’s Summer of Pub campaign, which has seen hundreds of pubs organise events to showcase what they have to offer, ranging from special screenings of the Women’s World Cup to quiz nights and theatre events. In return, CAMRA’s nearly 200,000 members have galvanised to publicise and promote events within their local communities.

Ben Wilkinson, CAMRA’s National Director said: “Pubs are often at the heart of local history, but these pubs all demonstrate our nation’s rich cultural heritage in a particularly interesting and unique way.

“While most people value the role community pubs play, not everyone is aware of the huge financial pressures that they face and the threats to their survival. Our Summer of Pub campaign aims to show what pubs have to offer and remind people how important the great British pub is to communities. From special screenings of the Women’s World Cup to comedy evenings, beer tastings or special talks, pubs have pulled out all the stops to celebrate this summer and provide something for everyone.”

CAMRA’s recommendations include:

  1. Albion Ale House, Conwy, Wales – a Grade II Listed heritage pub with a nationally important historic interior, each room retains original 1920s features and several have amazing fireplaces. There is no music, TV or fruit machines.

  2. Captain Ridley’s Shooting Party, Bletchley – a stone’s throw away from Bletchley Park, the home of the Code Breakers in WWII, this dismal old roadhouse pub has been refurbished by Wetherspoon to a high standard. Its unusual name was the “cover story” used by the Government Code & Cypher School when checking the old mansion and estate for their possible use.

  3. Crown, Belfast – a masterpiece in pub architecture and a real ale delight. The six handpumps regularly serve Nicholson’s Pale Ale and a mixture of local and national ales. A must-visit venue for visitors to Belfast.

  4. George Inn, Norton St Philip – a Grade I listed building situated in an idyllic setting with beautiful views across the local village green and 14th-century church.

  5. Sheep Heid Inn, Edinburgh – situated in one of the most exclusive areas of the city, this historic pub, dating from the 14th century, has been beautifully restored to retain its intimate past with dark wood panelling to the fore.

  6. Staghunters Inn, Exmoor – nestled in the valley at Brendon on the edge of Exmoor, it is the perfect location for exploring areas of outstanding beauty and the Devon Coast. There is a 14th century medieval chapel in the middle of the pub.

  7. Three Stags Head Inn, Wardlow Mires near Tideswell – something of a legendary rural pub which is featured in CAMRA’s National Inventory of unspoilt pub interiors. There are two small rooms with real fireplaces, usually with dogs in front of the door.

  8. Trent Bridge Inn, Nottingham – following a £1m+ refurbishment by JD Wetherspoon, this prominent Victorian corner pub reopened in 2011 to much acclaim. The interior comprises a number of interconnected, warm wood-panelled rooms filled with cosy booths, comfy sofas, an open fireplace and an array of mainly cricket-themed sporting memorabilia.

  9. Victoria Inn, Durham – a warm and welcoming Grade II listed Victorian pub that has remained almost unaltered since it was built in 1899. The quaint decor, coal fires, cosy snug and a genuine Victorian cash drawer help create an old-world feel.

  10. Yew Tree, Cauldon, Stoke-on-Trent – undoubtedly one of the most historically interesting pubs in the UK, packed with antiques and curios of every conceivable genre.

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