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Pub Design Awards

About the Award 

Our annual Pub Design Awards are held in conjunction with Historic England and recognise the highest standards of architecture in the refurbishment and conservation of existing pubs as well as in the construction of new ones. They are judged by a panel of experts in design and conservation.

This year’s winners have been announced! 

Find out more below

Brewpoint, Bedford

New Build

This category assesses newly built pubs. They might reflect its past or it could be completely modern.

Boleyn Tavern

Community Local Award (formerly the Joe Goodwin Award)

Named after the late CAMRA chair Joe Goodwin, the award is reserved for outstanding refurbished street-corner locals.

Coach & Horses, Barnburgh

Historic England Conservation

Sponsored by Historic England, this award is usually given for work which conserves what is good in the pub to ensure its future for generations.

King's Arms, Dorchester

Refurbishment

Refurbishment can range from a complete gutting and replacement to enhancing the design of what was originally in the pub. 

Historic England Award for Conservation

Joint Winner: Castle, Macclesfield

The Castle, Macclesfield had been closed since January 2015 when acquired by the current owner, Branching Out Two Ltd DCPS, and was in very poor condition. A leaking roof had caused the partial collapse of one of the most impressive features, the ornate ceiling in the front lounge.

Historic features throughout, including the missing sections of the ceiling of the front lounge, were carefully repaired and replicated by the company’s team of skilled craftsmen.  Rewiring, a new heating system and the rebuilding of a previously unsupported chimney were also necessary whilst leaving original features undisturbed. Expansion of the accommodation for the public, alongside maintaining the feel of the historic core of the pub, has given a new lease of life to a building that was apparently destined for permanent closure. 

Historic England Award for Conservation

Joint Winner: Coach & Horses, Barnburgh

The Coach & Horses, Barnburgh was built in 1937 for local brewers Whitworth, Son & Nephew. After years of decline it finally closed, apparently for good, before being purchased in 2020 by the current owners the Don Valley Brewery. They have carefully restored the historic features of the pub, including the fine set of sliding sash screens on the bar which have Whitworth’s ‘sheaf’ trademark in stained glass.   

Modern plywood fronts masking original bar counters and lino covering the original floors have been removed to reveal them. Alterations to update the pub’s facilities, such as the conversion of the redundant off-licence to a kitchenette, have been carried out with great care. The result is a pub which, again, has been given a new lease of life, and is back at the centre of village life.   

Refurbishment Award

Winner: King’s Arms, Dorchester, Dorset

The King’s Arms in Dorchester, Dorset has accommodated many important visitors, as well as featuring in the novels of Thomas Hardy. It had been closed for some time and was in a very poor condition when acquired by its current owners, the Stay Original Company, in 2016.  

The major refurbishment, which has seen careful repair and conservation of historic fixtures and fittings, and careful integration of new ones, was led by interior design team Origin, in conjunction with architects Mackenzie Wheeler (conservation). The building has been carefully and sympathetically updated and has made a major contribution to the revival of Dorchester’s historic High Street.   

Refurbishment Award

Highly Commended: Bleeding Wolf, Scholars Green, Cheshire

The Bleeding Wolf in Scholar Green, Cheshire is designed in a distinctive vernacular style, with an impressive, thatched roof and much internal wood panelling and attractive tilework. However, the building was looking a little tired and run down when its owners, Robinson’s brewery of Stockport, embarked on a refurbishment costing in excess of £800k.   

Working with architects Allison Pike, interior features have been carefully conserved, while subtle alterations have been made to the interior plan to fit it for use in the 21st century. The most impressive new feature is an extension providing an attractive new entrance from the car park to the rear.   

New Build Award 

Joint Winner: Brewpoint, Bedford

Brewpoint, Bedford is the local brewers Wells & Co’s flagship new state-of-the art, multi-functional building at the gateway to the town. The principal architects BHB have created what appears to be an industrial building, reflecting one of its functions as a working brewhouse. The production side of the building is not hidden away, but proudly displayed.  

Contrasting with the ‘industrial’ exterior, the light and airy interior, to the designs of Melling Ridgeway & Partners, offers a wide range of spaces on a couple of floors and the use of recycled metal and wood creates interest. Judges were particularly impressed by the extensive use of copper, a metal traditionally much used in brewing plant.   

New Build Award 

Joint Winner: Crown Wharf, Stone

After a gap of some 40 years, the name of Joule’s has returned to the town, and to a site close to where its predecessor brewed until the 1970s. The company, working with architect Jim Entwistle of Bleazard and Galletta, have taken their inspiration from historic canal side warehouses.   

The new taphouse is a robust building, built of traditional brick, making much use of reclaimed materials and fittings in the interior fit-out. The large central hall continues the warehouse theme, with smaller, more intimate spaces opening off it with a more ‘pubby’ feel. An impressive staircase leads up to a first-floor function room and will eventually give access to a space which is being fitted up as a theatre.   

The Community Local Award (formerly the Joe Goodwin Award)

Winner: Boleyn Tavern, East Ham

The Boleyn Tavern in East Ham was an elaborate ‘gin palace’ built in 1899, which was long the venue for the pre-match pint for West Ham supporters on their way to the nearby ground. With the team moving away to a new home, the pub, like the surrounding area, went into decline.

The original seven bars have been restored, with the recreation of the glazed partitions between them using traditional materials and techniques. Surviving features have been carefully repaired; the billiard room to the rear of the building, with its spectacular stained-glass skylight, is particularly impressive. This room is now used for dining, with an open kitchen incorporated against the back wall. 

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