Pub of the Year
Pub of the Year update
In light of the restrictions posed by the Coronavirus pandemic, CAMRA has made the decision to cancel the super-regional and final rounds of this year’s Pub of the Year competition.
Restrictions are starting to ease but the future of many pubs remains uncertain. Furthermore, the health, safety, and wellbeing of everyone involved in the competition is of paramount importance and judges will not visit the pubs until it is safe to do so.
Our pubs need all the support and promotion they can get, and we are encouraging everyone to support them in whatever way they feel comfortable to do so. We are also encouraging our branches to proceed with presenting branch awards at a suitable time to generate much-needed media coverage for these shining examples of fantastic pubs and some regions have indicated that they may be able to present regional awards before the end of the year.
We hope to resume judging as normal in 2022.
About the Award
CAMRA’s National Pub of the Year is the annual competition to find the very best pub in the UK. We’ve been highlighting the best pubs in the country since 1988, and the competition helps to showcase quality pubs around the UK that are worth seeking out and visiting. It’s all about finding the cream of the crop and the best place for you to enjoy a pint of real ale. Some may also have good quality real cider or perry for you to sample.
Pub of the Year 2019 Winner Announced
Over 200 CAMRA branches voted to select their Pub of the Year. These then went through to the regional competition to select the top 16 pubs.
Of those 16, four finalists were chosen – now a final winner has been announced. Read about the Pub of the Year and the runners up below.
The Bell Inn, Aldworth
The Pub of the Year award 2019 was awarded to The Bell in Aldworth, Berkshire. A perennial gem that has been in the family for 250 years, it is the only pub in Berkshire with a Grade-II listed interior.
The Bell Inn last scooped the award three decades ago, when it was run by the current owner’s parents, Heather and Ian Macaulay. Its name refers to bells which were part of the coat of arms of the traditional landowners. The large open garden and excellent beer attract walkers and drinkers from far and wide.
CAMRA’s Pub of the Year organiser Ben Wilkinson said: “The judges were impressed with how a stranger entering the pub was treated like a regular straight away. It’s clear that the local customers use the pub as a community centre as well as a place to drink, and the warm welcome and knowledgeable staff made us feel right at home. Nothing can beat the combination of good beer, great food and warm heritage pub.”
2019 Runners Up
East Anglia – Red Lion, Preston
This attractive free house stands on the village green and is the first community-owned pub in Great Britain. There is an ever-changing list of beers including many from small breweries. Ray and Jo prepare the fresh home-made food, sourcing their ingredients locally. The pub also hosts the village cricket teams and fundraises for charity.
West Pennines – Swan With Two Necks, Pendleton
An outstanding and recently renovated traditional pub. Five constantly changing ales and one real cider are served and discounts are available for CAMRA members. Delicious home-cooked food is also served with many high quality specialised local dishes. Plenty of outdoor seating plus lovely open fires for when the weather grows colder.
Yorkshire – George & Dragon, Hudswell
A pleasant walk from Richmond brings you to the pub’s large beer terrace with fantastic panoramic views over the Swale valley. Rescued by the community in 2010 and refurbished, it boasts its own library, shop, allotments and other community facilities as well as food and drink. Beers are mostly from Yorkshire breweries and a dark ale is always available.