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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.

Nominate a Pub

The work on entries should have been completed in the period between 1 January 2018 and 30 June 2019.

Entries for the 2019 Pub Design Awards are now closed. 

Refurbishment Award

Highly Commended: The Sekforde Arms, London

The Sekforde has been in operation since 1829. It remained open without a break for 176 years until it was temporarily closed for a much-needed re-development to restore the pub to its former glory.

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.


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

Conversion to Pub Use

When an existing building is converted to pub use. Pubs are judged on the taste and restraint used on the outside and inside of the pub.

New Build

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

Joe Goodwin Award

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

All previous winners

Find more information on all our winners to date.

Historic England Award for Conservation

Winner: The Coopers Tavern, Burton-on-Trent

The Coopers Tavern has long been considered an institution in Burton, but which had become rather run down through regular changes in ownership and management. Originally the shopfront for Bass Imperial Stout in the 1800s, Joules Brewery was responsible for the careful conservation of the furnished interior and expansion into previously private spaces to create new rooms which share the character of the originals.

Refurbishment Award

Winner: The Pilot Boat, Lyme Regis

The refurbishment project kicked off in 2015 when Palmers Brewery decided to bring the tired and dated Pilot Boat Inn into the modern era. Putting together a plan to retain the charms of the old pub whilst creating a fresh and modernised space for warm summer evenings and pub lunches, the Pilot Boat has become the perfect place to retreat after a long walk on the beach or a meal in the bar.

Conversion to Pub Use Award

Joint Winner: The Slaughterhouse, Guernsey 

Originally built in 1887, the Slaughterhouse is a protected building occupying a prominent position on the town seafront. It served Guernsey for over 125 years as a slaughterhouse until 2013 and was reopened in 2017 with a finished design that artfully retains the historic features of the Victorian slaughterhouse.

Conversion to Pub Use Award

Joint Winner: The Royal Pavilon in Ramsgate

A striking example of seaside architecture, this Grade II listed building had been one of the most at-risk Victorian/Edwardian buildings in Kent. It was built in 1903 but fell into serious disrepair following its closure in 2008. Both interior and exterior have been skillfully smartened up and the pub boasts fantastic views across the sea.

Joe Goodwin Award (best street-corner local)

Winner: The Cardigan Arms, Leeds

A substantial late Victorian pub, the Cardigan Arms was designed by Leeds architect Thomas Winn and boasts an impressive multi-room interior. However, it has struggled in recent years due to lack of investment and a changing demographic in the area. It was saved from closure by Steve Holt of Kirkstall Brewery who decided to acquire the building and refurbish it.

Conversion to Pub Use Award 

Highly Commended: The Draughtsman Alehouse, Doncaster

What was once an unused 6mx4m unit filled with general clutter at Doncaster rail station has been innovatively transformed into a bustling micropub on platform 3b, while still showing off its many original features.

Conversion to Pub Use Award 

Highly Commended: The Butcher’s Hook, Gloucestershire

The former butcher’s shop dates back to the mid-17th century and boasts a Grade-II listing, however, it was left empty and derelict for two years and required significant structural modifications to turn it into a functioning pub, including an extension to the back.

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