Pub of the Year
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.
Each year, over 200 CAMRA branches select their Pub of the Year. These then go through to the regional competition to select the 16 top pubs, which are then whittled down to four finalists – one of which will become the ultimate winner.
Top Four Finalists
The top four pubs have been announced in the nationwide search for the next National Pub of the Year. Find out more about them below.
The national winner will be announced in February 2020.
The Wonston Arms, Wonston
The Pub of the Year award 2018 was awarded to the Wonston Arms, a small community pub nestled in the heart of a Hampshire village.
The pub was derelict and empty just four years ago. Since its reopening, the pub has focused on benefitting the local community and, as a result, has become an incredibly important asset for local residents, as well as a successful, growing business.
Alongside a selection of carefully kept cask ales and a gin bar of 180 varieties, the Wonston Arms boasts a range of pop-up foodie nights and social events carefully selected to meet local demand. Darts matches, folk music, jazz sessions, quizzes and a photography club all take place regularly, and local food vendors are invited for special fish and chip, pizza and curry nights.
It is also the heart of fundraising for the village and has raised in excess of £25,000 for charitable causes to date.
Central Southern – The Bell, Aldworth
A long-standing pub in CAMRA’s well-respected Good Beer Guide and a former national Pub of the Year winner, this perennial gem is the only pub with a heritage interior in Berkshire. 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.
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.