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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 2023 Announced

CAMRA is very happy to announce that the Tamworth Tap in Tamworth, West Midlands has won a second consecutive National Pub of the Year title.

2023 Champion:

The Tamworth Tap, Tamworth

The impressive brewpub has been named the best pub in the UK for a second consecutive year in CAMRA’s national Pub of the Year competition.

The Tamworth Tap in Tamworth is housed in an elegant building, with Tudor features in the cosy upstairs room and a historic courtyard beer terrace that offers striking views of Tamworth Castle. It went from empty premises to an iconic brewpub in less than five years, and today boasts eight handpulls, including at least one Tamworth ale brewed on site. A ‘CAMRA corner’ at the bottom of the stairs includes a rare, complete set of Good Beer Guides.

Themed events regularly take place in this bustling brewpub, including ‘paint and sip’ sessions, film screenings and comedy nights. The courtyard features regular live music with local performers and its weekly ‘Sunday Session. It also hosts events such as bat watch evenings, beer tasting sessions, an annual Wassailing ceremony and supports a wide-range of community initiatives across the town. The in-house ‘Tap Times’ lists local happenings and forthcoming events. 

The judges described the pub as “An excellent example of a pub at the centre of its community that supports a wide variety of diverse local activity groups, with knowledgeable, helpful staff to help you find a real ale or cider to suit your taste.

2023 Runners Up

Kings Head, East Anglia

Beer Engine, Skipton

A well-established micropub with six handpumps. Extended in 2022, the bar now includes craft keg fonts.

Horse and Jockey, East Midlands

Nelson Arms, Tonbridge  

A range of six to eight beers – and up to 15 ciders – across a range of styles  is usually served. 

Kings Head, East Anglia

Trafalgar Hotel, Ramsey, Isle of Man

A long-standing real ale pub on the harbour, now owned by Odin and usually serving four of the brewery’s beers plus two guests.