The top 16 pubs have been announced in the nationwide search for the next National Pub of the Year; the overall winner will be revealed in February 2020. Pub-goers are encouraged to visit these pubs over the weekend to celebrate the achievement.
Each of the contenders highlights something unique about Britain’s pub scene. They range from bustling micropubs to traditional coaching inns. The announcement comes ahead of the final summer bank holiday in England, Wales and Northern Ireland (26 August), providing a fantastic opportunity for pub-goers to seek out noteworthy pubs this weekend.
Ben Wilkinson, CAMRA’s National Director said: “The top 16 contenders boast the perfect mix of the essential characteristics which make a great pub – great service, a welcoming atmosphere, fantastic decor, great value for money and most importantly, quality real ale.
“As our Summer of Pub initiative comes to a close, we’d like to encourage the nation’s beer drinkers to seek out these extraordinary pubs this weekend, which have been individually judged by our volunteers, ensuring a high degree of impartiality and integrity in their nomination.
“These pubs will now compete in the next round of the competition, hoping to be named one of the four super-regional finalists – and stay in with a chance of becoming the overall winner. I wish them all the very best of luck!”
The announcement comes just two weeks ahead of the publication of CAMRA’s annual Good Beer Guide, which identifies the very best pubs serving real ale across the country. Pre-orders are now available for 12 September at shop.camra.org.uk
The final announcement of the National Pub of the Year will take place in February 2020. A full list of winners below.
Central Southern – Bell, Aldworth, Berkshire
East Anglia – Red Lion, Preston, Hertfordshire
Greater Manchester – Flying Horse Hotel, Rochdale
London – Hope, Carshalton
North East – Grey Horse, Consett
Scotland & Northern Ireland – Bridge Inn, Peebles
South West – Tom Cobley, Spreyton, Devon
Surrey / Sussex – Hornet, Chichester, Sussex
Wessex – The Firkin Shed, Bournemouth
West Midlands – Prince of Wales, Shrewsbury
West Pennines – Swan with Two Necks, Pendleton, Lancashire
Yorkshire – George & Dragon, Hudswell