CAMRA names pub of year regional winners

By Emily Hawkins

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Winners announced: CAMRA has named 16 area champions, which are targeting national glory
Winners announced: CAMRA has named 16 area champions, which are targeting national glory

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The Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) has named its top pub for each region in the UK, as competitors vie for the title of national pub of the year.

Branch volunteers selected the 16 winning pubs, with factors including decor, atmosphere and the quality of ale contributing to their success.

The winners will soon be narrowed down to four super-regional champions, and the overall pub of the year announced in early 2019.

The pubs are listed in the 46th edition of the group’s Good Beer Guide​, which noted​ a resurgence of independent breweries.

Huge honour

Andrea Briers, national pub of the year co-ordinator said: “It is a huge honour to be selected as one of the top 16 pubs in the country, as well as being featured in the Good Beer Guide​.

“A great deal of time and effort goes into deciding which pub from each region should go forward into the next round.

“The competition really gets difficult now as these pubs will compete against one another to be named one of the top four in the country.

“Last year’s national winner, the Cricketers Arms in St Helens, Merseyside, enjoyed a huge boost in its popularity from visitors near and far, and all of the competing pubs will hope to secure national recognition from the competition.”

The full list of finalists

Central Southern - Nag’s Head, Reading, Berkshire

East Anglia - Chequers, Little Gransden, Cambridgeshire

East Midlands - White Hart, Bargate, Derbyshire

Greater London - Little Green Dragon, Enfield, north London

Greater Manchester - Flying Horse, Rochdale

Kent - the Lanes, Dover

Merseyside - Cricketers Arms, St Helens, Merseyside

North East - Golden Smog, Stockton-on-Tees, County Durham

Scotland and Northern Ireland - Volunteer Arms (Staggs), Musselburgh, south-east Scotland

South West - Fleece Inn, Hillesley, Gloucestershire

Surrey and Sussex - Surrey Oaks, Newdigate, Surrey

Wales - Bridge End Inn, Ruabon, north Wales

Wessex and the Channel Islands - Wonston Arms, Wonston, Hampshire

West Midlands - Fountain Inn, Leek, Staffordshire

West Pennines - Little Bare, Morecambe, Lancashire

Yorkshire - George & Dragon, Hudswell, North Yorkshire

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