CAMRA names 16 best pubs in UK

By Gary Lloyd

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Four of the finalists: Horse & Jockey, Larkin's Alehouse, Mold Alehouse and Olaf's Tun
Four of the finalists: Horse & Jockey, Larkin's Alehouse, Mold Alehouse and Olaf's Tun

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The best 16 pubs in the UK have been named by the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) with all having the chance to become the organisation’s Pub of the Year 2022.

As part of CAMRA’s Summer of Pub initiative, the competition has been on hold over the past two years due to Covid restrictions with the previous winner being the Bell Inn in Aldworth, Berkshire, in 2019.

The finalists have been judged on atmosphere, decor, welcome, service, inclusivity, overall impression, but most importantly – the quality of live beer, real cider and perry. The overall winner will be announced on 30 November 2022.

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Commercial Inn, Fifteen at St Annes, Heaven & Ale and Hop Inn

National co-ordinator for Pub of the Year Andrea Briers said: “This is an incredibly difficult time for many of our beloved pubs as they jump from one crisis to yet another one. The fact that we’re still seeing such shining examples of pub excellence despite these challenges is incredible, and a real testament to these winners.

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The Bell, Pelican Inn, Real Crafty and Tamworth Tap

“I’d encourage everyone to go out and support their local and even seek out these fantastic pubs in your area – they really are the cream of the crop and uphold the very highest standards of what makes a great pub.”

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The Hornet Alehouse, the King's Head, the Magazine Hotel and the Station House

The 16 regional winners are:

  • Central Southern - Bell, Waltham St Lawrence
  • East Anglia - Kings Head, Norwich
  • East Midlands - Horse & Jockey, Stapleford
  • Greater London - Hop Inn, Hornchurch
  • Greater Manchester - Real Crafty, Wigan
  • Kent - Larkins Alehouse, Cranbook
  • Merseyside/Cheshire - Magazine Hotel, New Brighton
  • North-east - Station House, Durham
  • Scotland & Northern Ireland - Commercial Inn, Dunfermline
  • South-west - Pelican Inn, Gloucester
  • Surrey & Sussex - Hornet Alehouse, Chichester
  • Wales - Mold Ale House, Mold
  • Wessex - Olaf’s Tun Craft Ale Bar, Woolston, Southampton
  • West Midlands - Tamworth Tap, Tamworth
  • West Pennines - Fifteens at St. Anne's, Lytham St Annes
  • Yorkshire - Heaven & Ale, Barnsley

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