CAMRA Pub Design Award winners unveiled

By Rebecca Weller

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Pub Design Awards: CAMRA reveals 2023 winners (Pictured: Cadogan Arms in London)
Pub Design Awards: CAMRA reveals 2023 winners (Pictured: Cadogan Arms in London)

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The Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) has revealed the winners of its Pub Design Awards.

Ranging from refurbishments to new builds, the awards recognise innovative projects of architecture, design and conservation in pubs across the country,

CAMRA announced its five winners and four “highly commended” sites on Friday 1 September and will host a celebratory presentation at the Cadogan Arms in London, which won in the refurbishment category of the awards, on Tuesday 5 September.

Pub excellence 

The celebration will take place during the consumer organisation’s Summer of Pub campaign, which aims to promote pub-going post-pandemic while raising a glass to the nation’s locals.   

CAMRA awards director Laura Emson said: “We hope beer-lovers across the country will seek out these examples of excellence and plan visits to them whether they are local or just visiting.

“It has been an incredibly difficult few years for the pub industry, so let’s all support our locals this year and raise a glass to these shining examples in pub excellence.” 

Shining examples

Last week CAMRA announced the 16 regional winners of both its National Pub of the Year ​and Club of the Year ​competitions, with finalists in both awards now put forward for the national accolade.

National Coordinator for the Club of the Year competition Phil Gregg said: “These amazing venues are a vital part of communities across the UK, promoting social well-being in their local areas and providing an important hub for local residents. 

“All pubs and clubs have faced many challenges since the pandemic, with the cost-of-living crisis, soaring business rates and energy costs.

“These shining examples are a real testament to their determination, professionalism and support for their communities.” 

CAMRA Pub Design Awards 2023:

New Build:
  • Winner: Strawberry Thief in Swindon  
Conversion to Pub Use Award:  
  • Winner: Turk's Head in Exeter
  • Highly commended: Matlock in Matlock 
  • Highly commended: Fourth Fiend in Meltham
  • Winner: Cadogan Arms in London  
  • Highly commended: The George, London
Historic England Conservation Award:
  • Winner: Black Lion in London
  • Highly commended: Spread Eagle in London
Community Local:
  • Winner: Gordon Arms in Bedford

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