Wednesday, 10 April 2013

CAMRA announces the UK’s Top 150 Local Real Ale Pubs

To help raise the profile of pubs and pub-going as part of Community Pubs Month, CAMRA, the Campaign for Real Ale, is releasing a list of the UK’s Top 150 Local Real Ale Pubs.
The local award winning pubs are selected by CAMRA’s local branch members, who vote for their winning pub based on customer service, value for money, decor, customer mix, atmosphere and, of course, the quality of the beer!
Top 150 Local Real Ale Pubs*
Central Southern:
The Farmer's Bar at The King's Head, Aylesbury, HP20 2RW
Aylesbury Vale & Wycombe
Jack o’Newbury, Bracknell, RG42 5PH
Berkshire South East
Red Lion, Marsworth, HP23 4LU
Mid Chilterns
The Lamb, Stoke Goldington, MK16 8NR
Milton Keynes & N Bucks
Chequers Inn, Chipping Norton, OX7 5NP
North Oxfordshire
Far from the Madding Crowd, Oxford, OX1 2BY
Oxford (City)
Brewery Tap, Abingdon, OX14 5BZ
Oxford (Rural)
The Nags Head, Reading, RG1 7XD
Reading & Mid-Berks
Carpenters Arms, Windsor,  SL4 1PB
Slough Windsor & Maidenhead
The Bear at Home Inn, North Moreton, OX11 9AT
South Oxfordshire
The Bell Inn, Aldworth, RG8 9SE
West Berkshire
The Shoulder of Mutton, Wantage, OX12 8AX
White Horse

East Anglia:

Flying Pig, Cambridge, CB2 1LQ
The Compasses Inn, Littley Green, CM3 1BU
Chelmsford & Mid Essex
Victoria Inn, Colchester, CO1 1RB
Colchester & North East Essex
The March Hare, Dunton, SG18 8RN
East Bedfordshire
Townhouse Pub, Ely, CB7 4LS
Ely & District
The Rising Sun, High Wych, CM21 0HZ
Herts/Essex Borders
Ye Olde Sun, St Neots, PE19 1BL
Fat Cat, Ipswich, IP4 5NL
Ipswich & East Suffolk
The Prince of Wales, Stowe Maries, CM3 6SA
Maldon and Dengie
Cherry Tree, Yaxley,  IP23 8BH
Mid Anglia (Sub branch)
The Devonshire Arms, Bedford, MK40 3TB
North Bedfordshire
The Oddfellows, Pakefield, NR33 7AU
North East Suffolk
Orange Tree, Baldock, SG7 5AW
North Hertfordshire
Bell Inn, Wendens Ambo,  CB11 4JY
North West Essex
Lock Inn, Geldeston, NR34 0HS
Norwich & Norfolk
The Queen's Head Inn, Bulwick, NN17 3DY
The Albion, Ampthill, MK45 2JT
South Bedfordshire
Olde Trout Tavern, Southend on Sea, SS1 1NX
South East Essex
Woodman, Wild Hill, AL9 6EA
South Hertfordshire
Rising Sun, Stanford-le-Hope,  SS17 0EU
South West Essex
Old Lifeboat House, Clacton-on-Sea, CO15 6AD
The Angel Inn, Larling, NR16 2QT
West Norfolk
The Dove, Bury St Edmunds, IP33 3JU
West Suffolk & Borders

East Midlands:

Black Bulls Head, Belper, DE56 0SF
Amber Valley
Old Poets Corner, Ashover, S45 0EW
The Dewdrop Inn, Ilkeston, DE7 5TE
Erewash Valley
Tha Half Moon, Willingham by Stow, DN21 5JZ
The Five Bells, Claypole, NG23 5BJ
The Yarborough Hotel, Grimsby, DN31 1JN
Grimsby & North East Lincs
Queens Head, Hinkley, LE10 1RJ
Hinckley and Bosworth Branch
The Jolly Brewer, Lincoln, LN2 5AE
Gas Lamp Lounge, Louth, LN11 7AD
The Devonshire Arms, South Normanton, DE55 2AA
Mansfield and Ashfield (Derbys.)
The Forest Lodge, Edwinstowe, NG21 9QA
Mansfield and Ashfield (Notts.)

The Boat, Melton Mowbray, LE13 1AF
Melton Mowbray & District
Wig and Pen, Northampton,  NN1 1JA
The Horse & Jockey, Stapleford, NG9 8AA
Royal Oak, Snitterby, DN21 4TP
Scunthorpe & District
Rose and Crown, Hove, LE14 4JE
Vale of Belvoir (Leicestershire)
Staunton Arms, Staunton, NG13 9PE
Vale of Belvoir (Nottinghamshire)

Greater London

Grape & Grain, Crystal Palace, SE19 2AA
The Old Fountain, City of London, EC1V 9NU
East London & City
The Olde Mitre, London, EC1N 6SJ
Enfield & Barnet
Tapping the Admiral, London, NW1 8SU
North London
Sussex Arms, Twickenham, TW2 5BG
Richmond & Hounslow
Catford Bridge Tavern, Catford, SE6 4RE
South East London
Eagle Ale House, Battersea,  SW11 6HG
South West London
Sportsman, Rickmansworth, WD3 3AD
Watford & District
Churchill Arms, London, W8 7LN
West London
The Fox, Hanwell, W7 2PJ
West Middlesex

Greater Manchester

The Victoria and Albert, Horwich, BL6 7AF
The Stalybridge Buffet Bar, Stalybridge, SK15 1RF
High Peak & North East Cheshire
Park Hotel, Monton, M30 9QD
North Manchester
The Baum, Rochdale, OL12 0NU
Rochdale Oldham & Bury
Jolly Nailor, Atherton,  M46 0DN
South-East Lancashire
Nursery, Stockport, SK4 2NA
Stockport & South Manchester
Costello's, Altrincham, WA14 1D
Trafford & Hulme
The Berkeley, Wigan, WN1 1LD


The Bell, Ivychurch, TN29 0AL
Ashford Folkestone & Romney Marsh
Robin Hood & Little John, Bexleyheath, DA6 8PF
The Foundry Brewpub, Canterbury, CT1 2RU
Canterbury  Herne Bay & Whitstable
The Berry, Walmer, CT14 7EQ
Deal  Dover  & Sandwich
George & Dragon, Swanscombe, DA10 OLQ
Gravesend & Darent Valley Branch
The Flower Pot, Maidstone, ME14 2RJ
Maidstone & Mid Kent
Three Hats, Sittingbourne, ME10 2AR
Montefiore Arms, Ramsgate, Kent CT11 7HJ
The Halfway House, Brenchley, TN12 7AX
West Kent


The Prospect Inn, Cheshire WA7 4LD
Freshfield Hotel, Formby,  L37 7BD (Merseyside branch)
Liverpool & Districts
 The Wharf, Macclesfield, SK11 7AW
Macclesfield & East Cheshire
Helter Skelter, Frodsham, WA6 6PN
North Cheshire
The Borough Arms, Crewe, CW1 2BG
South Cheshire
Hop Vine, Burscough,  L40 4BY
Southport & West Lancs
Clock Face, Prescot,  L34 3LL
St Helens
Gallaghers, Birkenhead, CH41 5DQ 

North East

The Quaker House, Darlington, DL3 7QF
Tap and Spile, Framwellgate Moor, DH1 5EE
Boathouse Inn, Wylam, NE41 8HR
The Isis, Sunderland, SR1 3QJ
Sunderland & South Tyneside
Free Trade Inn, Byker,  NE6 1AP

Scotland and Northern Ireland

Village Inn, Fairlie,  KA29 0AL
Ayrshire & Wigtownshire
The Cobbles Inn, Kelso, TD5 7JH
Edinburgh & South East Scotland
Tappit Hen, Dunblane,  FK15 0AL
Forth Valley
State Bar, Glasgow, G2 4NG
Glasgow & West of Scotland
Benleva Hotel,  Drumnadrochit, IV63 6UH
Highlands & Western Isles
The Central Bar, St Andrews, KY16 9NU
Kingdom Of Fife
The Crown Liquor Saloon, BT2 7BA
Northern Ireland
Callums Bar, Johnstone, PA5 8AH
The Phoenix, Dundee, DD1 4DH

Surrey and Sussex

The Gardeners Arms, Sompting, BN15 0AR

Arun and Adur
Surrey Oaks, Newdigate, RH5 5DZ
East & Mid Surrey
Willoughby Arms, Kingston upon Thames, KT2 6LN
Running Horse, Leatherhead,  KT22 8BZ
Happy Man, Englefield, TW20 0QS
North Surrey
Jolly Tanners, Staplefield, RH17 6EF
North Sussex
The Dolphin Inn, Hastings Old Town, TN34 3DW 
South East Sussex
Prince of Wales, Farnborough, GU14 8AL
Surrey/Hants Borders
Wilkes' Head, Eastergate, PO20 3UT
Western Sussex

South West

The Raven, Bath, BA1 1HE
Bath & Borders
The Plough, Congresbury, BS49 5JA
Bristol & District
Star Inn, Crowlas,  TR20 8DX
Old Spot, Dursley,  GL11 4JQ
The Ship and Pilot, Ilfracombe, EX34 9EE
North Devon
Crossways Inn, West Huntspill, TA9 3RA
Brewers Arms, Lewes, BN7 1XN
Brighton and South Downs
Red Lion, Marsworth, HP23 4LU
Swindon & North Wiltshire


Albion Ale House, Conwy, LL32 8FA.
Druid Inn, Goginan, SY23 3NT
Bae Ceredigion
The Star, Talybont on Usk, LD3 7YX
Gwaelod Y Garth Inn, South Glamorgan, CF15 9HH
Cardiff Branch
The Queens Hotel, Carmarthen, SA31 1JR
Coach and Horses, Chepstow, NP16 LN (Urban)
Star Inn, LLanfihangel Tor-y Mynydd, NP15 1DT (Rural)
Snowdonia Parc Brewpub, Waunfawr, LL55 4AQ
Gwynedd A Mon
Boar's Head, Tyla Garw, Pontyclun, CF72 9EZ
Mid Glamorgan
The Sportsman, Newtown,  SY16 2AQ
Taberna Inn, Herbrandston, SA73 3TD
The Fox, Ysceifiog, CH8 8NJ
Vale of Clwyd
The Cross Inn, Cwmfelin, CF349LB  
Vale of Glamorgan


Branksome Railway Hotel, Poole, BH12 1DQ (City)
East Dorset
Woodpecker, Spetisbury, DT11 9DJ (Rural)
East Dorset
 Railway Arms, Alton,  GU34 2RB
East Hampshire
Waggon and Horses, Hartley Witney, RG27 8NY
North Hampshire
Winchester Gate,  Salisbury, SP1 1JA
Salisbury & South Wiltshire
Black Horse, West Tytherley, SP5 1NF
South Hampshire
Tom Browns, Dorchester, DT1 1HU
West Dorset (City)
Three Elms Inn, North Wooton, DT9 5JW
West Dorset (Rural)

West Midlands

Royal Oak, Barton-under-Needwood, DE13 8JD
Burton-on-Trent & South Derbyshire
The Red Cow, Lower Gornal, DY3 2PR
Dudley & South Staffordshire
The Sun Inn, Stafford, ST17 4JX
Heart of Staffordshire
The Barrels, Hereford, HR1 2JQ
Hollybush, Stourport-on-severn, DY13 9AA
Kidderminster (Sub Branch)
The Holy Inadequate, Stoke-on-Trent, ST1 5PE
The Weighbridge, Alvechurch, B48 7SQ
Redditch & Bromsgrove
Seven Stars, Rugby, CV21 2SH
The Vaults, Knowle, B93 0JU
Solihull & District
The Cross Keys Hotel, Hednesford, WS12 2DN
The Duke Of Cambridge, Short Heath, WV12 5QD

West Pennines

Strawberry Gardens, Fleetwood,  FY7 6TF
Blackpool Fylde & Wyre
The Leyland Lion,  Leyland, PR25 2SA
Central Lancashire
Manor Arms, Broughton-In-Furness,  LA20 6HY
Agricultural, Penrith, CA11 7JE
Middle Ruddings, Braithwaite, CA12 5RY
West Cumbria
The Midland Hotel, Appleby, CA16 6TS


The Old No7, Barnsley, S70 2PX
Rat Race Ale House, Hartlepool, TS24 7ED
The Salutation, Doncaster,  DN1 2DR
New Inn, Roberttown, WF15 7NP
Heavy Woollen District
The Boltmakers Arms, Keighley, BD21 5HX
Keighley & Craven
Old Cock, Otley, LS21 1AA
The fox & hounds, West Witton, DL8 4LP
North West Yorkshire
The Beehive, Harthill, S26
The Junction, Castleford, WF10 1EE
Ferry Boat Inn , Thorganby,  YO19 6DD

The majority of these winning pubs will now move forward to CAMRA’s Regional Pub of the Year competition (announced in September) with the winner of that award standing a chance of winning CAMRA’s National Pub of the Year (announced in February 2014).
 “Community Pubs Month is a month long celebration of the Great British Pub and its importance to the surrounding community. These winning pubs have been voted the best in their local areas by the local CAMRA members and are examples of the kind of well run and valued community pubs we hope to see more of throughout the UK.” Mike Benner, CAMRA Chief Executive.
Community Pubs Month encourages pubs to organise events that will encourage more of the community to use them throughout April. The national campaign also encourages pubs to try different marketing ideas that they may have not tried before. CAMRA hopes the positive outcomes will help pubs in the future.
6,000 pubs across the UK have been sent a promotional packs and are involved in Community Pubs Month. A list of events that have been fed back to CAMRA and happening across Britain can be found at