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Camra’s top local real ale pubs

The Campaign for Real Ale (Camra) has published the details of its top 150 local real ale pubs.

The Boathouse Inn in Wylam

These local pubs have been selected by Camra’s local branch members, who vote on the pub’s customer service, value for money, decor, customer mix, atmosphere and, of course, the quality of the beer.

The majority of these pubs will now move forward to Camra’s Regional Pub of the Year competition, which is announced in September. The winner of that award will then be in with a chance of winning Camra’s National Pub of the Year, which will be announced in February 2014.

Mike Benner, Camra’s chief executive, said: “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.”

The pubs are listed in the following pages by region, so click through the following pages to find the best local real ale pubs in your area.

Central Southern

The Red Lion in Marsworth

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

The March Hare in Dunton

Flying Pig, Cambridge, CB2 1LQ – Cambridge
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 – Huntingdonshire
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 – Peterborough
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 – Tendring
The Angel Inn, Larling, NR16 2QT – West Norfolk
The Dove, Bury St Edmunds, IP33 3JU – West Suffolk & Borders

East Midlands

The Half Moon in Willingham by Stow

Black Bulls Head, Belper, DE56 0SF – Amber Valley
Old Poets Corner, Ashover, S45 0EW – Chesterfield
The Dewdrop Inn, Ilkeston, DE7 5TE – Erewash Valley
Tha Half Moon, Willingham by Stow, DN21 5JZ – Gainsborough
The Five Bells, Claypole, NG23 5BJ – Grantham
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 – Lincoln
Gas Lamp Lounge, Louth, LN11 7AD – Louth
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 – Northamptonshire
The Horse & Jockey, Stapleford, NG9 8AA – Nottingham
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

The Eagle ale house in Battersea

Grape & Grain, Crystal Palace, SE19 2AA – Bromley
The Old Fountain, City of London, EC1V 9NU – East London & City
The Olde Mitre, High Barnet, EN5 5SJ – 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 Berkeley in Wigan

The Victoria and Albert, Horwich, BL6 7AF – Bolton
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 – Wigan


The George and Dragon in Swanscombe

The Bell, Ivychurch, TN29 0AL – Ashford Folkestone & Romney Marsh
Robin Hood & Little John, Bexleyheath, DA6 8PF – Bexley
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 – Swale
Montefiore Arms, Ramsgate, Kent CT11 7HJ – Thanet
The Halfway House, Brenchley, TN12 7AX – West Kent


The Helter Skelter in Frodsham

The Prospect Inn, Cheshire WA7 4LD – Halton
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 – Wirral

North East

The Boathouse Inn in Wylam

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

Scotland and Northern Ireland

Callums bar in Johnstone

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 – Renfrewshire
The Phoenix, Dundee, DD1 4DH – Tayside

Surrey and Sussex

The Happy Man, Englefield

The Gardeners Arms, Sompting, BN15 0AR – Arun and Adur
Surrey Oaks, Newdigate, RH5 5DZ – East & Mid Surrey
Willoughby Arms, Kingston upon Thames, KT2 6LN – Kingston
Running Horse, Leatherhead, KT22 8BZ – Leatherhead
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 Old Spot, Dursley

The Raven, Bath, BA1 1HE – Bath & Borders
The Plough, Congresbury, BS49 5JA – Bristol & District
Star Inn, Crowlas, TR20 8DX – Cornwall
Old Spot, Dursley, GL11 4JQ – Gloucestershire
The Ship and Pilot, Ilfracombe, EX34 9EE – North Devon
Crossways Inn, West Huntspill, TA9 3RA – Somerset
Brewers Arms, Lewes, BN7 1XN – Brighton and South Downs
Red Lion, Cricklade, SN6 6DD – Swindon & North Wiltshire


The Queen’s Hotel in Carmarthen

Albion Ale House, Conwy, LL32 8FA – Abercolwyn
Druid Inn, Goginan, SY23 3NT – Bae Ceredigion
The Star, Talybont on Usk, LD3 7YX – Brecknockshire
Gwaelod Y Garth Inn, South Glamorgan, CF15 9HH – Cardiff Branch
The Queen’s Hotel, Carmarthen, SA31 1JR – Carmarthenshire
Coach and Horses, Chepstow, NP16 LN (Urban) – Gwent
Star Inn, LLanfihangel Tor-y Mynydd, NP15 1DT (Rural) – Gwent
Snowdonia Parc Brewpub, Waunfawr, LL55 4AQ – Gwynedd A Mon
Boar’s Head, Tyla Garw, Pontyclun, CF72 9EZ – Mid Glamorgan
The Sportsman, Newtown, SY16 2AQ – Montgomeryshire
Taberna Inn, Herbrandston, SA73 3TD – Pembroke
The Fox, Ysceifiog, CH8 8NJ – Vale of Clwyd
The Cross Inn, Cwmfelin, CF34 9LB – Vale of Glamorgan


The beer garden at the Winchester Gate in Salisbury

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 Brown’s, Dorchester, DT1 1HU – West Dorset (City)
Three Elms Inn, North Wooton, DT9 5JW – West Dorset (Rural)

West Midlands

The Hollybush in Stourport-on-severn

The Wellington, Birmingham, B2 5SN – Birmingham
Royal Oak, Barton-under-Needwood, DE13 8JD – Burton-on-Trent & S. 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 – Herefordshire
Hollybush, Stourport-on-severn, DY13 9AA – Kidderminster (Sub Branch)
The Holy Inadequate, Stoke-on-Trent, ST1 5PE – Potteries
The Weighbridge, Alvechurch, B48 7SQ – Redditch & Bromsgrove
Seven Stars, Rugby, CV21 2SH – Rugby
The Vaults, Knowle, B93 0JU – Solihull & District
The Cross Keys Hotel, Hednesford, WS12 2DN – Staffordshire
The Duke Of Cambridge, Short Heath, WV12 5QD – Walsall

West Pennines

The Strawberry Gardens, Fleetwood

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


The Salutation, Doncaster

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

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