CAMRA’s top 150 local real ale pubs in the UK

By | April 9, 2013


To help raise the profile of pubs and pub-going as part of Community Pubs Month, CAMRA, the Campaign for Real Ale, has released 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*

The Farmer’s Bar at The King’s Head, Aylesbury, HP20 2RW Aylesbury & Wycombe (CAMRA)
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

Flying Pig, Cambridge, CB2 1LQ Cambridge (CAMRA branch)
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

Black Bulls Head, Belper, DE56 0SF Amber Valley (CAMRA branch)
Old Poets Corner, Ashover, S45 0EW Chesterfield
The Dewdrop Inn, Ilkeston, DE7 5TE Erewash Valley
The 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)

Grape & Grain, Crystal Palace, SE19 2AA Bromley (CAMRA branch)
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

The Victoria and Albert, Horwich, BL6 7AF Bolton (CAMRA branch)
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 Bell, Ivychurch, TN29 0AL Ashford Folkestone & Romney Marsh (CAMRA branch)
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 Prospect Inn, Cheshire WA7 4LD Halton (CAMRA branch)
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

The Quaker House, Darlington, DL3 7QF Darlington (CAMRA branch)
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

Village Inn, Fairlie, KA29 0AL Ayrshire & Wigtownshire (CAMRA branch)
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

The Gardeners Arms, Sompting, BN15 0AR Arun and Adur (CAMRA branch)
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
Brewers Arms, Lewes, BN7 1XN Brighton and South Downs

The Raven, Bath, BA1 1HE Bath & Borders (CAMRA branch)
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
Red Lion, Marsworth, HP23 4LU Swindon & North Wiltshire

Albion Ale House, Conwy, LL32 8FA Abercolwyn (CAMRA branch)
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 Queens 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, CF349LB Vale of Glamorgan

Branksome Railway Hotel, Poole, BH12 1DQ (City) East Dorset (CAMRA branch)
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)

Royal Oak, Barton-under-Needwood, DE13 8JD Burton-on-Trent & South Derbyshire (CAMRA branch)
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

Strawberry Gardens, Fleetwood, FY7 6TF Blackpool Fylde & Wyre (CAMRA branch)
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 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
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