The best pubs in the UK have been announced as part of CAMRA’s prestigious Pub of the Year competition 2022.
The 16 regional finalists, including New Brighton’s Magazine Hotel, will now have a chance to compete for the National Pub of the Year crown, the highest accolade afforded to Britain’s pubs.
The competition has been on hold over the last two years due to COVID-19 restrictions and was last won by the Bell Inn in Aldworth, Berkshire in 2019.
Pubs in the competition are judged on their 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.
The regional announcement comes as CAMRA closes its Summer of Pub campaign with a final push to encourage pub-going over the long bank holiday weekend and beyond. CAMRA is urging all pub-goers to support their local after an incredibly difficult few years for the industry.
A recent YouGov survey has shown that people are cutting back on the regularity of their pub visits at a time when pubs are facing spiralling energy costs and a cost of goods crisis.
Andrea Briers, National Coordinator for the Pub of the Year competition 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.
“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.”
The Top 16 Regional Winners
Merseyside – Cheshire
Magazine Hotel, New Brighton
This multi-roomed, low-beamed pub, dating from 1759 suffered from a fire in 2010 but has been restored without losing its unique character. The name comes from the fact that it was once used by sailors who were having their outward-bound ships reloaded with munitions. Overlooking Egremont Promenade, the pub has fine views over the River Mersey to Liverpool. Three rooms lead off the main central bar area – for more information click on Historic Pub Interior in Features. Renowned for its Draught Bass, it also offers three guest ales usually including a beer from one of the local breweries.
- 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
- 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