One of the best things about a visit the United Kingdom is spending time drinking beer in their neighborhood pubs. And every year one of England’s most respected industry voices, the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) picks the ‘Pub of the Year’ and they’ve just announced their regional finalists for 2017.
So here are four regional pubs that you absolutely don’t want to miss next time you’re in the UK!
Weavers Real Ale House – Kidderminster, Worcestershire
Located downtown close to Kidderminster Station, you’ll find Weaver’s, an honest pub that is passionately committed to REAL ALES.
Real Ale are according to CAMRA’s definition is “beer brewed from traditional ingredients (malted barley, hops water and yeast), matured by secondary fermentation in the container from which it is dispensed, and served without the use of extraneous carbon dioxide,”
A sign informs Weaver’s visitors that you won’t find lagers or spirits here – but what you will find is a welcoming staff and a ‘conversational atmosphere,” as well as a truly amazing selection of ales and ciders.
Stanford Arms, – Lowestoft, Suffolk
Located in the heart of faded seaside town in southeastern England lies the Stanford Arms, a two-time ‘pub of the year’ finalist that’s become a ‘must-visit’ destination for beer lovers and pub pilgrims from all around the world
According to the Drinks Business, ‘the Stanford Arms was singled out for its newly refurbished L-shape bar, strong selection of local ales, and its idyllic courtyard garden featuring a wood-fired pizza oven and an aviary”…and that all sounds terrific to us!
Wigan Central – Wigan, Greater Manchester
Old meets new in Greater Manchester. a metropolitan county in North West England. And there, housed under old train arches that date back to the mid-19th century, you’ll find Wigan Central a strikingly modern real ale pub
Owned by the nearby Prospect Brewery, Wigan Central is famous for its range of beer offerings…At any given time you’ll seven real ales and four craft ciders alongside a range of 100 plus bottled beers from British brewers and beer offerings from Europe and the states.
The Cricketers Arms – St Helens, Merseyside
Already having been named one of the UK’s top 16 pubs by CAMRA in 2016, The Cricketers Arms makes it into the final four this year.
In less than five years, husband and wife team, Andy and Denise Evans, have converted what was once a rundown keg-only location into a destination pub, offering 13 cask beers and over 10 ciders from local as well as notable regional artisans. And they’ve even a small beer garden that you don’t want to miss!
All pub picture credits: CAMRA