CAMRA announce top 4 pubs in the UK

camra pub of the year finalists

Finalists in the CAMRA Pub of the Year competition announced

The Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) has announced the best four pubs in the UK as part of its national Pub of the Year 2023 competition.  These finalists will now go on to compete for the National Pub of the Year title. The top four pubs are:

Nelson Arms, Tonbridge – Kent

Situated within easy walking distance of the railway station and high street. A range of six to eight beers across a range of styles representing national and local independent breweries is usually served. Up to 15 real ciders are also available along with craft keg beers.

Tamworth Tap, Tamworth (CAMRA Pub of the Year 2022) – West Midlands

Home to Tamworth Brewing Company and its tap. The cosy upstairs rooms have Tudor features, the historic courtyard beer terrace to the rear offers striking views of Tamworth Castle, and there is café-style seating to the front. Eight hand pulls usually feature one Tamworth ale, the rest from near and far. Various snacks are offered, plus a wide range of ciders, gins, wines and bottled beers.

Trafalgar Hotel, Ramsey, Isle of Man – West Pennines

A long-standing real ale pub on the harbour, now owned by Odin Brewery and usually serving four of the brewery’s beers plus two guest ales.

The Beer Engine, Skipton – Yorkshire

A well-established micropub in a tiny street between the town centre and the canal. Six handpumps dispense varying beers, always including one blonde or pale ale and one dark brew, plus a character beer. Extended in 2022, the bar now includes craft keg fonts. A still cider and a fruit cider are also on tap alongside a selection of bottled beers, cans and wines.

All the pubs in the competition are selected by CAMRA volunteers and judged on their atmosphere, decor, welcome, service, value for money, customer mix and beer quality. The overall winner will be announced in January 2024.

camra pub of the year finalists

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