The Best Pubs In The UK Have Been Announced


Pubs are like parents – everyone thinks theirs is the best.

I’m sorry to break it to you, but that is literally impossible; if everyone had the best pub that would make the term ‘best’ completely redundant, and really they’d be no measuring stick to gauge how good anything ever was.

The thought alone makes me shudder; the world would be in utter chaos.

Thankfully, we no longer need to wage war over the age-old question of which pub is the greatest in the land. Those boundary-pushing, ground breaking, ale specialists over at John Smith’s have given the world a little more clarity on the subject, with their The Great British Pub Of The Year award crowning Britain’s greatest pubs.

And, the king of pubs free to reign supreme over all its subjects, is? The Eagle & Child of Ramsbottom, in my home county, Lancashire.

Clearly, northerners just do everything better.

It was deemed the best pub by Ifeoma Dozie of John Smith’s for “the views, to the food, the events, the atmosphere, the beers and the staff.”

The pub is well known for helping disadvantaged youths in the area by giving them opportunities through training and work experience, so really they are pretty deserving of the award.

Landlord, Glen Duckett said: “I’m elated by what we have done and how we push young people to make themselves as employable as possible.”

Ed Bedington, the editor of the awards organisers, the Morning Advertiser, added: “This is not only a first rate operation, with a great food and drink offer in stylish surroundings, this is a pub that is truly giving back to the community.”

Don’t be down if you’re pub missed out though, there were a number of other awards given out as well. Here’s a list of the other top pubs out there:

Wine Pub/Bar of the Year: The Inn West End, Woking, Surrey

Beer Pub/Bar of the Year: Temple Brew House, London

Spirits Bar/Pub of the Year: Pleased to Meet You, Newcastle upon Tyne

Cider Pub/Bar of the Year: The Crown at Woolhope, Hereford

Pub Garden of the Year: The Waterside Inn, Ware, Hertfordshire

Family Pub of the Year: The Eastfield Inn, Bristol

Live Entertainment Pub of the Year: Rendezvous, Weymouth, Dorset

Food Pub of the Year: The Compasses Inn, Canterbury, Kent

Inn of the Year: The White Horse, Chilgrove, Chichester

Newcomer of the Year: The Firehouse, Curry Rivel, Somerset

Best Managed Pub of the Year: The Coach and Four, Wilmslow, Cheshire

Partnership Pub of the Year: Eagle and Child, Ramsbottom, Lancashire

Freehouse of the Year: The Roebuck Inn, Laughton, East Sussex

Community Pub of the Year: The Chandos Arms, Colindale, London

Student Pub of the Year: Dram, Glasgow

Sports Pub of the Year: Famous Three Kings, West London

Turnaround Pub of the Year: Rumba, Macclesfield, Cheshire

I’m glad that argument can finally be put to bed.

Images iStock/GIPHY/Eagle & Child

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