Britain’s most attractive pubs have been revealed
The nation’s prettiest pubs have been revealed and, quite frankly, it’s making us miss our favourite boozers even more.
The Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) has announced the winners of its prestigious Pub Design Awards.
In the ‘Best Refurbishments’ category, The Farmers Arms in Devon and the Peterborough Arms in Wiltshire were crowned joint winners.
The Best New Build Award was given to the Hall & Woodhouse in Swindon – a pub which sits on the canal-side.
Andrew Davison, chair of CAMRA’s Pub Design Award judging panel, said: ‘The New Build award is only awarded rarely, so it is a testament to the quality of the Hall & Woodhouse Wichelstowe that it has won.
‘Mackenzie Wheeler Architects, the designers of the building, have drawn inspiration from the location, with a range of gabled roofs at the water’s edge evoking the canal side sheds which housed many a traditional boat-building and repairing business, and a taller accommodation block referencing historic canal side warehouses.’
The Plau in Preston took home the Conversion Award. Originally built in 1668 as a butchers, it was converted into a pub in 1795 but closed its doors in 1913.
It reopened again in 2018, following a 105 year gap.
Another accolade was the Historic England Conservation Award, which was won by The Zetland in Middlesbrough. Originally built in 1860 as a hotel, the building includes round-arched mirrors and mosaic flooring in the entrance.
The venue scooped the award due to the fact that it’s conserved original features – even following refurbishments in 2017.
The Shakespeare in Bridgnorth was given the Joe Goodwin Award for best street-corner local.
Andrew Davison commented: ‘Sited at the heart of a historic market town, this is a pub for meeting friends and acquaintances, for indulging in conversation and laughter, or just for watching the world go by.
‘The late CAMRA Chairman, for whom this award is named, was a great enthusiast for, and champion of, pubs such as this, and it is a worthy winner of the award named in his memory.’
Hopefully it won’t be too long before we can visit the winners.