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Discover everything you need to know about the real ales. We put together some amazing guides and reviews. Find the best directory on real ales, their history, where they are brewerd and finally our favourite pick.

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Discover the best and our favourite pubs. We put together some great guide and review for you to enjoy the best ale around in an atmosphere you'll never forget. Check out our map and amazing directory.

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What Is The Best Pub In The UK?

What makes a great pub?

We’re on the hunt for the best pub in the UK and we’ve decided to enlist your help!

Pubs are at the heart of British culture. Despite more and more of them closing with each passing year, they remain a focal point for communities all over the country and the best place to discover new beers. Despite there being more breweries open today than there were in the 1930s, CAMRA recently reported that 18 pubs closed every week in the last 6 months of 2017. In real terms 10,500 pubs have closed since 2000 – a shocking number, but understandable when you consider the constraining variables in play.

Since the turn of the millennium, tax on alcohol has increased dramatically, smoking in public houses has been banned and drinking culture has been changed irrevocably as a result. But these factors aren’t the death tolls of British pubs. Craft ales and beer have never been more popular and, although retail beer sales overtook trade business back in 2014, pubs have been making a comeback in recent years in a bid to once more become the centre of our social lives.

We’re on the lookout for places that exemplify the very best of modern British pubs and we’re looking for some outside help for us to find it. Now, we’re well aware that pubs can be many different kinds of things, so we’ve decided to lay out a few standards to ensure that you’re on roughly the same page as us:

Drinks On Offer

A good pub needs a decent selection of lagers and ales, but it’s not just about beer. In order for a pub to be a feasible option for everyone, there needs to be a wide range of quality beverages to suit all tastes. It’s important to remember there are some folks who don’t like to drink beer (they exist, believe me!). For these picky people (children included) you need to have a solid selection of spirits, soft drinks and juices that will keep non-beer drinkers happy

Hot & Cold Food

We’re firm in the belief that all good pubs should serve a range of hot and cold food in order to keep hungry bellies at bay. Drinking on an empty stomach is never a good idea and we don’t condone drinking heavily without eating something to soak it up.

Classic pub snacks such as crisps, picked eggs and nuts are always appreciated – but are by no means compulsory. Hot food is always much appreciated, especially throughout the Winter and can include, but is not limited to: chips, pies, classic pub grub and pretty much any thing that comes deep fried.

Landlords & Locals

The people inside a pub are just as important as the beer that is poured from the taps. We believe a good pub needs good landlords and staff – that means professional people who put the customer experience first, but also provide a warm welcome for visitors, regardless of whether they’re regulars or are visiting for the first time. Speaking of regulars, a pub can often live and die on its repeat clientele, although it might sound unfair, the quality of the character of these people also affects the overall pub experience.

Decor & Upkeep

Finally, there’s no longer any room in Britain for run-down grimy pubs. In order for a pub to offer a comfortable drinking environment it’s absolutely paramount that pubs should be kept clean. Whilst the decor of a pub is certainly a matter of taste, we’re firm in the belief that Britain has enough grim looking Wetherspoons. We like pubs that are actively aiming to keep themselves in good knick that provides a comfortable place to enjoy a drink in.

Have you visited a pub that has blown you away? Send us your experiences over on the Contact page so that we can make a visit ourselves!

Unpretentious Rural Beer Festivals Worth The Journey

Ditch the city streets for a rural beer-fuelled getaway.

Urban beer events are reaching peak popularity, but have you thought about visiting the countryside for your next beer festival?

Beer festivals are more popular than they’ve ever been, with hundreds of events organised throughout the UK promoting beer in all its glorious forms. Unfortunately, like all good things, beer festivals have become a victim of the hipster generation with bearded fashionistas and Instagrammers alike with over optimised SEO blog are now eager to get in on the action.

If you’re looking to avoid the millennial crowds and find a simple place to drink some beer then you might want to avoid any newly founded festivals based in a city centre and opt for a festival in the countryside. Out in God’s own country you’ll find that there’s zero tolerance for pretentiousness, in fact we’re firm in the belief that the further you distance yourself from the yuppies the better your experience will be!

Load up the car, book a holiday home and escape to the country for one of these rural beer festivals!

Octoberfest in Clitheroe

You read that right. Clitheroe is a small town nestled right on the edge of the Forest of Bowland and once a year it’s home to a traditional Octoberfest complete with Bavarian beer, food and live music. The beer hall at Holmes Mill is the perfect venue for a day of traditional drinking and revelry, once you’ve had your fill you can either stay at the hotel there or take a cab back to a static caravan at Bowland Fell, a nearby holiday park.

Where? Holmes Mill, Clitheroe When? 14th September & 5th October 2018

11th North Cotswold Beer Festival

Now in its 11th year, the North Cotswold Beer Festival gives beer lovers the perfect excuse to spend a weekend in this idyllic corner of the country. For just £3 visitors can gain entry to this fun little festival, beers are bought on a token system and you even have the option of buying a souvenir glass for £2 or £3. Camping is available on site for those looking to stumble into bed straight after the event and there’ll be 50 real ales and 20 different ciders/perry to take your pick from.

Where? Moreton-in-Marsh Cricket Club When? 7th-8th September 2018

Somerset Real Ale & Cider Festival

Some argue that the birthplace of good real cider is in Somerset, but as we’re beer drinkers we can’t really pass judgement on this! What we do now, however, is that the Somerset Real Ale & Cider Festival is one of the best attended events of its kind in the area and promises a real treat for drinkers looking to suss out what makes this region so prolific. Although Minehead might be a bit of a trek this festival is certainly worth the trip and is elevated by its sense of community spirit.

Where? Minehead Rugby Club, Minehead When? 7th-8th September 2018

Carmarthen Beer Festival

Wales is home to an abundance of excellent brewers many of whom will be proudly sharing their wares at the Carmarthen Beer Festival. Entry is free to card-carrying members of CAMRA, whilst non-members will have to pay £6, which includes a glass and programme. 40 Real Ales/Ciders/Country Wines/Perries will be available in addition to live music on the Friday and Saturday evening sessions. Filled rolls will be on offer for purchase or visitors are welcome to bring their own food.

Where? St. Peters Civic Hall, Carmarthen When? 4th-6th October 2018

Liverpool: Gin Distilleries, Breweries & Bars

Liverpool is a city full of wonderful boozers…

Take a trip to this iconic Northern city and drop into one of the city’s countless historical traditional pubs.

Liverpool is a city that is famous for a number of reasons. Despite not commanding the same investment and population of larger British cities, such as London or Manchester, Liverpool’s small stature has helped it maintain a distinct neighbourhood vibe that has seen popular community bars and pubs thrive for hundreds of years. Whilst the culture of the city will forever be dominated by the Beatles and the two Premier League football teams that reside in the suburbs, Liverpool is fast developing a cache of locally brewed (and distilled) alcoholic beverages that are readily on tap throughout these popular pubs and bars.

Stop in for a pint or two in one of these lovely boozers:

The Philharmonic Dining Rooms

The Philharmonic comes at the top of the list thanks to its Grade II listed Gents’ toilets, but it also scores top points for its excellent selection of well-kept ales and beers. Built on the turn of the 20th century, the pub is full of eye-catching features and serves a variety of delicious pub classics in its classy dining room on the first floor. Individual wood-panelled rooms offer a bit of quiet and seclusion, whilst the large drawing room is usually bubbling with lively conversation.

Liverpool Gin Distillery

Castle Street isn’t always on every visitor’s list of places to go in Liverpool, but the Liverpool Gin Distillery is set to change that. Joining the ranks of classy, hip restaurants is this one-of-a-kind distillery tour experience which takes guests inside the machinations of one of the city’s classiest booze-making buildings. You can try your hand at blending your own gin, or skip the tour and settle down for a pint in the relaxed basement bar.

Handyman Supermarket

Tourists to the city will miss a trick by not visiting Smithdown Road, with its plethora of affordable restaurants and traditional community pubs which include the recently opened Handyman Supermarket. This brewery/pub always has a few brews of its own tap including a curated selection of ales mostly from other northern breweries. The warehouse style building was once the home of a well-established hardware shop and the owners honoured its legacy by keeping the name.

The Ship & Mitre

There are a dizzying selection of beers on offer at the Ship & Mitre including British ales, Continental brews and plenty of American beers. There’s rarely a time when this popular pub isn’t crammed with locals which always makes for a fun drinking environment, but this doesn’t mean that you’ll struggle finding a seat. The building is deceptively vast and offers plenty of seating alongside its curious naval interior design.

Ye Cracke

Popular with university lecturers and builders alike, Ye Cracke is one of the most storied pubs in Liverpool, boasting over 200 years of history and plenty of local heritage to boot. The building includes several curious rooms to drink in, including the War Room, the oldest part of the pub which makes for a cosy hangout if you can get in there. During the summer locals make the most of the pub garden (one of a few decent spots in the city) and the pints are as cheap as they come.

Pub of the Year: City Slicker Contenders

The Hunt for the Pub of the Year is on!

Since we began our hunt for the best pub in the country we’ve been flooded with your messages pointing us in the direction of some truly fantastic boozers…

We asked for your help in finding the very best pub that this country offers and you’ve not failed us. Despite pubs closing on a weekly basis here in the UK, we’re still incredibly passionate about our locals so we’re glad that you’ve got back to us with so many recommendations. Due to the sheer quantity of recommendations we’ve decided to split up the ever-growing shortlist into varying categories of pubs, so that we can best highlight some of these fantastic drinking holes that you’ve helped us to discover.

First up are the City Slickers – these pubs are located in a major city and offered a well-poured pint, in addition to fulfilling the other standards that we laid out earlier this month:

Hare & Hounds in Birmingham

Grade II-listed the Hare & Hounds has been around for quite sometime and has picked up a stellar reputation for live entertainment along the way. This pub’s wide appeal, in addition to its generous value, has granted it a place in the hearts of music lovers in Birmingham. This is what regular local Jared had to say about his favourite boozer:

“When I was relocating from London to Birmingham for investment I was really worried that I wouldn’t be able to find venues that would rival the awesome underground places that I’d found in my hometown. Hare & Hounds proved me wrong, the music is top-class, the pints are cheap and the staff are just awesome.”

The Grapes in Liverpool

This cosy pub is a fantastic all-round boozer. During the summer it’s packed to the rafters with dedicated locals, travellers and students alike. On Sunday nights lively jazz flows through the building, whilst during the week there’s always a healthy contingent of locals propping up the bar. Damien was responsible for bringing this place to our attention:

“This is my go-to place when I’m out for a few casual pints. There’s always a great atmosphere here and the pints are especially well-kept. It might get rammed on the weekend, but that’s probably due to the fact that it’s so good!”

Wharf Chambers in Leeds

‘Wharf’, as it’s simply known to Leeds locals, might be a little rough round the edges, but that doesn’t mean that you should miss it on your next visit to this fun city. This pub neatly encapsulates the arts-fuelled subculture of the city and is home to a slew of DIY performances throughout the year that consistently attract sweaty audiences in the rough’n’ready back room. Jessica tells us all about this hipster hot spot:

“I had my first pint as a student at Wharf Chambers and fell in love with the place instantly. The drinks are always so cheap (even for Leeds) and its simply the best place to discover the vibrant music scene that this city has to offer.”

Pub of the Year: Rural Bolt-Holes

Is the Pub of the Year in this category?

We’ve been on the hunt for the Pub of the Year and have been getting help from drinkers all over the country!

Over the last few months we’ve been inundated with messages from loyal pub drinkers from the UK touting their favourite drinking holes. British drinkers understand better than anyone else the importance of a good pub, and they also know how varied they can be which is why we’ve chosen to split our competition up into a wide range of categories in order to give every style and location a pub the chance to be included. We’ve already covered the city-based pubs that have impressed us over the last year, so now we’re going to switch our focus over to the pubs that are a little harder to reach.

A proper rural pub is a hard thing to find. Not only are these pubs under the most threat from closure, but they’re all too often isolated from the rest of the industry which leads to them flagging behind their urban compatriots. Thankfully, our readers have been in touch and tipped us off regarding their favourite country haunts.

We’ve been blown away by the standards at these establishments and are happy too present our short list for Rural Bolt-Holes:

The Thomas Lord in Hampshire

Many village pubs have closed over the last few years, The Thomas Lord was one such establishment, dutifully restored by its owners, the Upham Group. The pub is a stunning example of rural-public house design and is staffed with attentive waiters throughout. The food presents a clever twist on pub classics and although the prices are a little higher than we’re used to paying, we thought it was well worth the price. Andy, the local who brought The Thomas to our attention, had this to say:

“For years this place was empty, so I’m so happy to see that it’s open again and under such efficient management. I was a little concerned when I discovered that it had been bought by a group, but those worries were laid to rest within a matter of weeks of it opening. The staff are lovely here and the food is the best in the area.”

The Rising Sun in Cheshire

The Cheshire countryside is the stunning backdrop to The Rising Sun, a traditional country pub whose food output marks it as a real cut above the rest. The cleverly devised menu at The Rising Sun is full of appealing crowd-pleasers, such as Popcorn Chicken and Crispy Duck, whilst a generously priced 3 Course Lunch features an adventurous Chorizo & Black Pudding Croquette and Chicken Tagine. Martin tipped us off about his favourite local and explains why here:

“For years I’ve been searching for the perfect place to incorporate into my weekly Sunday dog walk, so I was over the moon when I discovered The Rising Sun. I’m a regular here now and plan on occupying a cosy armchair every Sunday for the foreseeable future!”

The Fox & Duck in Hertfordshire

Nestled in the centre of idyllic Therfield, The Fox and Duck is a pub that ticks all the boxes when it comes to rural comforts. Set in front of an attractive green, which is a hub of activity during the busy Summer months, we found this pub to be just as busy on a colder Autumn evening. Hungry diners can pick from two menus: an informal bar menu packed with classic pub grub dishes and an a la carte menu for something a little bit more special. Diana is a frequent diner and told us more about why she loves it so much:

“I simply adore this pub, it has everything that you could desire of a country escape: delicious warming food, a delicious wine menu and plenty of tasty desserts to keep the kids happy. I think I’ll be coming here for the rest of my life!”

Pub of the Year: Student Drinking Holes

Looking for cheap pints and lively conversation?

Our search for the Pub of the Year takes us to the dustier realms of the student pub, thanks to a string of recommendations from the penny-scrimping youth. 

We’re still on the lookout for the best pub in the UK and this month our attention has been firmly focused on the establishments that aim to provide a quality pub experience which also delivers on value. Not everyone has £40 to drop on a casual trip to the pub, so we thought it was important to create a shortlist for the pubs that make an effort to make value their top priority. We had no intention of dropping our standards for this particular category, so don’t expect to find any places on this list that offer 70p pints of flat Fosters or hovels for toilets.

Thanks to the recommendations sent into us from students all around the country we’ve been able to narrow down our shortlist to three excellent pubs which champion student prices whilst refusing to compromise on quality:

The AJ in Liverpool

Although the August John is not what you’d call a traditional pub (the clumsy design is certainly redolent of its 1968 origins) you’re guaranteed to find a cheap drink in this popular student haunt. Major sports events are regularly shown and there are always at least 5 real ale or ciders on tap. The alluring scent of freshly cooked pizza, served all through the day and night, serves as powerful college marketing for the pub is, prices for pints rarely pop over £3 and other drink offerings are similarly well-priced.

Whilst The Augustus John hardly offers up much in the way of a comforting atmosphere, the usual rabble of students and lectures make this a relaxing environment nonetheless. James has been drinking there for years now and had this to say:

“There was a time when you could buy a pint of Carling here for £1.80! Although I’m sure that the price has gone up since, I keep coming back here for the ales and the fun vibe.”

Old Firehouse in Exeter

Although the Old Firehouse was recently sold to London based The City Pub Group, you’ll find that little has changed here for years. The charming historic building, as the name suggests, was once home to the city’s fire department. The building became a recruitment office during the Second World War, a warehouse during the 60s and 70, but remained derelict from then until 1986 when it opened as a pub.

History student, Sally, has been frequenting this cosy pub for the last three years and explained to us why she keeps going back:

“I first heard about The Old Firehouse before I came to University here in Exeter. I’m a huge Harry Potter fan and read on a forum that this place was an inspiration for The Leaky Cauldron. Although I was a little disappointed to not find Butterbeer on the menu, I was enchanted by the cosy atmosphere and the massive pizzas. I’ve certainly spent my fair share of evenings there!”

Eagle & Ball in Birmingham

Birmingham has one of Britain’s biggest student populations, so it’s hardly surprising that there are a handful of decent places to grab a pint here. Built in 1840, this pub has survived thanks in part to its traditional architecture. The infamous Peaky Blinders have been linked with the pub, not to mention a number of paranormal experiences, although we were really concerned about were the pints. Decent craft ales are always on offer here at a good price and you can even get a pizza and a pint for £5 on a Monday.

Chris expounds why the Eagle & Ball is his go-to destination in Birmingham:

“The fact that this place is incorporated into the University building makes it especially attractive to students like me, I love being able to roll out of lectures and into this place for a cosy pint or three.

Beer Festivals From Around The World

Drink up! Drink up!

These international beer festivals have built a reputation for their variety, cultural heritage and sheer volume.

Beer is consumed all over the world and whilst we Brits take particular pride in our humble celebrations (or not so humble if you’re heading to The Great British Beer Festival), for each beer-drinking country there is an ultimate beer festival that promises endless schooners/steins/litres of beer with an army of attendees who are all as passionate as any beer-swiller from Blighty.

Wilfully ignore any alcohol consumption guidelines and run riot at one of these legendary beer festivals:


Arguably the be all and end all of beer festivals, Oktoberfest is the largest beer festival of its kind in the world. Over the course of 18 days millions of people travel to Munich, Germany to consume litres upon litre of Oktoberfest Beer. This medium bodied lager is a Bavarian classic that is undeniably malty with a very clean finish. Colours of this lager vary from a light amber to a dark brow and is dangerously drinkable. Oktoberfest is a celebration of Bavarian culture, it’s a folk festival but it’s also a fairground and definitely one for your bucket-list.

Where? Munich, Germany When? September 22nd 2018

BeerFes Tokyo

Although this event is more of a convention than a true festival, it has nonetheless built up a solid reputation as one of the best beer festivals that the world has to offer. Tokyo is an exciting, vibrant city with an enthralling food scene, this event is a perfect opportunity for you to become better acquainted with the radical beers that are being produced out here. Only a handful of lager brands make it out of Japan despite the fact that there’s a huge beer industry here, so to discover it you’ll need to go to them!

Where? Tokyo, Japan When? TBA June 2019

Great American Beer Festival

Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the last few years you’ll no doubt be aware that American Beer has made somewhat of a breakthrough in the tastes of British beer drinkers. Whilst them yanks have yet to brew an ale to rival the best that we have to offer, they are more than capable of cobbling together a decent enough hoppy pale ale and Colorado is arguably at the centre of this micro-brewing revolution. The Great American Beer Festival hosts 96 separate category competitions in addition to offering presentations, tastings and even a silent disco.

Where? Denver, Colorado When? September 20-22 2018

Bruges Beer Festival

Whilst many British drinkers might still see Belgian beer as an acquired taste, Belgians (unsurprisingly) will have their beer no other way. The Belgian style is as broad and varied as the ales we have on offer here, with beverages ranging from session style ales of a piddling few percent to full blown barleywine bangers of up to 16% ABV. The exhibition hall is one of the largest in Belgium and the city is an architectural treat – just make sure you wrap up warm though, as this festival takes place in the depths of winter.

Where? Bruges, Belgium When? 31st January – 5th February 2019

Pilsner Fest

Real Ale drinkers might well put their nose up at the European Pilsner but that hasn’t stopped it becoming one of the go to styles of choice for beer drinkers all across the world. Amstel, Grolsch, Budweiser and Beck’s have conquered the lager market for decades so it can be easy to overlook the fantastic variety of craft pilsners that are produced in its homeland of Plzen. The festival takes place on the first Saturday of October each year and is well attended thank to its proximity to Munich and Prague.

Where? Plzen, Czech Slovakia When? 6th October 2018