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The Telegraph, in association with Sawday’s travel guides, has announced the winners of its Pub of The Year awards.
Meet the winners:Telegraph Pub of the Year
The Cartford Inn, Lancashire
The 10-foot-high eye spray-painted onto an outbuilding with a silhouetted David Bowie in its pupil tells you this isn’t your typical pub. Julie and Patrick have spent 13 years turning a run-down inn into a thriving local’s local. There’s seriously skilful cookery on show, and a commitment to local ingredients. Voters praised the food, but more loved it for being a unique, quirky, cosy gem, and they’re not wrong.
Runners up: The Pheasant at Neenton, Shropshire, The Potting Shed, WiltshireBest for food
The Ebrington Arms, Gloucestershire
This old stone pub is leading the charge for sustainable, superb food from within its historic walls. The sourcing has earnt landlords Claire and Jim a rare 3-star rating from The Soil Association, and the menu is a perfect blend of creativity and simplicity serving as a showcase for incredible local produce.
Runners up: The Wheatsheaf, Wiltshire, The Bull Inn, DevonBest authentic
Rose & Crown, Durham
It feels as if nothing in the village of Romaldkirk has changed for centuries, so it’s no surprise that the pub has remained a classic. You’ll love the timeless feel of stone fireplaces, dark wood and brass taps. A superb, locally sourced menu and a passion for sustainability have matched the best of modernity with the best of tradition.
Runners up: The Horse Guards Inn, Sussex, The White Horse, OxfordshireBest rooms
The Brisley Bell, Norfolk
Owners Marcus and Amelia restored this lovely inn to its place in the community and renovated the six bedrooms with flair and style. Huge walls of exposed brick, bathtubs on corner platforms and walk-in showers with massive murals are all combined with colourful fabrics and furniture.
Runners up: The Swan Ascott-under-Wychwood, Oxfordshire, The Roebuck, CheshireBest newcomer
This family-run pub has impressive views of Grasmere and is catered perfectly for the hikers that flock to it. The relaxed bar welcomes muddy boots and paws with a menu of more than enough substance to keep you walking all day, although the giant communal roasts known as Sunday Sharers might end up anchoring you to your seat.
Runners up: Watership Down Inn, Hampshire, The Bridge Inn, DerbyshireBest community
Hundred House Hotel, Shropshire
The Phillips family have kept this pub serving its community for 25 years and when Covid hit they went into overdrive, selling over 2000 flowers from their garden to raise money for the NHS, making over 4000 dishes for the Food Share Project and supporting businesses and their own team with everything from promotion to food parcels.
Runners up: The Allanton Inn, Scottish Borders, The Ring of Bells, DevonBest for families
This canalside inn serves many of the boaters from the marina and has a jaunty, nautical feel that even extends into the playground. The pirate play area is extremely popular with kids and if it’s not outdoors weather, then pots of crayons and colouring sheets can be brought out instead.
Runners up: The Thomas Lord, Hampshire, The Duck at Yeoford, DevonBest dog friendly pub
The Jolly Cricketers, Buckinghamshire
The barrel tipped over outside this red brick country pub is no accident. It’s full of fresh water, with a bowl under the tap ready for thirsty dogs. Inside there are homemade dog biscuits too, with money raised from their sale going to the Search for Dogs Bucks charity.
Runners up: The Cat, Sussex, Crown & Anchor, Wiltshire