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Pub of the Year: CAMRA best boozer in the UK revealed – and it’s in Merseyside | Life | Life & Style

Pub of Year according to CAMRA has been named as The Cricketers Arms in St Helens, Merseyside.

The coveted Pub of the Year 2018 titles from the Campaign for Real Ale was transformed from a boarded up husk to a community pub.

Owners at the boozer even plan to build a microbrewery after their success.

The pub won largely for its selection of 13 locally-sourced cask ales and up to 20 ciders in the summer.

The pub hosts regular beer festivals, quizzes, karaoke and other events and has opened a whiskey and gin bar.

Owner Andy Evans said: “We’ve done everything we can to make this a welcoming community pub and still have exciting developments ahead of us.

“As well as expanding the beers available, we created a beer garden and put greens in the ground, and have big plans to install a microbrewery this year.“

Paul Ainsworth, of Camra, said: “In less than five years, Andy and Denise have converted a boarded up pub on the brink of closure into a true destination pub for beer lovers across the country.

“What impressed me the most is that the Cricketers is a genuine community pub where people from all walks of life come together to socialise.

“It is a shining example of how a pub, which seemed destined for closure, can have its fortunes turned around when in the right hands.”

The humble pub is staple of British life and has served as the hub of the community for generations in many towns and villages across the UK.

The last pub to be awarded best pub in the UK was was the The Pointer, in the pretty village of Brill, named by The Michelin Eating Out In Pubs 2018 guide. 

The best pub roast in the UK has been awarded to a small pub in Newcastle. 

A judging panel, led by renowned food critic Charles Campion, has named The Feathers Inn in Stocksfield as the winner of the Best British Roast Dinner competition.

The Feathers Inn saw off competition from hundreds of pubs across the country – winning over judges with its passion for locally sourced and foraged ingredients.

Mystery diners were won over by the pub’s perfectly cooked roast meats and wide selection of sides, and its dedication to catering for different dietary requirements.


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