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Good UK Pubs 2022

Steve and Ted’s Good UK Pubs List 2022

cofThe Seven Stars, Falmouth, Cornwall

These are the pubs throughout the UK that Ted and I have visited and enjoyed since 2017. We have also visited some very ordinary pubs and a few terrible ones, and they are most definitely not included. Some of the pubs listed have been visited only once, though we enjoyed them and will go back if we are in the area again. Others we have visited often and seek them out whenever we are in the vicinity. The very best are in blue text. The focus is on the beer and the atmosphere rather than food. Our favourites tend to be traditional pubs with a good local trade, unchanged over many years, though we have enjoyed visiting every pub on this list.

cofThe Old Port Bar, the Port Askaig Hotel, Islay, Argyll

A few caveats: 

  • Full details of our favourite pubs in the parts of the country we visit most regularly are in the separate guides for Northumbria and Edinburgh and Glasgow.
  • There are many places where we used to have favourite pubs that aren’t included. Pubs, towns and regions that we haven’t visited since before 2017 have been dropped from this years list. Since the 2021 list we have lost all the entries in Buckinghamshire, Lancashire, Denbighshire and Powys. However, the list has gained entries in Norfolk, Nottinghamshire, Suffolk, Aberdeenshire, Fife, Scottish Borders and South Lanarkshire.
  • There is only so much time for travelling (and for drinking – I still have a liver to protect), so there are many places we have never visited. There are others where we have been unlucky in our choice of pubs.

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A re-entry to the list: The Criterion, St. Andrews, Fife

All of the pubs except for a small number (mainly in Scotland) serve cask ale. Those that are in CAMRA’s Good Beer Guide 2022 are marked GBG. We have noted the year of our most recent visit to each pub. We hope you enjoy a visit to them.

Steve Gillon  January 2022

ENGLAND

1Herts3             The Horse and Groom, Hatfield, Hertfordshire

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CAMBRIDGESHIRE

Cambridge: Mill, 2019

NEW Ely: Cutter inn, 2021, pictured.

NEW Ely, Minster, 2021

NEW Ely, Prince Albert, 2021

NEW Ely, Townhouse, 2021

Newton: Queens Head, GBG, 2019, pictured with Ted.

RE-ENTRY Peterborough: Brewery Tap, 2021

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CORNWALL

Albaston: Queens Head, 2018

Calstock: Tamar Inn, 2018

Crowlas: Star Inn, GBG, 2018

Falmouth: Oddfellows Arms, GBG, 2018

Falmouth: Seven Stars, GBG, 2018

Falmouth: ‘front, 2018

Helston: Blue Anchor, GBG, 2018, cofpictured

Lizard: Top House, 2018

Mousehole: Ship Inn, 2018

Penzance: Crown, GBG, 2018

Penzance: Dock Inn, GBG, 2018, pictured

Polperro: Blue Peter Inn, GBG, 2018

Polruan: The Lugger, 2018

St Ives: Castle Inn, GBG, 2018

St Mawes: Victory Inn, 2018

Truro: Old Ale House, GBG, 2018

CUMBRIA

NEW Carlisle, 301 Miles from London, 2021

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Kingswear, Steam Packet Inn, 2018, pictured

Paignton, Henry’s Bar, GBG, 2018

Salcombe: Victoria, 2018

Totnes: Bay Horse, GBG, 2018

Totnes: Royal Seven Stars, 2018

Co. DURHAM

See the separate Northumbria Pub Guide for details.

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HERTFORDSHIRE

Ayot St. Lawrence: Brocket Arms, 2019

Digswell: Cowper Arms, 2019

Hatfield: Horse and Groom, 2019

Welwyn: White Horse, 2019

Wheathampstead: Reading Room, GBG, 2019, pictured

Wildhill: Woodman, GBG, 2019 

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2020-21 The lockdown alternative

LEICESTERSHIRE

Leicester: Ale Wagon, GBG, 2017

Leicester: Blue Boar, GBG, 2017

Leicester: Kings Head, GBG, 2017

LONDON (CENTRAL)

N1 Kings Cross: Parcel Yard, GBG, 2019

N1 Kings Cross: Scottish Stores, 2018

W2 Paddington: Mad Bishop and Bear, GBG, 2018

WC2 Covent Garden: Lamb and Flag, GBG, 2019

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MANCHESTER

Manchester: Circus Tavern, 2019, pictured

Manchester: Peveril of the Peak, GBG, 2019

WIGAN

Wigan: Raven, GBG, 2018

MERSEYSIDE

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Liverpool: Belvedere Arms, 2018

Liverpool: Crown Hotel, 2018

Liverpool: Dispensary, GBG, 2018

Liverpool: Lion Tavern, GBG, 2018

Liverpool: Philharmonic, 2018

Liverpool: Roscoe Head, GBG, 2018

Liverpool: Ship and Mitre, GBG, 2018, pictured

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NORFOLK

NEW Norwich: Kings Arms, GBG, 2021

NEW Norwich: Ribs of Beef, GBG, 2021, pictured

NEW Norwich: Vine, GBG, 2021

NORTHUMBERLAND

See the separate Northumbria Pub Guide for details.

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NOTTINGHAMSGIRE

NEW Newark: Flying Circus, GBG, 2021

NEW Newark: Just Beer, GBG, 2021

NEW Newark: Prince Rupert, GBG, 2021

SOMERSET

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Curry Rivel: Firehouse, 2018, pictured

Huish Episcopi: Rose and Crown (Eli’s), 2018, pictured

Midsomer Norton: White Hart, 2018

Pitney: Halfway House, GBG, 2018

Wells: Full Moon, 2018

Wells: Just Ales, 2018

Wells: Rose and Crown, 2018

Yeovil: Pall Inn, 2018

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SUFFOLK

NEW Bury St. Edmunds: Dove, GBG, 2021

NEW Bury St. Edmunds: Oakes Barn, GBG, 2021

NEW Bury St Edmunds: Rose and Crown, pictured, 2021

TEESSIDE

HARTLEPOOL

See the separate Northumbria Pub Guide for details.

MIDDLESBROUGH

Middlesbrough:Dr Phils Real Ale House, 2018

Middlesbrough: Twisted Lip, 2018

STOCKTON

See the separate Northumbria Pub Guide for details.

TYNE and WEAR

See the separate Northumbria Pub Guide for details.

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WILTSHIRE

Avoncliff: Cross Guns, 2018, pictured

Bradford on Avon: Bear Inn, 2018

Bradford on Avon: Castle Inn, 2018

Bradford on Avon: Stumble Inn, 2018

Westbury Leigh: Hollies, 2018

YORK City

York, City Centre, Ackhorne, GBG, 2017

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York, City Centre: Blue Bell, GBG, 2017

York, City Centre: Maltings, GBG, 2017

York, City Centre: Phoenix, GBG, 2018

York, York Station: York Tap, GBG,  2019

YORKSHIRE (EAST RIDING)

1NYorksFlamborough: Royal Dog & Duck, 2019, pictured

YORKSHIRE (NORTH)

NEW Hudswell, George and Dragon, GBG, 2021, pictured

NEW Manfield: Crown, GBG, 2021

Richmond: Castle Tavern, 2021

Richmond: Ship, 2018

Scarborough: Stumble Inn, GBG,cof 2017

Skipton: Boat House, GBG, 2017

Skipton: Woolly Sheep, 2017

YORKSHIRE (WEST)

BRADFORD

Bradford: Jacob’s Well, GBG, 2017

Bradford: Record Café, GBG, 2017

Shipley: Fox, GBG, 2017

KIRKLEES

Holmfirth, Nook, GBG, 2017, pictured with Ted

LEEDS

City Centre: Adelphi, 2017

City Centre, Angel Inn, 2017

City Centre, Duck and Drake, GBG, 2017

City Centre, Whitelocks, GBG, 2017

SCOTLAND

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The Comm Bar, Lochgilphead, Argyll

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ABERDEEN CITY

City Centre: Aitchies Ale House, 2019

City Centre: Prince of Wales, GBG, 2019

ABERDEENSHIRE

NEW Stonehaven, Marine Hotel, GBG, 2021

NEW Stonehaven, Ship Inn, GBG, 2021, pictured

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ARGYLL and BUTE

Bute, Rothesay: Black Bull, GBG, 2018

cofBute, Rothesay: Macs Bar, 2018, pictured

Campbeltown: Black Sheep Pub, Royal Hotel, 2017

Easdale Island: Puffer, 2019

Islay, Port Askaig: Old Port Bar, Port Askaig Hotel, 2019

Islay, Port Charlotte: Port Charlotte Hotel, 2019

Lochgilphead, The Comm 2017

Oban: The Lorne, 2019

Oban: Oban Inn, GBG, 2019, pictured

Seil, Ellenabeich: Oyster Bar, GBG, 2019

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Dumfries: New Bazaar, GBG, 2017

DUNDEE CITY

Broughty Ferry: Fisherman’s Tavern, GBG, 2020, pictured.

Broughty Ferry: Ship Inn, GBG, 2020

City Centre: Bank Bar, GBG, 2021

City Centre: Market, 2020

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Hilltown: Frews, 2020

Perth Rd: Phoenix, GBG, 2020

Perth Rd: Speedwell (Mennie’s), GBG, 2020, pictured

EAST RENFREWSHIRE

Eaglesham, Swan Inn 2017

EDINBURGH

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See the Edinburgh and Glasgow Favourite Pubs Guide

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Barra, Castlebay: Castlebay Hotel Bar, 2017

Lewis, Stornoway: Criterion Bar, 2017, pictured

FALKIRK

NEW Larbert: Station Hotel, GBG, 2021

FIFE

2FifeNEW Freuchie, Albert Tavern, GBG, 2021, pictured

RE-ENTRY St. Andrews: Central, GBG, 2021

RE-ENTRY St. Andrews: Criterion, GBG, 2021

GLASGOW

See the Edinburgh and Glasgow Favourite Pubs Guide

HIGHLAND

Aviemore: Old Bridge Inn, GBG, 2017

Grantown on Spey: High St Merchants, 2017

Inverness, Castle Tavern, GBG, 2017

Inverness, Gellions, 2017

Inverness, Phoenix Ale House , 2017

Mallaig, Steam Inn, GBG, 2017

NORTH AYRSHIRE

Arran, Brodick: Brodick Bar, 2019

Great Cumbrae, Millport: Frasers, GBG, 2018

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PERTH and KINROSS

Almondbank: Badgers, 2020

Bankfoot: Bankfoot Inn, GBG, 2020

Blair Atholl: Bothy Bar, Atholl Arms Hotel, GBG, 2020

Blairgowrie: Ericht Alehouse, GBG, 2019

Blairgowrie: Stormont Arms, GBG, 2019

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Bridge of Earn: Cyprus Inn, GBG, 2021

Dunkeld: Perth Arms, GBG, 2021, pictured

NEW Dunkeld: Taybank Hotel, 2021

Dunning: Kirkstyle Inn, GBG, 2019, pictured

NEW Milnathort: Village Inn, GBG, 2021

RE-ENTRY Moulin: Moulin Inn, GBG, 2021

2PerthNEW Perth: Cullach Tap Room, GBG, 2021

NEW Perth: Dickens, 2021

Perth: Kirkside, 2021

Perth: Old Ship Inn, GBG, 2021, pictured

SCOTTISH BORDERS

NEW Duns: Black Bull, 2021

NEW Innerleithen, Traquair Arms, 2StirlingGBG, 2021

NEW Peebles: Bridge Inn (Trust), GBG, 2021

SOUTH LANARKSHIRE

NEW Biggar: Crown Inn, GBG, 2021

STIRLING

Dunblane: Tappit Hen, GBG, 2021, pictured

WEST LOTHIAN

Linlithgow, Platform 3, GBG, 2017

WALES

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The Ship Inn, Red Wharf Bay, Ynys Môn

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Bridgend: Coach, GBG, 2019, pub sign pictured

CARDIFF

Cardiff: City Arms, 2019

Cardiff: Blue Bell (formerly Goat Major), 2019

CARMARTHENSHIRE

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Llandeilo: White Horse, 2019

Whitland: Station House, GBG, 2019, pictured

CONWY

Conwy: Albion, GBG, 2017

GWYNEDD

Bangor: Patricks, GBG, 2019

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PEMBROKESHIRE

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Fishguard, Royal Oak, GBG, 2019, door pictured

Haverfordwest: Pembroke Yeoman, 2019

Haverfordwest: Three Crowns, 2019

Pembroke Dock: First and Last, GBG, 2019

St Davids: Farmers Arms, 2019, pictured

Tenby: Crown Inn, 2019

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YNYS MôN

Beaumaris: Olde Bulls Head, 2017

Beaumaris: Castle Court, GBG, 2019

Beaumaris: George and Dragon, 2019

Beaumaris: Liverpool Arms, 2017

Beaumaris: Midland Tapas Bar, 2019

Cemaes: Stag, 2017, pictured

Menai Bridge: Liverpool Arms, GBG, 2019

Menai Bridge: Tafarn Y Bont/Bridge Inn, 2019

Moelfre: Kinmel Arms

Red Wharf Bay: Ship Inn, GBG, 2019

Some final odds and ends:

For visitors to areas not listed here we recommend CAMRAs Good Beer Guide (book or app) and the whatpub.com website. All the entries here have been checked against the guide and site. As a result we’ve had to delete 9 pubs in England and 1 in Scotland that appear to have permanently closed during the Covid pandemic. We will check these again next year in case we can reinstate any of them in our list.

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Lockdown outside-only drinking: The Taybank Hotel, Dunkeld, Perth and Kinross

A note about Wetherspoon’s.

There are Wetherspoon’s pubs virtually everywhere – they share the same plusses (good choice of beer, cheap beer) and minuses (slow service, the atmosphere of a canteen rather than a pub). The quality of the beer can vary tremendously. Unless they are exceptional, they haven’t been mentioned in these pages. However, do not assume that all Wetherspoon’s pubs are not worth a visit – there are places where they have the best selection of beer in town and have forced the other pubs to up their game or close.  Despite the owner’s politics we still call in for breakfast from time to time at half the price of a hotel breakfast.

A few of the breweries we’ve passed on our travels: Hook Norton in Hook Norton, Wadworth’s in Devizes and Elgood’s in Wisbech.

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One which was thought to be lost has returned. This is the unspoilt Fiddichside Inn, Craigellachie, Moray, which closed in 2017 following the death of the long serving landlord. However, it reopened with new owners in 2020 and has survived Covid. Opening hours are limited – check the pub’s Facebook page.

Copyright: The text and all photos (except for the Old Ship, Perth, which is by Ken Donald) are Copyright: © Steve Gillon, 2022

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