CAMRA announces the UK’s Top 150 Local Real Ale Pubs

Despite alarming closure rates there are still enough pubs open to be selected as award winning by CAMRA’s local branch members.

They vote for their winning pub based on customer service, value for money, decor, customer mix, atmosphere and, of course, the quality of the beer!

The West Midlands region’s winners are as follows:


Royal Oak, Barton-under-Needwood, DE13 8JD Burton-on-Trent & South Derbys.
The Red Cow, Lower Gornal, DY3 2PR Dudley & South Staffordshire
The Sun Inn, Stafford, ST17 4JX Heart of Staffordshire
The Barrels, Hereford, HR1 2JQ Herefordshire
Hollybush, Stourport-on-severn, DY13 9AA Kidderminster (Sub Branch)
The Holy Inadequate, Stoke-on-Trent, ST1 5PE Potteries
The Weighbridge, Alvechurch, B48 7SQ Redditch & Bromsgrove
Seven Stars, Rugby, CV21 2SH Rugby
The Vaults, Knowle, B93 0JU Solihull & District
The Cross Keys Hotel, Hednesford, WS12 2DN Staffordshire
The Duke Of Cambridge, Short Heath, WV12 5QD Walsall

The majority of these winning pubs will now move forward to CAMRA’s Regional Pub of the Year competition (announced in September) with the winner of that award standing a chance of winning CAMRA’s National Pub of the Year (announced in February 2014).

Mike Benner, CAMRA Chief Executive said: “Community Pubs Month is a month long celebration of the Great British Pub and its importance to the surrounding community. These winning pubs have been voted the best in their local areas by the local CAMRA members and are examples of the kind of well run and valued community pubs we hope to see more of throughout the UK.”

Community Pubs Month encourages pubs to organise events that will encourage more of the community to use them throughout April. The national campaign also encourages pubs to try different marketing ideas that they may have not tried before. CAMRA hopes the positive outcomes will help pubs in the future.

6,000 pubs across the UK have been sent a promotional packs and are involved in Community Pubs Month. A list of events that have been fed back to CAMRA and happening across Britain can be found at


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