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IMAG8859CAMRA has named the best four pubs in the country as part of it’s Pub of the Year 2017 competition, one of the most respected and well-known pub awards in the UK.
Two rival pubs from the North West have made the list this year - Wigan Central in Wigan and the Cricketers in St Helens. Wigan Central boasts a unique railway-themed interior and sources real ale from all over, with continental bottled beers displayed in a ‘beer library’. The Cricketers is a friendly, local community pub saved from closure just four years ago that boasts 13 handpumps on the bar and runs beer festivals and jam nights throughout the year.
A presentation for reaching the final 4 will be taking place in the Cricketers on Sat 18th Nov from 3pm.
Both of these pubs are easily accessible by train using the Northern Rail service from Lime Street to Preston, which runs on an hourly basis Mon – Sat departing Lime Street at 28 minutes past the hour during the day but other slower, stopping services are also available.
Also among the finalists is the Weavers Real Ale House in Kidderminster, a relatively new, one-room micropub. It serves eight real ales and four ciders and perries on handpump and has six craft beers on tap. Finally, also in the running, for the second year in a row, is the Stanford Arms in Lowestoft, East Anglia. A thriving, traditional back-street pub, the Stanford Arms serves mainly local beers and ciders, and boasts live music at the weekends.
All of the pubs in the competition are selected by CAMRA volunteers and judged on their atmosphere, decor, welcome, service, value for money, customer mix and most importantly – quality of beer.
The finalists will now have a chance to win the National title, to be announced in February 2018.
The competition co-ordinator, Andrea Briers, said: “All of these pubs should be very proud of themselves for reaching this stage in the competition. It is a huge honour to be considered one of the top four pubs across the country. While each of these pubs offers something unique to their visitors, they all share the foundation of what makes a great pub - a warm and welcoming atmosphere, excellent service and a fantastic range of beers.”

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