Pub saved from closure by locals is named Britain’s BEST in CAMRA’s Good Beer Guide… did YOUR boozer make the list?

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A PUB rescued by a local has been named the best in Britain and your local watering hole could have made the list.

The Wonston Arms in Hampshire was derelict and empty for four years before Matt Todd bought and transformed it.

The Wonston Arms in Hampshire has been crowned the best pub in Britain
The Wonston Arms in Hampshire has been crowned the best pub in Britain
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The Wonston Arms was derelict four years ago before a local bought it up
The Wonston Arms was derelict four years ago before a local bought it up
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The Campaign for Real Ale (Camra) gave the boozer the top spot for its wide range of cask ales and for putting on social events such as quizzes, food nights and even a photography club.

Todd’s pub, in the village of Wonston, has also raised more than £25,000 for charity.

He said: “I’m overwhelmed that our little pub – which had been handed a death sentence four years ago – has now been named the very best in the country.

“I have strived to recreate the kind of pub I went to in the 1970s with my dad when I was a young boy in the north of England.”

“The support from the local community and beyond has been overwhelming, helping to propel us forward despite these testing times.”

The pub is affectionately named “The best little pub in Hampshire” and has been focusing on helping the community since it was rescued.

‘MORE THAN JUST A BUSINESS’

Todd added: “Ultimately I’d like to see our pub play a vital role in supporting and employing local residents and recirculating the local pounds that are spent in our pub.

“To do this, we need to ensure our continued survival with the likes of small business rate relief, which has been absolutely vital to getting us through our fledgling years, helping us to realise our potential.”

Ben Wilkinson, National Pub of the Year Coordinator, said: “Matt and his team have created a fantastic rural village pub with a great atmosphere by shaping it around the community and its needs.

“They have realised that it takes something special to create a sense of real belonging so that people want to come out of their homes and back in the pub.

“Pubs like the Wonston Arms highlight what communities stand to lose if their local pub closes – something being experienced in all too many places.

“These types of pubs are more than just businesses, they are the heart of our local communities and part of what makes the UK the country it is.”

The Wonston Arms took the top spot out of a prestigious list of the top 16 pubs in the country.


In the top 16 were a diverse range of pubs from micro-pubs to street-corner locals to community-run pubs.

These pubs do more than just serve beer as many brew their own, host beer festivals and local events.

Each pub was judged on its atmosphere, décor, welcome service, value for money, customer mix and the quality real ale.

Did your pub make the top 16?

  • Volunteer Arms (Staggs), Musselburgh – Scotland
  • George & Dragon, Hudswell – Yorkshire
  • Chequers, Little Gransden – East Anglia
  • Cricketers Arms, St Helens – Merseyside
  • Fountain Inn, Leek – West Midlands
  • Little Bare, Morecambe – West Penines
  • Nag’s Head, Reading – Central Southern
  • Little Green Dragon, Enfield – Greater London
  • Lanes, Dover – Kent
  • White Hart, Bargate – East Midlands
  • Surrey Oaks, Newdigate – Surrey
  • Bridge End Inn, Ruabon – Wales
  • Fleece Inn, Hillesley – South West
  • Golden Smog, Stockton-on-Tees – North East
  • Flying Horse, Rochdale – Greater Manchester

The Wonston Arms has hit the top spot because of its range of cask ales
The Wonston Arms has hit the top spot because of its range of cask ales
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The pub is known for its social events including a photography club
The pub is known for its social events including a photography club
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The Volunteer Arms (Staggs), Musselburgh has been run be the same family since 1858
The Volunteer Arms (Staggs) in Musselburgh has been run be the same family since 1858
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The George & Dragon in Hudswell was rescued and refurbished in 2010 after a successful community buyout
The George & Dragon in Hudswell was rescued and refurbished in 2010 after a successful community buyout
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Chequers in Little Gransden has made it in the Good Beer Guide for 24 of the 60 years it has been run by the same family
Chequers in Little Gransden has made it in the Good Beer Guide for 24 of the 60 years it has been run by the same family
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The Cricketers Arms in St Helens has 13 handpumps at the bar as it prides itself in having a wide variety of cask ales
The Cricketers Arms in St Helens has 13 handpumps at the bar as it prides itself in having a wide variety of cask ales
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The Fountain Inn in Leek has 10 handpulls with eight serving real ales and two serving ciders
The Fountain Inn in Leek has 10 handpulls with eight serving real ales and two serving ciders
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The Little Bare in Morecambe used to be an off-licence until it opened as a micropub in 2017
The Little Bare in Morecambe used to be an off-licence until it opened as a micropub in 2017
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The Nag’s Head in Reading serves award-winning ciders
The Nag’s Head in Reading serves award-winning ciders
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The Little Green Dragon in Enfield, Greater London used to be a hairdresser before becoming a micropub
The Little Green Dragon in Enfield, Greater London used to be a hairdresser before becoming a micropub
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Lanes in Dover serves more than 10 ciders
Lanes in Dover serves more than 10 ciders
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The White Hart in Bargate took the local Camra Pub of the Year prize in 2017 and 2018
The White Hart in Bargate took the local Camra Pub of the Year prize in 2017 and 2018
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The Surrey Oaks in Newdigate is known as an attractive 16th century inn
The Surrey Oaks in Newdigate is known as an attractive 16th century inn
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The Bridge End Inn in Ruabon is a traditional award-winning pub
The Bridge End Inn in Ruabon is a traditional award-winning pub
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The Fleece Inn in Hillesley has a single bar with a wood-burning stove, a separate lounge/dining room and a snug area
The Fleece Inn in Hillesley has a single bar with a wood-burning stove, a separate lounge/dining room and a snug area
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The Golden Smog in Stockton-on-Tees is the town's first micropub
The Golden Smog in Stockton-on-Tees is the town’s first micropub
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The Flying Horse in Rochdale was built in 1691
The Flying Horse in Rochdale was built in 1691
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