Britain’s most Beautiful Pubs

They may not have a historical pedigree stretching back centuries, but several pubs across England have been deemed important enough to be granted listed status.

In his 1946 essay Moon Under Water, writer George Orwell described his ideal fictional pub.

He wrote that it would be “uncompromisingly Victorian” – offering “no glass-topped tables or other modern miseries… no sham roof-beams, inglenooks or plastic panels masquerading as oak”.

The latest list of pubs to be granted listed status may not have been to Orwell’s taste. Certainly, there’s a decent sprinkling of mock Tudor beams.

From Art Decco to Mock Tudor and whether or not you agree with Orwell, we should be very proud of these fabulous buildings housing our local hostelries, embrace their character and support their cause.

Let’s raise a glass to the most picturesque pubs the country has to offer, and let us know what you think…

Star Pubs & Bars Awards 2020

Star Pubs & Bars 2020 Award Winners

Every year those nice folk at Star Pubs & Bars hold an awards ceremony to recognise their best people and their best pubs. This year’s awards were hosted by comedian Joel Dommett and attended by 250 people at the five-star Luton Hoo Hotel in Bedfordshire..

Winners were announced in sixteen categories ranging from Best Food to Most Family-Friendly pub. Patricia and Adrian Watson of the Elephant & Castle at Hemingfield in South Yorkshire won Star Pub of the Year – after also receiving the prize for Marketing – for their superb standards in every area of the pub’s operation.

Star Pubs & Bar Award Winners List

Best Bar Team

Rose Hanison, The Black Horse, Norwich

Live Sports Venue

Belle Pubs & Restaurants, Griffin Belle, Vauxhall, London

Heart of the Community

Andrew Bear, The Engine, Kenilworth

Famous for Food

Darren and Kelly Lea, The Faulkner, Hoole

Most Family Friendly

Kate Hayden and Paul Warriner, The Extraordinary Hare, West Hendred

Best Outdoor Pub

Howard and Victoria Lapish, the Hooden Smokehouse & Cellar, Ashford

Pint Perfection

Matthew Muszynski, The Salisbury Ale House, Manchester

Best Cask Pub

Shaun Slater, The Black Rock, Wakefield


Patricia and Adrian Watson, the Elephant & Castle, Hemingfield

Best Newcomer

Paul Collins, The Roebuck, Forsbrook

Most Innovative

Eimear and Mark Walsh, The Winchmore, Winchmore Hill

Best Soft Drinks

Whiting and Hammond, The Blue Ball, Walton on the Hill

Best Spirits

David King, City Tavern, Newcastle

Best Wine

Andrew and Sisi Ryder, The Phoenix Inn, Hartley Wintney

Just Add Talent Pub of the Year

Stephen and Vicky Pritchard, The Dog & Partridge, Stockport

Star Pub of the Year

Patricia and Adrian Watson, the Elephant & Castle, Hemingfield