The choice of ales available on tap these days has led to a boom in bold inventive brewing as well as resurgence in the old-way-done-right and where better to start our guide than with an antique gem in Brassington, Derbyshire. The aptly named Olde Gate Inn (p.216 in The Good Pub Guide 2017) oozes tradition, and was awarded the Unspoilt Pub of the Year Award for 2017. The prestige is warranted; immaculately preserved articles like the 17th century kitchen range, huge, oaken beams, and stoneware flagons. You can be guaranteed a no-nonsense pint by this stalwart of the British pubscape.
If the humble pint is more up your alley, The Fat Cat in Norwich (p.543 in The Good Pub Guide 2017) lays claim to the Beer Pub of the Year 2017, and for good reason; an ever changing menu of at least 32 beers are housed in the Fat Cat, some of which are home brewed. The enthusiasm extends to foreign bottled beer and an array of ciders from across Britain.
This trend of variety and commitment to craft brewing is without doubt best espoused at the Watermill at Ings (p. 192 in The Good Pub Guide 2017), winner of the Good Pub Guide’s Own Brew Pub of the Year. The cleverly converted and tastefully refurbished pub brews ten of its own ales, all of which are unique and genuinely exquisite. A must-go for any beer enthusiast.
A combination of all these elements distils to what the Good Pub Guide believes to be the Pub of the Year. The Horse Gardens in Tillington (p.794 in The Good Pub Guide 2017), Sussex, encompasses all things great about The British Pub. Boasting wooden beams, original panelling and large open fires, this 18th century inn feels modern with its terrace hammocks and tasteful deckchairs, loaning a contemporary touch to the old style surroundings. The food is delicious and the drinks are even better.
Discover pubs like this and more in our 2017 guide, which is available HERE