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Pick of the Pubs: Research Reveals the Best Pubs in the UK

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New study by reveals ten of the top pubs around the UK.

  • Results based on factors such as quality of food and drinks, best feature and accessibility
  • The Cottage Loaf in Llandudno, Wales was ranked no.1 pub in the UK due to value for money and local beers
  • Research reveals the most expensive and cheapest pints across the UK
  • Buckingham scores top spot with avg. pint costing £2London is unsurprisingly the most expensive on average at £5 per pint

With schools across England and Wales finishing for Summer and nine million people expected to head off on leisure trips across the UK – new research from analyses the perfect pitstops on route and reveals the best in British pubs from the finest cask ales to great value grub.

Analysing over 50 pubs from some of the UK’s most popular holiday destinations such as Cornwall, Yorkshire and Wales – the Pick of the Pubs guide shortlists the top ten public houses based on a series of ranking factors.

Each establishment has been individually judged based on quality of food and drink, best features as chosen by local customers, accessibility and overall reviews and satisfaction on TripAdvisor.

The Cottage Loaf, Llandudno voted the top pub

The top pub was revealed to be The Cottage Loaf in Llandudno, Wales, where rave reviews online and regular local beers saw it as a cut above the rest. The average cost of a pint in the area is £2.95, with an inexpensive, quality meal costing just £10.

A recent reviewer explains, “The food looks and is amazing, there is so much variety on the menu. Home cooked large meals that are at a good price as well as the drinks”.

The Boat Inn makes the top five pubs in the UK

The Boat Inn, Ashleworth, The Cotswolds was voted in second place by the Pick of the Pubs. Based on their enviable location perfectly situated on the River Severn, the pub is a frequent CAMRA (campaign for real ale) award winner thanks to its incredible offering of guest beers from local breweries.

The typical price of a local beer in the area is just £3.50 a pint with a local meal such as The Boat Inn’s gourmet burgers and hand cut chips typically costing no more than £11.50.

A recent review by a local said: “It really is a lovely pub with a really nice selection of beers and ciders which can be enjoyed outside where there’s plenty of seating next to the river or inside the cosy pub”.

Hicks Bar scores within the top five pubs in the UK

Hicks Bar in St Austell, Cornwall was voted number three in Pick of the Pubs. Along with a traditional menu of locally sourced, fresh ingredients and award-winning St Austell Brewery ales, Hicks Bar offer a unique ‘brewing experience’ tour where visitors can sample some of the Small Batch Brewery’s most popular brews.

With the average cost of a local beer in the area at £3.80 and an inexpensive meal averaging at £12.50, Hicks Bar is the perfect pit stop to experience some of the best local dishes Cornwall has to offer.

A recent review by a local said: “The brewery tour is really interesting and informative. The staff are a credit to the bar and are clearly passionate about their job, I would definitely recommend it to all my friends”.

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Pick of the pubs: research reveals the best pubs in the UK




Buckingham revealed as the home to the UK’s cheapest pint

Collating data surrounding consumer spending, the Pick of the Pubs guide also reveals where in the UK houses the cheapest and most expensive pint.

Surprisingly, and topping the charts is Buckingham – where a pint of domestic beer will set you back a mere £2. This is over 50% cheaper than the capital, where you can expect to pay at least £5 for the equivalent pint of beer.

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Top ten cheapest pints in the UK






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Top ten most expensive pints in the UK






James Morris, CEO at said: “A great local pub is engrained in UK culture and a vital part of any British holiday.

“We’re lucky to have such incredible establishments across the UK, offering good quality food and drink that showcase local life and support small businesses.

“It’s interesting to discover that the cheapest pints are hidden in the pubs of Buckingham, we certainly weren’t expecting that.

“Holidaymakers need to make sure they take enough money if they’re heading to some of the more expensive watering holes. We hope this guide will allow users to find out a little bit more about a pub either near them or where they are going on holiday”.

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