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September 14, 2017updated 15 Sep 2017 9:18am

Good Beer Guide: These are the best pubs in the UK’s major counties

By Luke Christou

The Good Beer Guide 2018 has arrived, confirming the best places to grab a pint around the United Kingdom.

Celebrating the title’s 45th year, publisher CAMRA has packed 4,500 of the nation’s best pubs into this year’s guide.

Each week, approximately 29 pubs across the UK close their doors, as business rates push up prices and chains lower theirs. Independent pubs serving real ale are being forced out of business.

However, Wetherspoon’s aside, there are still plenty of great places to quench your thirst up and down the country.

If you’re out and about and fancy a tipple, these are the best pubs in some of the UK’s major counties, as selected by the Good Beer Guide 2018:

London – The Hope, Carshalton

Beating off competition from 35 other London pubs, The Hope in Carshalton, Sutton, has been named as London’s best pub in the Good Beer Guide 2018.

The community-owned pub has topped the list by keeping it simple, with just seven pumps and a limited food menu.

West Midlands – Weavers Real Ale House, Kidderminster

The Weavers Real Ale House proves that service, rather than size, is what matters.

The single room micropub has been named as the best pub in the West Midlands, serving eight ales, four ciders, six craft beers and a selection of spirits.

Greater Manchester – Wigan Central, Wigan

The only pub in Wigan that specialises in real ale, Wigan Central has been named as the best pub in Manchester in this year’s guide.

Owned by the local Prospect Brewery, Wigan Central offers a range of their own brews, as well as bottles from breweries around the world.

Yorkshire – George & Dragon, Hudswell

Named as the Pub of the Year in the 2016 guide, the George & Dragon has earned yet another honour in the Good Beer Guide 2018, having been named as the best pub in Yorkshire.

It was saved from the brink of closure by Hudswell residents back in 2008, so it’s great to see the George & Dragon is thriving almost a decade on.

Kent – Flower Pot, Maidstone

The Flower Pot has been named as the best pub in the county for a third time, having also claimed the title back in 2010 and 2011.

Homemade pizza aside, the Flower Pot offers a wide selection of real ales and ciders. However, it is the “warm and welcoming” atmosphere that earned the pub the honour.

Merseyside – The Cricketers Arms, St Helens

Offering that local pub atmosphere that so many are now missing, The Cricketers Arms has been picked as the best pub in Merseyside for a third consecutive year.

The Cricketers has grown in popularity since Andy and Denise Evans took over back in 2012. This could owe to the fact that Andy regularly sings to his beer – an extra that the punters seem to love.

Surrey – Anchored in Worthing, Worthing

Having been named as Surrey’s best pub last year, Anchored in Worthing has secured the title for another 12 months.

With a layout that encourages conversation, Anchored offers a range of ales, ciders and wines from local breweries.

Nottinghamshire – Just Beer, Newark

Just Beer is no stranger to success, having been picked as Newark’s Pub of the Year for five consecutive years. It is now the East Midlands’ Pub of the Year for 2018 too.

Having served over 3,000 different beers over the years, Just Beer provides the little guys with a place to put their products in front of paying customers.

Tweeddale – The Bridge Inn, Peebles

Located in Peebles, Tweeddale, The Bridge Inn has been chosen as the best pub in Scotland. A massive achievement in itself, the pub is now also in the running to become the UK’s Pub of the Year.

The Bridge Inn is exactly what you would expect from a small, local pub. A log burner blazes and a TV plays the football, while the locals enjoy a pint of real ale.

Ceredigion – Druid Inn, Goginan

CAMRA has chosen Druid Inn, located in Goginan, Ceredigion, as Wales’ best pub for the second year running.

Having featured in the Good Beer Guide for 42 consecutive years, you know you’re in good hands at this small, local (but welcoming) village pub.

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