Our Rural Pub of the Year shortlist, compiled by CAMRA.
THE SURREY OAKS Newdigate, Surrey
An attractive 16th-century Surrey inn committed to real ale, with low beams, flagstones and an inglenook fireplace. In the large garden there are boules pistes, and a skittle alley in the barn.
THE PILOT Swansea, Glamorgan
A welcoming local on the Mumbles’ seafront, home to Mumbles Brewing Company. This 1849 pub is next to the coastal path and popular with lifeboatmen, locals, real ale fans, walkers and cyclists. Six ales are always available, including three or four from the pub brewery.
THE SALUTATION INN Ham, Gloucestershire
This rural gem in the Severn Valley is within walking distance of the Jenner Museum, Berkley Castle and Deer Park and boasts an inspired selection of ales and eight real ciders and perries. The pub has two cosy bars with a log fire and a skittles alley.
THE WINDMILL Sevenoaks, Kent
The homely interior features wooden settles, a log-burning stove, etched windows, an excellent selection of ales and ciders, a good menu and a quiet, colourful garden.
THE JOHN BULL Alnwick, Northumberland
This 180-year-old inn has a vast range of cask-conditioned ales, real cider, whiskey and bottled Belgian beers. Darts teams compete in the local league and the pub has a traditional annual leek show.
STEAM PACKET INN Isle of Whithorn, Dumfries & Galloway
This historic harbourside hotel welcomes locals, visitors, families and pets. The public bar has stone walls and a multi-fuel stove, and is decorated with pictures of the village and maritime events.
THE FRESHFIELD Formby, Merseyside
A great community local, this shabby chic pub has a wide variety of ales, good food,
a real open fire and a pretty courtyard. Staff are genial and dogs are welcome.
PRINCE OF WALES Foxfield, Cumbria
A splendid pub with guest ales from the two house breweries plus many others.
FIVE BELLS Wickham, Berkshire
A 17th-century thatched village pub steeped in character, with nine regularly changing real ales and ciders.
THE HAREWOOD ARMS Broadbottom, Cheshire
Warmed by open fires, this large community pub with the Green Mill brewery in its cellar has a friendly atmosphere, pool table and elevated darts area.