Get us in your inbox

Interior of a pub, UK
Photograph: Alex Segre /

Here are all the winners of the Great British Pub Awards 2023

From gardens to grub, these are the finest boozers in the country right now

Liv Kelly
Written by
Liv Kelly

With the weather turning cool and autumn fast approaching, it’s the ideal time of year to hunker down at a toasty spot in one of the UK’s many, many fantastic pubs. And there simply could not be a better time to find out which of those pubs are better than all the rest. 

The Great British Pub Awards are sought-after accolades in the pub world and this year they saw a record number of establishments entering the competition. Each of the 18 categories was judged by a panel of industry professionals, who determined the very best boozers across the country. If anyone really knows their stuff, it’s these guys. 

And it was The Cholmondeley Arms in Cheshire that won the title of overall Great British Pub of the Year. Known to the locals as ‘The Chum’, it’s in a former Victorian schoolhouse and still boasts classroom tables and the odd blackboard. 

The place was considered a ‘lost cause’ until Tim Bird and Mary Maclaughlin took it over in 2011 and gave it a major revamp. Now, The Cholmondeley Arms offers a menu full of delicious local ingredients, including a hand-crafted steak and kidney pie, plus the pub’s own gin, which is just one of their whopping collection of 366 varieties. 

It also won the title of best country/rural pub, which is a testament to how hard the pair have worked to turn the place around – their success sounds well deserved.  

The winner of the best city/urban pub was The Turk’s Head, in Twickenham, London, which is full to the rafters on rugby match days. However, it’s also a community hub – the place has a running club and choir, plus regular jazz, soul and blues nights. 

For the foodies out there, it’s worth checking out one of the celebrated pub kitchens which was crowned, too. The best pub for food award went to The Loch & The Tyne in Berkshire, and the Candlelight Inn in Somerset, and The Cricketers in Lancashire, both have kitchens run by award-winning chefs. 

All the 2023 winners of the Great British Pub Awards

Overall Great British Pub of the Year (and Best Country / Rural Pub) - The Cholmondeley Arms, Cheshire

Best Pub for Food - The Loch & The Tyne, Old Windsor, Berkshire

Best Pub Garden - Gaggle of Geese, Buckland Newton, Dorchester, Dorset

Best Pub for Families - The Plough, Normanton on the Wolds, Nottinghamshire

Best Pub for Dogs - The Bellflower, Garstang, Lancashire

Best Pub to Watch Sport - The Royal Dyche, Burnley, Lancashire

Community Hero  - The Old Abbey Taphouse, Manchester

Best Sustainable Pub - Stroud Brewery Taproom, Stroud, Gloucestershire

Best City/Urban Pub - The Turk's Head, Twickenham, Greater London

Best Pub for Entertainment - The Kings Arms, Bexleyheath, South East London

Stonegate Group Pub Partners Pub of the Year - Woodman, Pinner & Ruislip, Greater London

Punch Pubs & Co. Pub of the Year - The Plough, Prestbury, Cheltenham

Greene King Pub of the Year - Stag at Lyndhurst, Lyndhurst, Hampshire

Admiral Taverns Pub of the Year - Boot & Shoe, Ackworth, Pontefract, West Yorkshire

Marston's Pub of the Year - Rose & Crown, Worcester, Worcestershire

Best Pub Chef  - Charlotte Vincent at the Candlelight Inn, Bishopswood, Somerset

Best Young Pub Chef - Karl Quirante at The Cricketers, Ormskirk, Lancashire

Did you see that the UK is officially one of the freest countries in the world?

Stay in the loop: sign up to our free Time Out UK newsletter for the latest UK news and the best stuff happening across the country.

You may also like
You may also like