THE Bell Inn in Aldworth, has won CAMRA’s pres- tigious National Pub of the Year award

The Berkshire pub (right) scooped the top prize after judges praised its strong community focus, relaxed ambience and great beer. The only pub in Berkshire with a Grade-II listed interior, it last won the coveted pub title nearly 30 years ago.

Competition organiser Ben Wilkinson said: “The judges were impressed with how a stranger entering the pub was treated like a regular straight away. It’s clear the local customers use the pub as a community centre as well as a place to drink, and the warm welcome and knowledgeable staff made us feel right at home. Nothing canbeat the combination of good beer, great food and warm heritage pub.”

The Bell Inn last scooped the award when it was run by the current owner’s parents, Heather and Ian Macaulay. The current owner, Hugh, was delighted to see the award come home again after so many years.

Runners-up were Swan With Two Necks in Pendleton, George & Dragon in Hudswell and Red Lion in Preston, Herts.

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