Celebrate Pride in the best pubs

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Celebrate Pride in the best pubs

As part of CAMRA’s Summer of Pub campaign to promote pub-going over the warmer months while celebrating our first summer without restrictions, the Campaign has partnered with Ask for Clive to promote Pub Pride, taking place on Friday 27 May.

Pub Pride is an opportunity for communities to celebrate the event locally and promote inclusive and welcoming spaces for LGBTQ+ people everywhere. Pub Pride events range from displaying event flags and bunting to full on cabaret nights, discos and karaoke.

There are hundreds of Pub Pride events taking place across the country and you can search for events near you on our Summer of Pub map. Below is a selection of participating pubs that have also made it into CAMRA’s Good Beer Guide, so you know you’ll be able to find a good pint!

Rising Sun 1-3 Front Street, Slip End, LU1 4BP

A pub that dates from around the mid-19th century, this welcoming comfy two-bar village local has been run by the local Wheathampstead brewery Farr Brew since May 2019 following a much-needed complete refurbishment. Two rotating ales from Farr Brew are served plus a range of their bottles and a changing guest ale. 

Mad Squirrel Brewery Shop Emporium 4-5 Church Street, High Wycombe, HP11 2DE

One of Mad Squirrel's family of venues. It is a specialist beer shop, with a tasting bar and pizzeria. It offers three real ales, one real cider and 11 craft/keg beers too, as well as more than 200 bottled/canned beers.

Pied Bull 57 Northgate Street, Chester, CH1 2HQ

The oak-beamed city-centre pub is the oldest continuously licensed premises in Chester and is also reputed to be haunted. Staff are knowledgeable, enthusiastic and friendly. Site of the only microbrewery within the walls of Chester, the pub produces a rapidly expanding range of house ales (including the CAMRA award-winning beer Matador). House ales are also available as bottled take-outs. All Pied Bull beers are sold at the same £4.75 per pint (as at April 2022) regardless of strength. The beer garden is a boon in warm weather.

White Hart Alehouse Market Cross, Sturminster Newton, DT10 1AN

In the town centre this thatched Grade II-listed pub is now a free house, offering half a dozen ales and a selection of bottled craft beers. Local breweries are well supported, and a range of boxed cider adds to the choices. The open-plan, beamed bar has ample seating and a piano. 

Elephant & Castle Amwell Lane, Amwell, AL4 8EA

Hidden away in a peaceful setting, this rural community pub is popular with cyclists and walkers. It is leased by local brewer Farr Brew. The front bar features terracotta tiles and a fireplace, the rear bar features a 100ft well. There are two gardens - one child-friendly. Lunches are served daily and evening meals are available Tuesday to Saturday. The pub also sells English wines and locally distilled gins.

Lower Red Lion 34-36 Fishpool Street, St. Albans, AL3 4RX

Both bars in this classic Grade II-listed pub have plenty of character and history. Located in a conservation area between the city centre and the site of Roman Verulamium, the pub stands in one of St Albans' most picturesque streets. The Lower Red was an early champion of CAMRA’s values in the real ale revival movement and continues to this day stocking real ales. Home-made food is served lunchtimes and weekday evenings. An excellent B&B is available and the pub also has a large beer garden.

Mermaid 98 Hatfield Road, St. Albans, AL1 3RL

Friendly, welcoming community local with a diverse clientele. The attractive interior of the pub, decorated with old mirrors, pub signs and other breweriana, is complemented by an impressive and recently-enlarged covered garden. Oakham Citra and five ever-changing guest ales are always available, usually including at least one darker beer style. Up to 15 real ciders and perries are also on offer, as well as a selection of unusual bottled foreign beers. The Mermaid is a previous winner of South Herts CAMRA's branch pub of the year award and regular winner of its Cider Pub of the Year award. Try the pies!

Robin Hood 126 Victoria Street, St. Albans, AL1 3TG

A warm and friendly single-bar community pub near St Albans City station. Real cider is always available to complement the ever-changing beer range. A secluded garden to the rear offers summer enjoyment while inside there is a traditional jukebox, dart board, table skittles, selection of board games, and daily newspapers available. South Herts CAMRA's Branch Pub of the Year in 2021.

Six Bells 16-18 St Michael's Street, St. Albans, AL3 4SH

This characterful 16th-century pub is located in the attractive St Michael's area of St Albans. A short walk from the city centre and abbey, it sits on the edge of Verulamium Park and close to the Roman Museum. Four regular beers and two changing guests, including at least one offering from Hertfordshire. Real cider may be available on handpull in the summer months. Good quality home-cooked food is served lunchtimes and evenings and themed food evenings are run from time to time. Outside there is a pleasant patio area. Famously dog friendly.

Reading Rooms 36 The High Street, Wheathampstead, AL4 8AA

The first brewer-owned micropub and bottle shop in South Hertfordshire, opening in June 2018. Run by Farr Brew brewery which is based on Samuels Farm just two miles away. A former florist, the building has been transformed into a micropub with three distinct rooms including the whole of the upper floor. Featuring three beers from Farr Brew along with one keg beer from its range and a real cider along with drinks from Black Bridge, a local distillery.

Rising Sun 1 Canal Side, George Street, Berkhamsted, HP4 2EG

Traditional pub which adopted the environs of lock 55 in 2013. The four changing guest beers and 15 real ciders/perries are accompanied by bottled French ciders, snuff, cigars, and unusual spirits and liqueurs. Three inside areas, canalside seating and a sunken patio make this a pub for any time of the year. Food is restricted to its renowned ploughman’s.

Painters Arms 51 Cross Street, Cowes, PO31 7TA

Plenty of friendly banter at the bar dominated by a sports TV. The beer garden now also has a TV. Redecorated in keeping with the traditional character, the superb building dates from around 1903. The earlier Painters Arms stood at the head of Temperance Terrace, a renowned Cowes alleyway with its own community, where now sadly is a car park.

Blue Boar 16 Millstone Lane, Leicester, LE1 5JN

Micropub opened in 2016 on the ground floor of a building in a conservation area previously used as offices. There is a single light, airy room with a bar opposite as you enter. Behind the counter, through a glass partition, the cellar may be viewed. Board games and reading material may be found on shelves, and there are displays of old maps of Leicester around the walls. Guest beers are sourced from microbreweries around the country and include many rare beers. A full range of Samuel Smith's bottled beers is also available. Oversize glasses ensure customers get a full pint. No meals are served, but local pork pies and well-filled cheese or ham cobs are sold.

Albion 45 Fairfield Road, Kingston, KT1 2PY

Taken over in September 2016 by Big Smoke brewery and follows its usual successful formula. Cosy, wood-panelled interior with varnished wood floors. There's 10 ales available, including three from Big Smoke and others from local and national micros. Home-cooked food is also available. L-shaped interior with a small seating area to the front and a larger on to the side which leads to the patio garden with heaters. 

Antelope 87 Maple Road, Surbiton, KT6 4AW

Original home of the Big Smoke brewery, from which two or three cask beers are usually available, the rest of the 10 changing beers come mainly from independent breweries and micros. Up to six traditional ciders and perries also served from dedicated handpumps. Fairly spacious split-level L-shaped interior with varnished wooden floor. Dark wood panelling, grey paint above and candles complete the decor, with a real fire in winter. There is a covered, heated and lit courtyard at rear. Kingston & Leatherhead CAMRA joint Pub of the Year 2016 to 2018.

Prince of Wales Townhouse 73 Dalling Road, Hammersmith, W6 0JD

Following an extensive refurbishment of its interior and garden, the pub reopened in 2020 with a new name, incorporating its likely original one, the Prince of Wales, becoming his Townhouse. Presently there are connections with the well-regarded Big Smoke brewery, with its small chain of pubs in London and South-East England, Laine brewery, continuing its earlier role, and with Punch. The L-shaped bar, along much of the inside wall of the large single room, is equipped with 10 handpumps, usually offering a range of up to five cask ales and five ciders, plus 20 keg beer lines. Decor is light and airy, whilst seating consists of a mixture of upholstered banquettes and wooden chairs. Outside, the garden has been enhanced with a number of open-sided huts for four, some comfortable wooden tables and chairs with sunshades and a few of the Big Smoke signature biergarten-style long trestle tables with benches. 

Smithfield Market Tavern 37 Swan Street, Manchester, Manchester, M4 5JZ

Once one of the premier cask pubs in the Northern Quarter, it was returned to its former glories, extended and improved and is now a modern-day pub run by Manchester based Blackjack brewery. It was selected as Central Manchester CAMRA Cider Pub of the Year in 2019 for its long-term stocking of Hallets Cider from Wales and a selection of ciders, many of which are wild yeast versions. Serving six ever-changing cask ales, including mostly Blackjack brewery beers; 10 keg beers; and an eclectic selection of bottles. A family and dog friendly pub with games, a few comfy sofas, a hum of chatter, and newspapers.

Oakes Barn St Andrews St South, Bury St Edmunds, IP33 3PH

A real ale free house and social hub near the town centre with some period features and historic links to the mediaeval town. Six real ales are always available including one dark beer alongside craft cider. Home-made food comprises of lunchtime specials and snacks served all day. There is an outside covered smoking area and open courtyard with seating. 

Regent 2 Montrose Terrace, Edinburgh, EH7 5DL

A large brightly decorated tenement bar with two rooms and is popular with LGBT real ale drinkers. The comfortable seating includes banquettes, leather sofas and armchairs. Real ales are served without sparklers on request. Bar snacks and simple meals, including good vegetarian and vegan options, are available all day. A novel slant on pub games is the gymnastic pommel horse. Children over five are permitted until 8pm.

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