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CAMRA celebrates the best pub designs in Britain






CAMRA celebrates the best pub designs in Britain 

Press Release

For Immediate Release: Wednesday 5th April 2017


Today, the Campaign for Real Ale will unveil the best pub designs across Britain, which includes a formerstrippers' pub, a 300-plus year old public house and a stunning Edwardian street corner local.

The pubs will be awarded at an event open to the press (5th April at 1 pm) at the Scottish Stores in London, which won this year's Conservation Award. The Scottish Stores, a listed Grade II building, was designed in 1900-01 when joints of deer meat used to hang from the bar to be bought by visiting Scotsmen. In the 1980s it was restyled and was renowned as one of the last remaining strippers' pubs in London. In 2015 it was conserved back to its Jacobean-style woodwork in a splendid example of how to bring a much-loved, urban landmark back to life.

The Refurbishment and Joe Goodwin Awards have both gone to the Tim Bobbin in Burnley, Lancashire. This handsome stone building dates by to 1701, but was insensitively restored in the 1960s, leading it to look very tired and sad by the 1990s. Now Samuel Smiths' in-house architects have rescued this prominent pub through an excellent refurbishment.

The Ship Inn in Shalesmoor, Sheffield was also commended in the refurbishment category. Its interior was allowed to deteriorate after its surrounding community was bulldozed and it found itself perched on the edge of a busy road. Having been shut for many years, the pub has now been restored to its former Edwardian glitz and glitter.

Sean Murphy, CAMRA's Pub Design Awards coordinator says: "This year the judges have singled out three buildings - all of which, in their own way, point to a bright future for the traditional British pub. All three show the huge potential for restoring and preserving much-loved heritage pubs to their former glory, even after decades of change."

The Pub Design Awards of 2016 aimed to find the most stunningly designed pubs in the UK. The awards, held in association with Historic England, recognise high standards of architecture in the refurbishment and the conservation of existing pubs.


Media Contact:
CAMRA Press Office:
01727 337863
Notes to Editor:
CAMRA, the Campaign for Real Ale, is a not-for-profit consumer group with over 186,000 members that has been operating since 1971. Our vision is to have quality real ale and thriving pubs in every community.

The Pub Design awards aim to find the most stunningly designed pubs in the UK. Categories include the below.

Photos available here

Refurbishment: Refurbishment can range from a complete gutting and replacement to an enhancement of what was originally there. Refurbishment should suit the individual pub and not be an excuse to use uniform furnishings to brand the pub with brewery or pub companies images.

Winner: Tim Bobbin in Burnley

Commended: The Ship Inn in Shalesmoor Sheffield

Conservation award: This award, sponsored by Historic England, is usually given for work which conserves what is good in the pub to ensure its future for generations of customers.

Winner: Scottish Stores in London

Joe Goodwin Award: named after the late CAMRA chair Joe Goodwin - is reserved for outstanding refurbished street-corner locals

Winner: Tim Bobbin in Burnley