"The Classic Basic Unspoilt Pubs of Great Britain"
This list comes from a copy of a single sheet list identified as "No 46 of a limited edition of 100 RWC/ASHFORD/APRIL 1994", which I was given in a pub in Wales a couple of years ago. So it stands to reason that some these pubs might have disappeared - try ringing them before trekking out... Meanwhile, my apologies to "RWC" for breaching his copyright. I've repeated his original introduction below the list.
|Derbyshire||Kirk Ireton||Barley Mow|
|Dorset||Worth Matravers||Square & Compass|
|East Sussex||Hadlow Down||New|
|Hertfordshire||High Wych||Rising Sun|
|Stoke Talmage||Red Lion|
|Witham Friary||Seymour Arms|
|Durham||Cornsay Colliery||Fir Tree|
|Hereford & Worcestershire||Kington||Olde Tavern|
|Norfolk||Burnham Thorpe||Lord Nelson|
|Gloucestershire||Ampney St Peter||Red Lion|
|Hereford & Worcestershire||Risbury||Hop Pole|
|North Yorkshire||Beck Hole||Birch Hall|
|Gloucestershire||Duntisbourne Abbots||Five Mile House|
|Shropshire||Halfway House||Seven Stars|
Five stars (and, thus, probably the best pub in Great Britain)
|Hereford & Worcestershire||Leintwardine||Sun|
RWC's original introduction:
This is not just another list of the Classic British pubs. Many existing lists rely totally on other people's findings. This list is different in that the compiler has personally visited over 80 pubs that possibly warranted inclusion in a definitive list.
Apart from the obvious criteria of being Basic and Unspoilt, all pubs in this list sell Real Ale. Many of the 80+ visited have been "improved" or found to be just not worthy of the description "Basic and Unspoilt". Some, unfortunately, did not sell Real Ale. Sadly, others considered for the list have closed since "inspections" began in May 1993.
The compiler therefore feels that this list could arguably be regarded as the definitive list of the "Classic Basic Unspoilt Pubs of Great Britain". Others may well disagree - especially with the star ratings - which can be only one person's opinion.
In producing this list, the compiler acknowledges the recommendations given by MC, RLC, RD, CJE, JH, TH, DL, RAM and JW.