"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.

One star

Derbyshire Kirk Ireton Barley Mow
Dorset Worth Matravers Square & Compass
Dyfed Llandovery Red Lion
East Sussex Hadlow Down New
Herstmonceux Welcome Stranger
Hampshire Fritham Royal Oak
Hertfordshire High Wych Rising Sun
Kent Snargate Red Lion
Oxfordshire Checkendon Black Horse
Steventon North Star
Stoke Talmage Red Lion
Somerset Faulkland Tuckers Grave
Witham Friary Seymour Arms
Suffolk Brent Eleigh Cock

Two stars

Durham Cornsay Colliery Fir Tree
Gloucestershire Cheltenham Bath Tavern
Hereford & Worcestershire Kington Olde Tavern
Humberside Skerne Eagle
Norfolk Burnham Thorpe Lord Nelson
Northumberland Netherton Star

Three stars

Devonshire Drewsteington Drewe Arms
Dyfed Meidrim Maenllwyd
Ponfaen Dyffryn Arms
Gloucestershire Ampney St Peter Red Lion
Hereford & Worcestershire Risbury Hop Pole
Kent Cowden Queens Arms
North Yorkshire Beck Hole Birch Hall
Powys Llanfihnangel-Yng-Ngwfyna Goat

Four stars

Devonshire Luppitt Luppitt
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.