About the award
The AA Pub of the Year is selected with the help of our AA inspectors. These pubs stand out for being great all-rounders, combining a convivial atmosphere, well-kept beers and ciders, excellent food, and of course, a warm welcome from the friendly and efficient hosts and their staff.
The Glynne Arms, Hawarden, Flintshire
This fine-looking old coaching inn's success is down to Charlie and Caroline Gladstone. Charlie's great-great grandfather was 19th-century prime minister Sir William Ewart Gladstone, who married into Hawarden Castle's Glynne dynasty. Meat, fruit and vegetables come from the couple's Estate Farm Shop down the road.
This is a charming pub with quite a deliberate unfinished feel to décor and ambience. Quite colourful in a lot of ways, quirky artwork abounds. Lots of dining space, though not detracting from its core function as a local pub – in evidence on a lunchtime visit with a busy bar of locals. Food is straightforward but very well executed – including wonderful fresh fish and chips.