Hospitality Awards 2019

AA Pub of the Year England

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.

Previous Winners

2019 – The Glynne Arms
2017 – Bryn Tyrch Inn
2016 – Penhelig Arms
2015 – The Kinmel Arms
2014 – Bunch of Grapes
2013 – The Groes Inn
2012 – The Inn at Penallt
2011 – The White Hart Village Inn
2010 – The Swan Inn
2009 – The Queen’s Head
2008 – The Bush Inn, Vale of Glamorgan