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Britain's historic pub interiors - an introduction

Unspoilt pubs — here is your definitive guide to the nation's most important historic pub interiors. Since the 1960s few pubs have escaped major changes but this website helps you seek out the best historic examples we have left. They range from simple unaltered village pubs to glorious late-Victorian extravaganzas. Each is very special in its own way.

This list has been compiled by CAMRA's Pub Heritage Group and is the product of over twenty years careful research. It identifies pubs with intact traditional interiors or which have features and rooms of national importance.

To find pubs in your area of interest use search for historic pub interiors.

If you are a potential pub operator or owner, see the benefits of running a pub with an important historic interior.

If you are a planning official, review how we work to protect pubs with important historic interiors.

If you are a CAMRA member, and you would like to volunteer to help Pub Heritage Group, read about the surveying we do.

News

Cardigan Arms, Burley, Leeds

Join the campaign for this superb pub. A community share issue is being conducted with local and enlightened pub developer Mood. The partnership intends to retain the pub's special character in the face of likely unsympathetic development by other bidders, but only have until 29 May to secure pledges of cash. Investments start at just 100 but those with 5,000 or more will get a juicy 4% return. This may be a model for saving similar urban pubs on the National Inventory. www.cardiganarms.coop

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Red Lion, Ampney St Peter, Gloucestershire.

Hopes that a community buy-out of this much-loved pub seem to have stalled. Thought is now turning to a scheme to remove the public bar and have it as a working bar/cafe in the soon-to-be-redeveloped Cirencester Museum.

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Half Moon, Herne Hill, London SE24.

Now reopened by Fullers brewery after a major refurbishment of this splended 1896 pub. The features of historic interest have been retained with the star historic feature being the delighful snug with its painted mirrors on the left-hand side.Now a great emphasis on food.

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Tuker's Grave, Faulkland, Somerset.

Up for sale but it will remain open until, hopefully, a sympathetic buyer can be found. One of the handful of pubs with no bar counter whatsoever - a must-visit if you're in the Bath area. For details see http://www.cooperandtanner.co.uk/Property/Residential/for-sale/Somerset/Faulkland/101148016589.aspx.

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YORKSHIRE - Yorkshire's Real Heritage Pubs - updates. If you'd like an update sheet for this guide, please click on this link and see under CAMRA Books News & Updates at the bottom of the CAMRA Books homepage.

Britain's Best Real Heritage Pubs

Britain's Best Real Heritage Pubs book cover

The second edition of this definitive printed guide to CAMRA's National Inventory of Historic Pubs Interiors with details of 260 pubs throughout the UK with interiors of real historic significance many stretching back a century and more. This is a totally new edition of our book published in 2013, with new photography (nearly 700 high-quality illustrations), updated information and a further 'try also' selection of 75 other historic pubs we know you'll enjoy. 320 pages, easy-to-use listings, helpful mapping and a series of articles explaining the history of the pub and its fascinating features. Order at www.camra.org.uk