National Pub & Bar Awards 2022 Winners

The National Pub & Bar Awards were held at Euston Square in London on the 22nd June. 94 county finalists from throughout England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland were invited along to find out who would be named the best in their respective regions, as well as the overall top prize; the National Pub & Bar of the Year 2022.

There were plenty of victories and accolades for Stay in Pub members so read on to find who the big winners were…

National Pub & Bar of the Year Winner

The Frogmill, Cheltenham

Where better place to start than the top prize? We wholeheartedly congratulate The Frogmill, in Shipton Oliffe near Cheltenham, named the 2022 National Pub & Bar of the year! A thoroughly deserved victory having been a mainstay recommended pub on for many years.

Nestled in the sweeping Gloucestershire countryside, The Frogmill sits between charming Cotswold villages and provides a picture-perfect escape. This 16th century inn has been transformed into a showstopper offering delicious food and 28 boutique bedrooms, many of which are dog friendly.

The pub, which operates under Brakspear’s Honeycomb Houses, was praised on the awards night for its flawless operation, attention to detail and genuine hospitality.

Speaking about the award, Simon Stanbrook, general manager at The Frogmill, said: “I’m completely overwhelmed. This award is for the team — from our housekeeping to kitchen and events to front of house teams, they work exceptionally hard day in, day out. We work together like a family. We have an eye for detail and want to give our visitors a warm welcome. It’s part of the mantra of Honeycomb Houses — treat your team like family, your guests like friends and the houses like homes. We welcome people as you would in your own home.


The Frogmill won the Gloucestershire county award and scooped up the Best in the South West regional award on the night, before making it a hattrick with the top prize as National champions! Well done to the team at The Frogmill for their incredible achievement.

See inside the pub: The Frogmill

Wales Pub & Bar of the Year Winner

The West Arms, Llangollen

Another one of our recommended pubs, The West Arms in Llangollen, took home the regional award for Wales – yet another excellent achievement!

The historic West Arms is a 16th century pub, situated in the foothills of the Berwyn Mountain. This multi award winning, dog friendly pub has 16 characterful bedrooms which come with unforgettable views. Snowdonia National Park is close by, as are Chirk and Powis Castles, the picturesque town of Llangollen and Pistyll Rhaeadr waterfall.

They were up against some tough competition in the Wales regional category, so their win is a testament to just how special this fantastic pub is!

See inside the pub: The West Arms

North West Pub & Bar of the Year Winner

The Black Bull, Sedbergh

Black Bull Inn, Cumbria, King Suite HERO IMAGE

This North West stunner was chosen as the best in its region and it’s easy to see why!

The Black Bull is a family-run 17th century coaching inn situated in picturesque Sedbergh and blessed with far-reaching views of the Yorkshire Dales. It is also close to the eastern edge of the Lake District National Park. Well-known for its excellent food, The Black Bull also boasts 18 gorgeous bedrooms tastefully furnished with a selection of specially commissioned photographs of the local area by multi award winning photographer Rob Whitrow.

You can take a better look at this pub and book it right now on Stay in a Pub!

See inside the pub: The Black Bull

West Midlands Pub & Bar of the Year Winner // Pub Chef of the Year Winner

The Riverside at Aymestrey // Andy Link

The Riverside at Aymestrey was extremely successful on two fronts; the pub itself and the food it serves. Initially awarded Herefordshire Pub of the Year, The Riverside’s trip to Euston Square meant they left with more awards than they could carry – West Midlands Pub & Bar of the Year and for Head Chef, Andy Link, Pub Chef of the Year in recognition of his incredible passion for food.

The Riverside is a fabulous gastro pub set in the pretty village of Aymestrey. Authentic and atmospheric, this 16th century black and white building is surrounded by the natural beauty of the Herefordshire countryside. The terrace garden with riverside views is the perfect spot for some al fresco dining on their delicious, award-winning food.

You can take a better look at The Riverside and book it right now on Stay in a Pub!

See inside the pub: The Riverside

Other winners:

There were also a number of other winners at the National Pub & Bar Awards that can be found on Stay in a Pub – congratulations to them all!

Warwickshire Pub of the Year: The George Townhouse, Shipston-on-Stour

Cambridgeshire Pub of the Year: The Three Hills, Bartlow

Dorset Pub of the Year: The Pavilion Arms, Bournemouth

Norfolk Pub of the Year: The Dabbling Duck, Great Massingham

Aberdeenshire Pub of the Year: The Boat Inn, Aboyne

Buckinghamshire Pub of the Year: The Nag’s Head, Great Missenden

Northumberland Pub of the Year: The Craster Arms, Beadnell

Durham Pub of the Year: The Kingslodge Inn, Durham

We are proud to work with all these fabulous pubs and it’s wonderful to see them get the national recognition that they deserve! We have hundreds of more fantastic pubs with rooms ready for you to discover on Stay in a Pub. To find out more about the National Pub & Bar Awards, take a look here.

Written by Connor Davies, Head of Content at Stay in a Pub