Best pubs in the North West revealed

The National Pub & Bar Awards has announced the best pubs and bars from each county across the United Kingdom.

In total, 94 venues from England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland have been selected as the best in their county, and will now make their way to the National Pub & Bar Awards grand final at BAFTA in London on Tuesday May 23.

At the final, the 94 County Winners will be in the running to be named the best in their region. The overall National Pub & Bar of Year will also be announced.

Five pubs and bars in the North West will battle it out to become the very best in the region.

Cheshire – Cholmondeley Arms
Sat just a stone’s throw away from Cholmondeley Castle, the pub sits inside a former Victorian village schoolhouse on Lord Cholmondeley’s estate. The pub dates back to 1862 and was converted into the first public house on the estate for over a century in 1988 and was restored in 2011. The pub, which also offers six bedrooms at their B&B, prides itself on offering a quintessentially English menu and over 300 different gins and local ales.

Cumbria – The Punch Bowl Inn & Restaurant
The Punch Bowl Inn & Restaurant, which sits in the heart of the Lyth Valley at Crosthwaite, offers a contemporary style restaurant and a traditional bar, as well as accommodation. The pub aims to offer a good mix of both old and new and formal yet comfortable. The menu includes roasted guinea, braised beef and treats like chocolate and salted caramel mousse. The pub also offers a wide selection of wines and beers.

Greater Manchester – Albert’s Schloss
Sitting on the ground floor of Manchester’s iconic Albert Hall, Albert’s Schloss is a contemporary style bar which offers a lot of tongue and cheek humour. The pub offers 10 heritage beers, homemade Schnapps and even a ‘push for Prosecco’ button on every table. Alongside this is a menu that boasts artisan sausages, burgers, pizza and Bavarian pork knuckle, as well as classic puddings including apple strudel and a selection of alpine cheeses.

Lancashire – Derby Arms, Longridge
This village inn, which is based between Longridge and Chipping, offers six bedrooms alongside its traditional, yet contemporary, dining rooms, which feature fireplaces and a huge amount of character. The central bar offers an extensive wine list and the menu features traditional dishes like fish and chips and pie of the week, alongside a charcoal grill, Malaysian curry’s and crab.

Merseyside – The Ship & Mitre
Before The Ship & Mitre was built in around 1935, the pub was home to a coach-house, which can still be seen as you enter the building. The downstairs has been inspired by Liverpool’s rich maritime history and reflects the inside of a ship. The pub offers a wide selection of real ales and ciders as well as world craft beers and the menu includes Scouse and pies. The pub also host their own beer festivals and have their own boutique Beer Shop, which is based in Liverpool City Centre.