CAMRA has revealed the four finalists in its prestigious National Pub of the Year competition.

The pubs have been selected by CAMRA volunteers and judged on their atmosphere, decor, welcome, service, value for money, customer mix and, naturally, quality of beer.

The four finalists will now have a chance to win the National Pub of the Year title for 2017, which will be announced in February 2018.

National Pub of the Year co-ordinator Andrea Briers said: "It is a huge honour to be considered one of the top four pubs across the country. While each of these pubs offers something unique to their visitors, they all share the foundation of what makes a great pub - a warm and welcoming atmosphere, excellent service and a fantastic range of beers."

The winning pub will be revealed in February – read our profile of last year's winner here.

This year's finalists are...

 

Weavers Real Ale House, Kidderminster

The micropub serves eight beers, four ciders and has a perry on handpump

Owner Dean Cartwright said: "We took over the running of the pub just two years ago and are over the moon to be in the final four! While we've slightly modernised it and extended the beer range, we've also retained the quirky 'front-room' feel to the pub."

 

 

 

Stanford Arms, Lowestoft

Previous finalists The Stanford Arms is back again, showing what a consistently fine offer it provides.

Owner David Burd said: "We are delighted to be selected in the final four - last year was a shock and we didn't think we'd get there again! We strive to constantly improve and are currently moving it towards a good conversation pub by removing the jukebox and pool table. We're also trying to support local breweries by sourcing an even larger range of beer styles."

 

 

 

Wigan Central, Wigan

Owned by the Prospect Brewery, the two-roomed pub is railway themed and holds regular beer matching events.

Patsy Slevin, co-owner of Prospect Brewery and Wigan Central said: "We are very humbled and frankly ecstatic to have been chosen for the top 16 pubs in the competition - nevermind making it to the final four! Wigan Central only opened three years ago so to be this far along in the competition is beyond our wildest dreams."

 

 

 

Cricketers, St Helens, Merseyside

This community pub has 13 handpumps and hosts darts and pool teams, and entertainment at the weekend. Beer festivals are staged several times a year.

Owner Andy Evans said: "When we bought the pub over four years ago it was boarded up and hadn't actually sold cask ale since the 1980s. Since taking it over we've done everything we can to make it a good community pub, with 13 cask ales on and regular jam nights, pub quizzes and charity events."