Inside Britain's BEST pub hidden in a 16th century shop – here's what makes it so popular | The Sun

THE best pub in Britain has been revealed – here's why customers keep going back.

The Tamworth Tap, West Midlands – set inside a quaint 16th century shop front – offers visitors the chance to enjoy a pint while soaking up its rich history.

Located bang in the middle of Tamworth's Norman castle grounds, the pub is the current champion of CAMRA's Pub of the Year competition.

Its décor features original Tudor architecture making it the perfect cosy spot to warm up in this winter – while a beautiful courtyard beer garden would be ideal in summer months.

Tamworth Tap boasts an impressive rags to riches tale, as just five years ago it was sitting empty, waiting to be discovered.

To attract more visitors, the pub regularly holds themed events including beer tasting, and 'paint and sip' sessions.

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Customers can sit back and relax with their drinks while enjoying live music performed in the courtyard, adding to the welcoming atmosphere.

George and Louise Greenaway, from the Tamworth Tap, told Birmingham Mail: "We can’t express how much this accolade means to us. CAMRA values have been at the core of everything we have done since we opened our doors, so we’re absolutely thrilled to have won this year’s competition!

"Pubs are its people, and we are surrounded by the best. We’d like to give a special mention to our amazing customers, affectionately known as ‘Tappers’, and to the truly terrific ‘Team Tap’ who make it all possible!"

The CAMRA judges described the venue as " an absolutely delightful experience" with motivated and friendly staff.

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John Rowling, pubs officer with Lichfield Sutton & Tamworth CAMRA Branch, said: "I’m absolutely elated at this fantastic news that the Tamworth Tap has won the coveted top award. For real ale drinkers, the Tamworth Tap is the jewel in Tamworth’s crown.

"Since it opened five years ago, ‘The Tap’ has gone from strength to strength. There's always new offerings, changes and innovations every time you visit.

"It has beer brewed on the premises, fantastic, knowledgeable staff and comfortable old-world décor. Add to this an award-winning rustic outdoor drinking area overlooked by Tamworth Castle and you have a pub catering to all tastes."

Top 16 Regional Winners

  1. Bell – St Lawrence, Central Southern
  2. Kings Head – Norwich, East Anglia
  3. Horse & Jokey – Stapleford, East Midlands
  4. Hop Inn – Hornchurch, Greater London
  5. Real Crafty – Wigan, Greater Manchester
  6. Larkins Alehouse – Cranbook, Kent
  7. Magazine Hotel – New Brighton, Merseyside Cheshire
  8. Station House – Durham, North East
  9. Commercial Inn – Dunfermline, Scotland & Northern Ireland
  10. Pelican Inn – Gloucester, South West
  11. Hornet Alehouse – Chichester, Surrey & Sussex
  12. Mold Ale House – Mold, Wales
  13. Olaf's Tun Craft Ale Bar – Woolston Southampton, Wessex
  14. Tamworth Tap – Tamworth, West Midlands
  15. Fifteens at St Anne's – Lytham St Annes, West Pennines
  16. Heaven & Ale – Barnsley,Yorkshire

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