CAMRA names top pubs in the east

Dreadnought
Dreadnought

CAMRA, the Campaign for Real Ale, has named its best pubs in Edinburgh and the south east of Scotland for 2019.

The consumer group, which champions real ale, has named nine pubs across three regions, with an overall Edinburgh and south east winner to be named in March.

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In Edinburgh, the group has named the Dreadnought and Stockbridge Tap as joint winners, with Cloisters in third place.

Staggs
Staggs

In Lothian, the Staggs in Musselburgh took first place, followed by Dean Tavern in Newtongrange in second and the Grey Horse in Balerno in third.

And in the Borders the Bridge Inn in Peebles took the top spot, followed by Kelso pub Rutherfords and The Plough Inn, in Leitholm.

The Plough Inn
The Plough Inn

Pat Hanson, chairman of CAMRA Edinburgh and SE Scotland, said: “On behalf of CAMRA’s Edinburgh and SE Scotland branch and all of its 1200 members I’d like to congratulate the winners and runners up in our annual Pub of the Year competition, particularly in respect of their commitment to excellent real ale quality.

“We unusually have four winners this year due to the tied vote in Edinburgh and we look forward to visiting these four pubs soon to present the well-deserved awards. Separately a panel of judges will be assessing the same pubs to arrive at an overall Branch Pub of the Year.”