Kingston & Leatherhead

Campaign for Real Ale

Campaign for Real Ale

Pub of The Year

The pub of the year is judged to be the best pub over the last year in all aspects, including beer range, beer quality, ambiance, sympathy with CAMRA aims and value for money.

We are delighted to announce that the joint winners for Kingston and Leatherhead branch in 2023 are:

Jolly Coopers - Epsom

This pub was built in 1859 and is situated in the middle of a residential area just over half a mile west of the town centre. Whilst food features, it is still very much a pub with food. Two areas, with the carpeted bar area to the left and another larger area with polished parquet flooring to the right used more for dining, but not exclusively so. Modern decor with pale green painted walls. The large clock in the bar is a feature. A wood burning stove in a brick fireplace and the mottled windows give a cosy feel. Large paved and partly covered garden at rear. Changing beers are mainly from micros in Surrey and slightly further afield. The pub has its own brewery in an outbuilding under the name of ‘Fuzzchat’, which is the name given to someone who is born on Epsom Common. On the edge of Epsom Common and the nearest pub to the wells that once made Epsom a spa town.

The Watchman - New Malden

Wetherspoons pub in former police station dating from the 1890s. The cask cellar is visible through a window in the passageway behind the bar. At least one guest beer is usually from a local brewery. There is a memorial garden at the front to a local policeman who died in the line of duty. It is called the Watchman because, being a former police station, it had an air raid siren on the roof during WWII. There was a member of the Royal Observer Corps up there with binoculars and when he saw bombers from Germany on their way he operated the siren. You can still see the iron railings on the pub roof where the siren was, but the siren itself was removed in the 1980s. Opens at 8am for food and non-alcoholic drinks.

Previous Winners

2022The Wych Elm, KingstonRunning Horse, Leatherhead
2021No Competition
2020The Willoughby Arms, KingstonRunning Horse, Leatherhead
2019The Albion, KingstonRunning Horse, Leatherhead
2018The Antelope, SurbitonRunning Horse, Leatherhead
2017The Antelope, SurbitonWheatsheaf, Esher
2016The Antelope, SurbitonThe Regent, Walton on Thames
2015Woodies, New MaldenAlbert Arms, Esher
2014The Lamb, SurbitonRunning Horse, Leatherhead
2013The Willoughby Arms, KingstonRunning Horse, Leatherhead
2012The Lamb, SurbitonJolly Coopers, Epsom
2011Woodies, New MaldenJolly Coopers, Epsom
2010Woodies, New MaldenRoyal Oak, Great Bookham

For winners before 2010, please click here - Pub of The Year - Archive

NOTE: The Pubs listed here will in many cases have changed hands - the list is presented for reference only.