Stunningly preserved local pubs steeped in history are showcased in CAMRA’s latest book, Real Heritage Pubs of the South West, by Paul Ainsworth, Russ Durbridge and Michael Slaughter.
Featuring more than 100 pubs from the tip of Cornwall to Wiltshire, the book champions the need to celebrate, understand, and protect pub heritage.
All pubs listed in the guide retain interiors or internal features of real historic significance, such as rural pubs with no bar counters, old coaching inns, and venues with untouched interiors from the inter-war and post-war period.
Geoff Brandwood, author of many publications with CAMRA and Historic England, and a former chair of the Victorian Society, said: “Amid the sadness of pub closures nationally, we still have an utterly fantastic collection of pubs with genuine historic interiors.
“I’d defy anybody to go to the pubs in CAMRA’s new guide and not come away wanting more — much more: the Seymour Arms, Witham Friary, Somerset; the Square and Compass, Worth Matravers, Dorset; the Haunch of Venison, Salisbury, Wiltshire; and lots of others. These are special places – enjoy. There is nothing not to like!”