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AA Pub of the Year (Wales) 2019–20

The Glynne Arms

About the award

The AA Pub of the Year is selected with the help of our AA inspectors. These pubs stand out for being great all-rounders, combining a convivial atmosphere, well-kept beers and ciders, excellent food, and of course, a warm welcome from the friendly and efficient hosts and their staff.

The Glynne Arms, Hawarden, Flintshire
The Glynne Arms

This fine-looking old coaching inn's success is down to Charlie and Caroline Gladstone. Charlie's great-great grandfather was 19th-century prime minister Sir William Ewart Gladstone, who married into Hawarden Castle's Glynne dynasty. Meat, fruit and vegetables come from the couple's Estate Farm Shop down the road.

This is a charming pub with quite a deliberate unfinished feel to décor and ambience. Quite colourful in a lot of ways, quirky artwork abounds. Lots of dining space, though not detracting from its core function as a local pub – in evidence on a lunchtime visit with a busy bar of locals. Food is straightforward but very well executed – including wonderful fresh fish and chips.

Read more about The Glynne Arms at Explore UK.