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 2019 are:

The Running Horse
38 Bridge Street
KT22 8BZ
The Albion
45 Fairfield Rd,
Kingston upon Thames


The Albion. Taken over in September 2016 by Big Smoke Brewer and following their usual successful formula. Cosy wood panelled interior with varnished wood floors. 10 Ales available – including usually three from Big Smoke, others will include local and national micros. 19 keg beers also offered. Home Cooked Food available. Operates a loyalty card scheme in conjunction with other Big Smoke pubs. L-shaped interior with a small seating area to the front and a larger area to the side which leads to the patio garden. The gin distillery room at the back of the garden can be hired for meetings or private dining. Pub overlooks Fairfield Green and is next door to the sports centre. Quiz night Sunday. Occasional beer festivals.


The Running Horse. This unique Tudor framed Grade II* listed building, which can trace its roots back to 1403, sits overlooking the River Mole. John Skelton (Poet Laureate to Henry VIII) wrote about Elinour Rumming brewing `Nappy Ale` here. Apparently Elizabeth I spent the night here. Cosy lounge bar has a real fire, low ceilings and exposed beams. Public bar has TV, pool and dartboard. Rear dining area has a patio. Home made meals use many local products. Garden with tuck shop and play area for children. A courtyard garden is also available. Traditional pub games include bar skittles and shove ha’penny. The changing beers are supplied by Shepherd Neame but can be from other brewers. Quiz night Tuesday. Live bands play monthly, with a charity event on May Day

A delighted landlord Colin receiving their Pub of the Year award for The Running Horse Leatherhead from branch Chairman Richard Russell

Previous Winners 

2018The Albion, KingstonRunning Horse, Leatherhead
2017The Antelope, SurbitonWheatsheaf, Esher
2016The Antelope, SurbitonThe Regent, Walton on Thames
2015Woodies, New MaldenAlbert Arms, Esher
2014The Lamb, SurbitonRunning Horse, Leatherhead
2013Willoughby Arms, KingstonRunning Horse, Leatherhead
2012The Lamb, SurbitonJolly Coopers, Epsom
2011Woodies, New MaldenJolly Coopers, Epsom
2010Woodies, New MaldenRoyal Oak, Gt Bookham
2009Willoughby Arms, KingstonRoyal Oak, Gt Bookham
2008Woodies, New MaldenAlbert Arms, Esher
2007Woodies, New MaldenRoyal George, Hersham
2006Woodies, New MaldenFoley Arms, Claygate
2005Wych Elm, KingstonGeorge & Dragon, Thames Ditton
2004Willoughby Arms, KingstonOld Plough, Stoke D’Abernon

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