Pubs from Kent, Merseyside, Greater Manchester and Gloucestershire are set to battle it out to be crowned Britain’s best pub, in the Campaign for Real Ale’s (CAMRA) national competition.

The Freshfield in Formby, the Harewood Arms in Broadbottom, the Salutation Inn in Ham and the Windmill in Sevonoaks Weald have been selected as the final four from a list of 16 regional winners.

“Each of these four fantastic pubs are already winners in their own right and really are well worth a visit from any ale-lovers who find themselves in the area. They will now go forward to fight it out for the overall National Pub of the Year, which will be announced in February next year,” said Gary Chester, competition organiser.

The pubs will be judged on a number of criteria including décor, atmosphere, value for money, and, most of all, quality of beer. Last year’s winner was the Swan with Two Necks in Pendleton.