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The Dolaucothi Arms in Carmarthenshire wins Rural Pub of the Year

BBC Countryfile Magazine has announced the winners of the hotly contested BBC Countryfile Magazine Awards 2019.  

More than 30,000 votes were cast by the public, to recognise the very best of the British countryside, including mighty landmarks, outstanding national parks, best beaches, beautiful nature reserves and finest rural pubs from around the UK. This year Wales emerged triumphant, winning the popular Pub of the Year award.

The Dolaucothi Arms of Pumsaint in Camarthenshire, a coaching inn at the heart of the small community serving Welsh ales and great pub food won the hotly contested Pub of the Year award, recognised for its large beer garden with views over the valley and great walking routes nearby.

Fergus Collins, BBC Countryfile Magazine editor, says: “Congratulations to each of the winners – and all the people and places who were shortlisted. The aim of our awards is to celebrate the best of the British countryside and shine a light on lesser known places, projects and people who are doing great work. And personally I’m delighted to have a new list of places to explore in the year ahead.”.

Final Winners 2019

Village of the Year

1st Place: Bembridge, Isle of Wight

2nd Place: Ingleton, North Yorkshire


National Park of the Year

1st Place: North York Moors

2nd Place: Seaton Wetlands LNR, Devon


Landmark of the Year

1st place: Hadrian’s Wall, Northumberland

2nd place: Huer’s Hut, Cornwall


Beach of the Year

1st place: Sandown Bay, Isle of Wight

2nd place: Machrihanish Bay, Argyll and Kintyre

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Rural Pub of the Year

1st place: The Dolaucothi Arms, Pumsaint, Carmarthenshire

Joint 2nd place: Crown Inn, Crowntown, Cornwall and The Chequers, Retford, Nottinghamshire


Garden of the Year

1st place: The Gertrude Jekyll Garden, Lindisfarne

2nd place: Coleton Fishacre, Devon


Holiday Destination of the Year

1st place: North Yorkshire

2nd place: Orkney


Nature Reserve of the Year

1st place: Falls of Clyde Scottish Wildlife Trust

2nd place: Seaton Wetlands LNR, Devon, East Devon District Council


Wildlife Success Story of the Year

1st place: Beavers in the Forest of Dean

2nd place: Water vole reintroduction on Exmoor


Reader Photo of the Year

1st place: Hello, hare by Ben Hartley

2nd place: Standing tall by Iain Fazackerley


Winners will be profiled in the May issue of BBC Countryfile Magazine