Britain’s smallest pubs – from tiny Grade II listed boozer to train station spot

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When it comes to pubs, size doesn’t matter.

Britain’s smallest boozers are proof that you don’t need to be in a massive beer garden in order to have a good time.

To celebrate the Daily Star’s Great British Booze Off competition, we’ve rounded up some of the best miniature venues out there.

From a Grade II listed watering hole to a converted station lodge building – there really is something for everyone.

1. The Nutshell, Bury St Edmunds

The Guinness Book of World Records has named this posh pub as the “smallest pub in Britain”.

It’s in the historic cathedral town of Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, and is Grade II listed.

As the boozer measures just 15ft by 7ft, there isn’t much room to get some drinks in.

But if you’re lucky enough to get a spot in the tourist hotspot, you can expect to be served some of the region’s finest ales.

Even though they’re pushed for space, owners have made sure there’s plenty of room for historical items, photos and memorabilia too.

It would definitely be a unique experience!

2. The Little Prince, Margate

Only six punters at a time can enjoy a beverage at the Little Prince in Margate.

The converted sushi bar on England’s southeast coast was thought-up by Andy Barrett.

It takes its name from French writer Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s famous children’s book and measures just 6ft wide and 11ft long.

According to the owners, the pub has a friendly atmosphere and is often filled with locals and tourists alike.

Despite it’s small size, it also has a wide selection of beers, spirits and other tipples.

3. The Lakeside Inn, Southport

The Lakeside Inn, in Southport, has been around for more than three decades.

It was crowned Britain’s Smallest Pub in 1989 – and while it lost this title, it remains one of the country’s smallest boozers today.

The distinctive building is tiled a bright red colour and has flowers hanging from its doorway.

As its right on the Merseyside coastline, it has plenty of nautical memorabilia too.

Aside from the quirky decor, the pub draws tourists and locals due to its food and drink.

It serves a range of cask ales, from local and national brewers, as well as pub grub like pork pies.

4. Platform 3, Claygate

This micro pub in Claygate, Surrey, is right beside the train station.

The building was originally a coal ordering office, which is why it’s so tiny.

Only a couple of customers can order drink inside at a time – but there’s plenty of room outdoors.

The boozer boasts its own range of 7 Brightwater Brewery Real Ales, which are served on rotation direct from the cask to drink in or to take home.

The boozer often selects special guest ales for customers too.

There’s also plenty of cider, wine and bar snacks like crisps and pork scratchings available for punters.

5. Queensbury Arms, Brighton

This seaside spot has been a small boozer for decades.

It used to be named The Hole in the Wall as it served fisherman beer through a hatch.

This allowed the hard workers to cool off after a long day at sea – without stinking out the building!

Nowadays, the boozer has a more posh feel.

It’s named after the Marquess of Queensbury and has plush red velvet interiors.

6. Signal Box Inn

The Signal Box Inn is described by owners as the “smallest pub on the planet”.

While it measures just 8ft by 8ft, the landlords say it still “packs a punch”.

There are cask ales, 20 different ciders, spirits and wine available.

Many of these are from small artisans, family businesses and local breweries.

Despite the venue’s miniature size, there’s also a pool table and darts games facilities too.

To mark pubs reopening, the Daily Star launched the Great British Booze Off competition.

The UK's pubs have been saluted in a series of articles – and we gave readers a chance to nominate their favourite venues too.

Individual category winners will receive a trophy, special Daily Star front page and £100.

The Britain's Best Pub winner will get a trophy, Daily Star front page and £500 cash prize.

Voting has now closed and a shortlist of potential winners is being released TOMORROW, when you'll be able to get your votes in.

Winners are to be announced in the week beginning July 12.

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