It's Cask Ale Week (Thursday 19th-Sunday 29th September) and we need your help to decide the best real ale pub in Staffordshire.

We've narrowed it down to 32, and will be hosting our first Twitter World Cup on the Taste of Staffordshire Twitter from Monday 16th September.

Head over there from Monday and vote for your favourite!

WINNERS

Congratulations to everyone from the Tamworth Tap, who held off a strong challenge from Bitter Suite to take the crown, 51%-49%!

Thank you to everyone who took part and made our first World Cup of Pubs such a great success.

THE FINAL

Bitter Suite, Lichfield will go head-to-head with Tamworth Tap in Wednesday's final!

Who will win our first World Cup of Pubs title?

The Semi-Finals

32 have been whittled down to 4 - our semi-finalists!

The Lymestone Vaults, Newcastle-under-Lyme v Tamworth Tap - TAMWORTH TAP WINS

Bitter Suite, Lichfield v The Newhall Arms, Cannock - BITTER SUITE WINS

Vote for your favourite on Twitter on Tuesday 24th September.

The Quarter-Finals

After a hard-fought group stage, with some very tight votes, we have our eight quarter-finalists.

The Lymestone Vaults, Newcastle-under-Lyme v The Greyhound, Stoke-on-Trent - LYMESTONE VAULTS WINS

The Sun Inn, Stafford v Tamworth Tap - TAMWORTH TAP WINS

Bitter Suite, Lichfield v The Bulls Head, Stoke-on-Trent - BITTER SUITE WINS

The Newhall Arms, Cannock v George and The Dragon, Gnosall - THE NEWHALL ARMS WINS

The quarter-finals will start on Friday 20th September and finish on Monday 23rd.

Here are the groups

Group A

The Lymestone Vaults, Newcastle-under-Lyme - WINNER

The Horse and Jockey, Lichfield

The Roebuck, Burton upon Trent

The Fountain, Leek

Group B

The Sun Inn, Stafford - WINNER

The Devonshire Arms, Burton upon Trent

The Royal Oak, Newcastle-under-Lyme

The Bakers Arms, Cheadle

Group C

The Stafford Arms, Staffordshire Moorlands

The Coopers Tavern, Burton upon Trent

Bitter Suite, Lichfield - WINNER

The Gresley Arms, Alsagers Bank

Group D

The White Star, Stoke-on-Trent

The Fuggle & Nugget, Burton upon Trent

The Newhall Arms, Cannock - WINNER

The Sir Robert Peel, Tamworth

Group E

The Dog, Burton upon Trent

The Roebuck, Leek

The Kings Ditch, Tamworth

The George and The Dragon, Gnosall - WINNER

Group F

The George IV, Lichfield

The Borehole, Stone

The Bulls Head, Stoke-on-Trent - WINNER

The Cross Inn, Kinver

Group G

The Tamworth Tap - WINNER

The Royal Exchange, Stone

The Rusty Barrel, Rugeley

Bridge Street Ale House, Newcastle-under-Lyme

Group H

Codsall Station

The Greyhound, Stoke-on-Trent - WINNER

The Cross Keys, Hednesford

The Swan Inn, Stone 

How it works

Our World Cup of Pubs will use a series of Twitter polls, starting with one for each group.

The winner of each group, decided by who gets the most votes in each poll, will go through to the quarter-finals, where it will be a straight knock-out, followed by the semi-finals and final.

We're starting on Monday 16th with two polls, one in the morning and one in the afternoon, and there will be two polls a day, with the quarter-finals on Friday.

The semi-finals will be on Monday 23rd, with the final on Tuesday 24th.

Please note...

Please note, this is for fun and has no connection with the Pub of the Year category at the Enjoy Staffordshire Tourism & Good Food Awards.

The deadline for entries for this year's Tourism & Good Food Awards has now passed, and the judging process is underway, with the winner announced in a gala ceremony in October.

Thanks to these folks for their help

This list has been put together with the help of Taste of Staffordshire Twitter followers @6TownsMart @karlvegasash @jvictor7 @simonmarson @bob_beer, plus the websites of Real Ale Guide, CAMRA branches, and a good old Google search.

Related

The Lymestone Vaults
Public House
Bar area in Lymestone Vaults

Finalist: 2018 Taste of Staffordshire Public House of the Year. Located in the centre of Newcastle-under-Lyme, the Lymestone Vaults is the brewery tap for Lymestone Brewery. The pub, which opened in 2012, has been extensively refurbished and welcomes discerning drinkers and diners.

The Sun Inn
Public House
The pub bar area

Are you looking for exceptional food, friendly staff and a vibrant atmosphere in the heart of Stafford? If so, then The Sun Inn should be your first port of call. Our premium range of refreshments includes 10 real Cask Ales.

The Roebuck
Public House
The Roebuck public house

Winner: 2018 Taste of Staffordshire Public House of the Year. A Titanic Brewery pub, the Roebuck features 10 cask ales and excellently prepared home-made food, seven days a week, in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. How a pub should be!

The Borehole
Public House
The traditional bar at the Borehole

A Brewery tap for Lymestone Brewery within walking distance of the brewery. Real ales, ciders and sophisticated wines and spirits on offer.

The White Star
Public House
Traditional public house

Finalist: 2018 Taste of Staffordshire Public House of the Year. Opened in May 2008, The White Star always has a warm welcome and in the winter a warm fire too. With a great range of five Titanic beers and four guest ales to try, you will always find a relaxed and friendly atmosphere here.

The Royal Exchange
Public House
The bar area

With a great range of five or six Titanic beers complemented by an ever changing range of guest ales and a great locally sourced range of bar snacks.

The Greyhound
Public House
A Titantic brewery pub

The sound of conversation fills the pub, just like the good old days, leaving you free to chat over one of the 21 pumps serving ales, lagers, ciders and craft beers and a selection of hot and cold snacks with local oatcakes being a speciality and our monthly gourmet sausage and mash evening is very popular.

The Bulls Head
Public House
The Bulls Head

The Bulls Head is Titanic's brewery tap and flagship pub. The range of 9 excellent real ales is complemented by a selection of up to 10 real ciders, a wide choice of single malt whiskies, fruit wines, and draught and bottled Belgian beers.

The Stafford Arms
Restaurant - Casual Dining
The Stafford Arms

The Stafford Arms is an independently-owned pub with its history dating back to the 16th Century, and has been in the hands of its current owners for the past 20 years.