Andy and Denise Evans took over the pub in 2013 and turned it from a venue that hadn’t served cask ale since the Eighties into a well-established community pub with loyal regulars.
“We are over the moon to be named the top pub in the country after just a few short years of renovations,” said Andy Evans.
“We’ve done everything we can to make this a welcoming community pub and still have exciting developments ahead of us.
“As well as expanding the beers available, we created a beer garden and put greens in the ground, and have big plans to install a microbrewery this year.”
Paul Ainsworth, CAMRA’s National Pub of the Year coordinator, added: “After winning the regional award in both 2015 and 2016, it’s a well deserved third time lucky for the Cricketers to be named CAMRA’s national Pub of the Year.
“In less than five years, Andy and Denise have converted a boarded up pub on the brink of closure into a true destination pub for beer lovers across the country.
“What impressed me the most is that the Cricketers is a genuine community pub where people from all walks of life come together to socialise.
“It is a shining example of how a pub, which seems destined for closure, can have its fortunes turned around when in the right hands.”
Runners-up in the competition include the Wigan Central in Wigan, the Stanford Arms in Lowestoft and the Weavers Real Ale House in Kidderminster.