Awards

The Trafford & Hulme Branch Pub Of The Season for Autumn 2012 is The Hillary Step on Upper Chorlton Road, Whalley Range. The award will be presented on Monday 1st October from 8pm. The pub are promising to lay on an extra special range of beers - all are welcome.

Hillary StepThe pub achieved brief notoriety when it first opened in 2004 by being Manchester's first non-smoking pub. Although the change in the law three years later removed its unique selling point, the pub has continued to go from strength to strength, so much so that earlier this year, it almost doubled in size with a large extension being added to the rear and the bar being extended.

Prior to the Hillary Step, drinkers in Whalley Range had to journey to The Whalley right at the northern end of Upper Chorlton Road or south to neighbouring Chorlton. Set in a short row of shops a few hundred yards from the junction with Seymour Grove, the Hilary was neighbour to well regarded Italian restaurant Palmiro which had been established in 2000. The two venues gave new life to the area and were soon joined by Jam Street Café. Palmiro was sold in early 2010 and is now the home to Nip & Tipple, the three bars now making this short strip a viable alternative to Cholrton's more intensive scene.

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The Bishop Blaize on Chester Road in Stretford was presented with the Trafford & Hulme Pub Of The Season award for Summer 2012 on Thursday 19th July.

Bishop Blaize team

Robinsons brewery had brewed a special Bishop Blaize ale for the occassion and were also present offering samples of their ales.

The presentation was made by branch Cider Officer Steven Swain who is a regular at the JD Wetherspoon pub. Pictured is Steven with pub manager Ben Plunkett.

Ben Plunkett & Steven Swain

Bishop Blaize

Trafford & Hulme CAMRA's Pub Of The Season for Summer 2012 is the Bishop Blaize on Chester Road, Streford.

The award is in recognition of the efforts of manager Ben Plunkett and his team who have built up a loyal following of regulars throughout the week while making the pub a welcoming destination for cricket fans attending Lancashire matches.

The pub is inevitably packed with football fans on Old Trafford match days but now offers much more to the local community.

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On Wednesday 18th April, Trafford and Hulme branch members gathered at Cask on Liverpool Road, Manchester to present manager Dan Chuaa with certificates confirming them as Pub Of The Season for Spring 2012.

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Many of the bar's staff came in to join in the celebrations. Pictured are Dan and his team with their awards.

Costello's (Interior)Trafford & Hulme CAMRA's Pub of The Year for 2012 is Costello's Bar in Altrincham.

Although Costello's only opened in December 2010, with friendly staff and good service from the outset, it has quickly become a firm favourite with Altrincham locals and CAMRA members near and far alike. It was voted branch Pub Of The Season for Summer 2011 and was also voted Champion Mild Pub of Manchester by participants in the 2011 Mild Magic Trail.

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The Club of the Year 2012 for Trafford & Hulme branch is the Altrincham Conservative Club on Market Street. This club was established in 1878 and has been in the same premises ever since. It has a large billiard room and an impressive kitchen for providing catering for its many events run throughout the year for its members and guests.

The building is very impressive and the bar area is large, well appointed with high ceilings giving quite a sense of oppulence. There used to be a ladies only billiard room but the club has now moved on and allows mixed playing of the game.
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cask 300x229Trafford & Hulme CAMRA's Pub Of The Season for Spring 2012 is Cask, Liverpool Road, Manchester.

The presentation will be made on Wednesday 18th April. Join us from 8pm with presentation typically at 8.30pm. As well as the presentation, there will be a social opportunity for new members who joined at the National Winter Ales and MOSI festivals (or any other members who have never attended a branch event) to meet the branch team.

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Trafford & Hulme Branch awards four seasonal awards to pubs, bars & clubs in the branch area

The Pub Of The Season award is presented to a pub or bar within the branch area which has excelled in one or more areas:
a) introducing real ale to a new area or market where none has been available
b) on-going excellence in the quality of real ales (and ciders) on offer
c) on-going excellence of service to customers and/or the local community
d) significant increases in the sales of real ales and/or traditional ciders
e) excellence in support promotion of CAMRA and its aims
f) significant charitable work

Nominees for the award are put forward by local CAMRA members & voted on by branch members once a quarter.

A pub (while under the same management) cannot be Pub Of The Season more than once in a 3 year period. A pub must have been under the same management for over one year before it becomes eligible to be nominated as Pub Of The Season

The Pub Of The Year award is presented annually to a pub or bar which in the opinion of the membership “ticks all the boxes”. It should ideally offer a range of quality real ales, including speciality styles like dark beers; offer good real cider and perry; and offer at least one LocAle. A branch pub of the year should be a community pub that provides events and services for the local community. The pub should have a strong identity and personality that will often reflect the tastes of the licensee. The pub should exude a sense of welcome and the experience of your visit should leave you wanting to return.

The pub or bar should be the one the branch feels is the very best overall in our area as the Pub Of The Year shall be put forward by the branch for entry into the Greater Manchester Regional round of the CAMRA National Pub Of The Year award where it will be judged on quality of cask ale (and cider); atmosphere; décor; customer service; welcome; value for money; customer mix.

While the branch celebrates four Pub Of The Season winners throughout the year, these often go to long standing pubs and bars which are awarded for longevity of excellence. Starting from 2013, the branch decided it wanted to also recognise pubs that excel in specific areas.

The branch presents four annual awards in addition to existing Pub of The Season and Pub Of The Year awards:

Best Newcomer

Most Improved Pub Or Club

Best Community Pub

Best LocAle Pub or Club

For full details of the awards, click here

 

The Club Of The Year award is presented annually to the club, which shows the greatest commitment to Quality Real Ale. Factors to be considered are quality of cask ale (and cider); sympathy with CAMRA's aims (e.g. CAMRA literature displayed; hosting CAMRA events such as branch or committee meetings); welcome given to non-member cask ale drinkers; value for money on cask ales and ciders; promotion of real ale (e.g. real ale beer festivals, brewery nights, other real ale promotions).

Additionally CAMRA members must be welcomed to drink in the club on production of a current CAMRA membership card (guest admission fees and maximum visits before joining the club may apply).

The Cider & Perry Pub Of The Year award recognises a pub, bar or club that has best excelled in the promotion of real traditional draught ciders and perries appropriately served. Quality of the cider and perry offered is the most important criteria alongside overall promotion of real cider and perry and cider producers by the pub (e.g. posters and literature in the pub; tasting events; cider and perry pub festivals). A branch cider/perry pub of the year should offer a good range of quality real cider and perry, and ideally the choice over time should include a range of styles from different cider producers.

The Trafford & Hulme Cask Champion award was created in 2010 to recognise the achievements of a person, group, pub or company that have made an outstanding contribution to furthering CAMRA\'s aims in the branch area.

 There award is only presented infrequently when the branch considers that there is a candidate worthy of this honour.