Awards

Pi (Altrincham) is voted Trafford and Hulme, CAMRA Pub Of The Year 2017. Pi continues its quiet reputation for a quality, European style bar, welcoming drinkers over two floors. During the past year they've provided an excellent range of beers. Pie Minister pie and mash for the hungry, along with free peanuts for the peckish, remain popular.

A reserved approach from Pi, without DJ or TV encourages conversation to dominate the atmosphere. They’ve plenty of options to talk about; A new house brew for 2017 from Runaway brewery (a very sessionable 4.2% pale ale) joins the two guest handpumps on the bar with typically two cider or perry options available. Pi has not forgotten its roots, and retains a strong bottle selection, recently complemented with a ‘Not beer’ menu to simplify the decision process for drinkers. The food is served until 11pm and includes vegan options

CAMRA Pub of the Year is judged on wider criteria than just the beer (though that has to be exceptional) and is considered to be the best overall pub for the area, accounting for decor, atmosphere, food and general facilities. Around Altrincham, the growth in competition from Altrincham Market Halls, only emphasises Pi’s success. The recipe is working, and reflected in very high review scores across other social media. For Pi to retain the Pub of the Year in these circumstances is a great accomplishment and testament to all involved.

  Pub Of The Season Pub Of The Year Club Of The Year Cider Pub Of The Year Best Newcomer Most Improved Community Pub Of The Year LocAle Pub Of The Year
Spring Summer Autumn Winter
2017 Quarry Bank Inn, Timperley       PI (Altrincham) Flixton Conservative Club Sip Club, Stretford        
2016 The Bar, Chorlton JP Joule, Sale Prairie Schooner Tap House, Urmston Old Packet House, Broadheath PI (Altrincham) Flixton Conservative Club Font (Chorlton) Craftsman, Altrincham Cheshire Tap, Altrincham Lord Nelson, Urmston Prairie Schooner Tap House, Urmston
2015 Sedge Lynn, Chorlton Pi (Altrincham) Jack In The Box, Altrincham Sir Ralph Abercromby, Petersfield Knott, Castlefield Flixton Conservative Club Font (Chorlton) Jack In The Box, Altrincham Navigation, Altrincham No award Wharf, Castlefield
2014 The Vine, Manchester Old Market Tavern, Altrincham Sip Club, Stretford The Beech Inn, Chorlton City Arms, Manchester Flixton Conservative Club Font (Chorlton) Sip Club, Stretford Church Inn, Hulme Railway, Broadheath No award
2013 Old Packet House, Altrincham City Arms, Manchester Salisbury, Manchester The Wharf, Castlefield Costellos, Altrincham Flixton Conservative Club Font (Manchester) Font (Chorlton) Jackalope, Chorlton Volunteer Hotel, Sale City Arms, Manchester
2012 Cask, Manchester Bishop Blaize, Stretford Hillary Step, Whalley Range Parlour, Chorlton Costellos, Altrincham Altrincham Conservative Club Font (Manchester)        
2011 Oddest, Chorlton Costellos, Altrincham Waterhouse, Manchester The Beech Inn, Chorlton Marble Beer House, Chorlton Timperley Taverners Club Oddest        
2010 Pi (Chorlton) JP Joule, Sale Rising Sun, Manchester Peveril Of The Peak The Knott, Castlefield Timperley Taverners Dulcimer, Chorlton        
2009 The Knott, Castlefield Steamhouse, Urmston Electrik, Chorlton Bulls Head, Sale The Knott, Castlefield            
2008 Volunteer Hotel, Sale Swan With Two Nicks City Arms, Manchester Railway,  Broadheath Old Market Tavern            
2007 Old Market Tavern, Altrincham Railway, Broadheath Trevor Arms, Chorlton The Bar, Chorlton              
2006 Stamford Arms, Bowdon Hillary Step, Whalley Range Church Inn, Flixton Font (Manchester)              
2005   Peveril Of The Peak, Manchester No award Marble Beer House              
2004 The Knott, Castlefield Moss Trooper, Timperley Old Market Tavern, Altrincham                
2003   Orange Tree, Altrincham   Marble Beer House, Chorlton              

Trafford & Hulme branch have voted the Old Packet House, Navigation Road, Broadheath as their Pub of the Season for winter 2016/17. Built in the 1770’s the Old Packet House was the second stopping place on the journey, by boat or barge, from Manchester to Runcorn along the Bridgewater Canal, providing shelter for passengers and storage facilities for packages for dispatch or collection. Now run, since 2014, by Claire Hardman and her partner. After a recent external refurbishment the pub is now a cheery & welcoming local serving two cask ales, Little Bollington from Dunham Massey and Golden Best from Timothy Taylors.

Old Packet House

Very much a local’s pub, Claire and her staff work hard to support the local community with charity events, karaoke every Friday, live music on occasional Saturdays and Quiz Nights on Monday.

Food is served daily from noon until 8:30pm and for those wishing to stay over there are four en-suite bedrooms at reasonable rates for B&B.

Trafford and Hulmes Community Pub of The Year 2016 is the Lord Nelson, Urmston. Known locally as The Nellie, this pub is everything you expect from a community pub.

Always busy, it gets particularly crowded for sports events and on quiz night (Tuesdays) and 'Colin's famous disco' on Saturday nights.

Sky Sports is shown, often with separate matches in separate rooms.

Here we see John the branch chairman presenting the award presented to Julie and Ian the management team who have run " the Nellie " for the last 17 years.

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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.