Pub of the Season

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 ParlourThe Trafford & Hulme CAMRA Pub Of The Season for Winter 2012/13 is The Parlour, Beech Road, Chorlton.

The presentation will take place from 8-30pm on Thursday 10th January. All welcome to join in the celebration and beat the post-holiday blues.

Since opening in 2010 The Parlour has attracted plenty of attention and customers. Sister pub to the much revived Castle in Manchester, real ale is a prominent feature of the bar, and a newly discovered passion for managers Jamie and his wife Goska.

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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.

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.

The Trafford & Hulme Branch Pub Of The Season for Winter 2011/2012 is The Beech Inn on Beech Road, Chorlton.
The Beech Inn Pub Of The Season
The award was presented on 27th December when the pubs' many regulars joined local CAMRA members to congratulate landlord Chris Clish and his team on turning round this former Good Beer Guide pub. Pictured are local CAMRA member Heather Airlie presenting the award to Chris.
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The Beech is Back!

the beech pubWe are delighted to confirm the Trafford and Hulme Pub of the Season (Winter) is The Beech Inn, Chorlton Green.

A former “Good Beer Guide” regular, The Beech had fallen on hard times before the revival by Chris Clish. Since he took over 15 months ago the pub has seen a turnaround in terms of both beer quality and quantity. The pub is clean and welcoming with a real community spirit, demonstrated by the quirky Saturday afternoon craft stalls. The return of the live music has also attracted a sparkling range of participants and audience, with Mondays hosting Irish music, Wednesday the Folk Club and Cajun on the last Tuesday of the month.
The beer range has been expanding too, with the regulars from Timothy Taylor, Golden Best, Landlord and Bitter being joined by those from Copper Dragon such as Golden Pippen and Best Bitter. He has plans to introduce a further four handpumps to present new guest seasonal ales shortly. All this and real cider too!
Forthcoming events include:
6th Dec: Meet the Wharfbank Brewer, 8pm
15th Dec: Christmas Fair and Beer Festival from 4pm
27th Dec: Trafford & Hulme Pub of the Season Presentation and Christmas social from 7pm

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