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 Waterhouse (photo Andy Jenkinson) The Trafford & Hulme CAMRA Pub Of The Season for Autumn 2011 is The Waterhouse on Princess Street in Manchester City Centre.

The pub, owned by the JD Wetherspoon company, has built up an enviable reputation for both the quality and range of it's cask ales under manager Sarah Barker. Alongside the regular Wetherspoons offerings of Ruddles Bitter & Abbot Ale, the pub is one of a few to serve Phoenix Wobbly Bob permanently, alongside a further 6 guest ales which often rotate daily.  The pub has it's own regular ales in Waterhouse IPA brewed by West Yorkshire's Elland Brewery with a second Waterhouse Pale brewed in Stavely, Cumbria by Hawkshead brewery.

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Costello's BarTrafford & Hulme Branch have voted Costello’s Bar, Goose Green, Altrincham as their Pub Of The Season for Summer 2011.The presentation will be made on the evening of Thursday 21 July 2011 from 8pm.

This is a great accolade for a pub that has only been open since early December but even in that short time it has become firmly established on the Altrincham real ale circuit and already embraces the local community with cycling clubs and vintage motor cyclists meeting there. Recently they have had the local Bollin Morris dancers and visiting Rostherne Morris doing a wonderful display in Goose Green inviting all onlookers to join in. Watch out for them dropping in again in November.

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Oddest Pub Of The Season PresentationOn Thursday 21st April, Trafford & Hulme branch descended on Chorlton's Oddest to present the Pub Of The Season Award for Spring 2011. It truly was Spring as sunshine spread across Chorlton on the eve of Good Friday, bringing out the locals to fill the bar and it's outside seating area to capacity.

Local MP John Leech was in attendance, along with local councillor Paul Ankers. Oddest is actually John Leech's local pub when at his Chorlton home, and he revealed that he's actually celebrated his 39th birthday at Oddest with friends.

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Oddest BarThe Trafford & Hulme CAMRA Pub Of The Season for Spring 2011 is Oddest on Wilbraham Road, Chorlton.

Oddest is one component of a family of three bars, Oddest which opened in summer 2009, being the first outside Manchester city centre. As part of a group of independently-run bars (Odd & Odder being the others in owner Cleo Farman's portfolio), each with its own identity within an ethos of quality products, good service and recognised drinks, Oddest still stands out.

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The winner of our Autumn Pub of the Season award is the Rising Sun on Queen Street in Manchester City Centre.

The presentation took place on Thursday 21st October.  Barrie Sneyd was ready and waiting for the presentation to take place together with David Grant from Moorhouses brewery but where was all of his family.  His wife was held up coming home from work, in Dubai and his parents had been despatched to the airport to collect Natalie.  They arrived thinking that they had missed the presentation of the first award that Barrie and his team have been presented but for such an important event we waited so that everyone could enjoy the achievement together.

Barrie and his team are very keen on real ale, indeed he has just won his 8 month long battle with Punch Taverns to get a sixth handpump fitted which were sporting the full range of Timothy Taylors beers the last time I visited on yet another Meet the Brewer evening.

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Trafford & Hulme Branch’s Pub Of The Season for Autumn is Electrik Bar on Wilbraham Road, Chorlton. The bar was presented with the award on 15 October, just three days after narrowly missing out on the Best Bar award in the Manchester Food & Drink Festival Awards. A healthy contingent of regulars and CAMRA members attended the presentation night with the unexpected bonuses of CAMRA Regional Director Ralph Warrington, local MP John Leech and councillors Norman Lewis (Chorlton Park) & Paul Ankers (Chorlton).

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