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.

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.


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.

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.

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.

Font barTrafford & Hulme branch's Cider Pub of The Year is Font bar on New Wakefield Street, in the shadow of Oxford Road Station.

Although they do a roaring trade in selling cocktails to students, they also slightly more quietly stock and excellent range of world beers and cask ales for the more discerning drinker. Last year they introduced traditional cider and perry for sale from the back bar and have done an excellent job of introducing many of their young customers to the real taste of cider and perry containing nothing but apples & pears.

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.