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.

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

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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