The Beech is Back!
We 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 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.
Trafford & 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.
On Sunday 12th June, Trafford & Hulme Branch headed for Chorlton's Oddest Bar to present them with the branch Cider & Perry Pub Of The Year Award.
Nichola Clark, Manager is presented with Trafford & Hulme Branch's Cider Pub Of The Year award by Greater Manchester CAMRA Cider Co-ordinator Steven Swain.
Oddest pulled out all the stops for the presentation event with no less than three real ciders and two real perries available.
Marble Beer House (Manchester Road, Chorlton) was presented with their richly deserved Pub Of The Year award on Wednesday 8th June.
Around 30 local CAMRA members joined regulars to see the award presented by branch Chair Beverley Gobbett. Beverley told the audience that Marble Beer House has been highly rated by the branch ever since first opening 13 years ago. It has been featured in every single edition of The Good Beer Guide that it has been eligible for and regularly rates in the top 5 local pubs by members beer quality scores entered into CAMRA's National Beer Scoring System.
On 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.
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:
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.