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.

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.

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.

 Cider Pub Of The Year Presentation

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.

Pub Of The Year PresentationMarble 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.

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.

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.