Flixton Conservative Club has been named the CAMRA Natiional Club Of The Year for 2018. The Club has been Trafford & Hulme Club Of The Year for an unpresedented six years and has been named Greater Manchester Club Of The Year for last three years.
The presentation was made on Wednesday 28th February with many club and CAMRA members in attendance.
Nigel Porter at Flixton Conservative Club says: “This is really fantastic news, we are absolutely thrilled to be named CAMRA National Club of the Year especially given the very high standard of the other clubs in the final four. There are a lot of excellent Clubs out there doing a great job so to be judged as the best in the country is just an immense privilege and we would like to thank both CAMRA and Club Mirror for this honour.
“This really is a total team effort. The Club is very fortunate in having a very supportive committee, really friendly and knowledgeable bar staff and a great bunch of members who just show so much enthusiasm for everything we do. The quality of our real ale has been paramount to the success of the Club and a great deal of the credit for that needs to go to all of the terrific brewers who supply us and support us in so many ways.
“Finally, our thanks go to CAMRA (with a special mention to our local branch - Trafford & Hulme) for their continued support and encouragement."
Trafford & Hulme CAMRA is pleased to announce that the 2018 Pub Of The Year is The Old Packet House on the corner of Navigation Road & Manchester Road in Broadheath. One of the branch's oldest pubs dating back to the 1870s, landlords Roger & Clare have made it a shining example of all that is good about traditional pubs. A roaring fire in winter, great value pub grub and of course great beer from local breweries saw it top the member's vote out of over 140 pubs selling real ale in the branch area.
The runner up was a much more modern bar - Chorlton's The Font which offers a range of 8 cask ales and 16 lines of modern keg beers, with last year's Pub Of The Year, Pi (Altincham) in third place.
The Font was also named Cider Pub Of The Year 2018 for the fouth time in five years - it's range of between 6 and 10 traditional and fruit flavoured ciders no doubt being the clincher for cider drinkers. Sale's The JP Joule was runner up.
Having made it to the final four of the National Club Of The Year competition (overall winner to be announced later this month), it was no great surprise that members once again chose Flixton Conservative Club as Club Of The Year - an unprecedented sixth consecutive win for this very special club where stewards Sharon and Nigel, supported by the club committee, have got their members really enthused about real ales with an emphasis on local offerings.
Their success must be rubbing off on their local competiton with Flxton Ex-Servicemen's Club (aka The John Alker) taking the Club Of The Year runners up slot.
Members also voted on four other annual awards
|Best Newcomer||Barking Dog, Urmston||Con Club, Altrincham|
| Best LocAle Pub of Club
||Flixton Consevative Club, Urmston||The Sip Club, Stretford|
| Best Community Pub
||The Brook, Brooklands||Lord Nelson, Urmston|
| Most Improved Pub of Club
||The Vine Inn, Sale||Church Inn, Flixton|
On 18th January the Branch visited the Church Inn, Flixton to present the award for Pub of The Season for Winter 2017/18
Here is Lance collecting the award from George Elmslie the Branch's Social Secretary.