Awards

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Trafford and Hulme’s pub of the season for autumn 2016 is the Prairie Schooner Taphouse in Urmston, the branch presented the award on Thursday the 20th. of October to the owner Rob and the team. A happy co-incidence was the celebration of the bars two year anniversary of their opening, and even better at the same time was a meet the brewer night, Colin and Sue from the Poynton brewery. An additional award still to be presented is the T&H Locale pub of the year, richly deserved, the four handpumps frequently featuring Pictish and Phoenix among others from the region. Camra discounts are available on production of a current members card also Wetherspoons vouchers are also valid.

Prairie Schooner Tap House logoTrafford and Hulme’s Autumn Pub of the Season is the Prairie Schooner Taphouse on Flixton Road in Urmston.

Ostensibly a micro pub but actually a decent size, with two distinct seating areas either side of an island bar. Owner Robert MacRae opened the bar two years ago and was named the branch's best Newcomer in 2015. It's second anniversary will coincide with the presentation of the award.

One recent reviewer likened the premises to bringing a bit of Chorlton or Didsbury to Urmston. Can make of that what you will but it has certainly enhanced an area which is up and coming on the leisure front where along with numerous restaurants many real ale outlets have sprung up in recent years.

The premises were formerly a shop selling golfing tackle. The emphasis now is on fermented malt and fruit, consumed in a tranquil atmosphere (no TV or background music). No meals are available but nuts and nibbles are available. Lovers of whisky and wine will also find something of interest and small batch gin is a recent addition.

The Trafford & Hulme CAMRA Pub Of The Year 2016 is Pi (Altrincham). The award was presented to a packed pub of regulars and CAMRA members on 23rd June. The pub took the opportunity to launch their new range of bar snacks and also provided samples of new varieties of Pie Minster pies.

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Pub manager Chris Bardsley receiving the award from branch Chair John O'Donnell

JP Joule, SaleThe Trafford & Hulme Pub Of The Season for Summer 2016 is The JP Joule.

Situated on Northenden Road in Sale, the JP Joule is just a few minutes’ walk away from the tram station, and is on several major bus routes.

Spread over 2 floors, with a bar on each, there are a total of 13 handpumps, ensuring a good range of real ale in this popular Wetherspoon pub.

‘House’ ales are Greene King Abbot, Ruddles Best, and Sharps Doom Bar. Supporting LocAle, ‘guest’ ales are from local breweries including Dunscar Bridge, Phoenix, Robinsons and Weetwood (to name but a few), as well as, from slightly further afield, Hawkshead, Moorhouses, Peerless and Saltaire.

The Trafford & Hulme branch Pub Of The Year for 2016 is Pi (Altrincham).

Presentation Thursday 23rd June from 8pm. Will also be presenting runners up awards to Blackjack Beers' Jack In The Box and Marble Beer's Marble Beer House with beers from both breweries invading Pi for the evening.

Situated on Shaw’s Road opposite Altrincham Market Hall, it’s not a bar which shouts loudly about itself but has quietly spent the last three years building a well-earned reputation for serving good beer in a relaxed and welcoming atmosphere. There are no pretentions about this bar - no DJ nights, no TV sports and no desire to be a gastropub or do “street food”. Quite simply while it may not be a traditional pub, it is very much a proper pub – all about enjoying beer in good company.

House ale Tatton Blonde is joined by two guest ales most commonly from RedWillow, Saltaire & First Chop while the fonts serve only quality local and imported beers and lagers – there are no mainstream brands. Where bottle menus may be a common sight at craft beer bars these days, the Pi Beer Bible has been a fixture since the first Pi opened in Chorlton back in 2007.

The simple but effective menu offers a choice of four PieMinster pies usually including two vegetarian options, served with your choice of creamy mash, minty peas and gravy. Service is quick and food is served until 11pm daily.

The Trafford & Hulme Branch Pub of the Season for Spring 2016 is The Bar in Chorlton.

The Bar on Wilbraham Road is one of the longest standing pubs in Chorlton and sister pub to The Knott, city centre and The Macc, Macclesfield. As one of the first of the new breed of ‘café/ bars’ in the area they were at the forefront of the revolution that now sees 30 real ale outlets in a square mile of what was once described as a ‘beer desert’.

Over the past close to 20 years it has gathered a loyal following and now arguably has the most diverse clientele in Chorlton. The 3 areas of the pub are open plan, yet separate enough to give a sense of intimacy, particularly in the small snug in back past the bar. The larger area to the left on entry hosts a weekly quiz and music nights and also serves as the main dining area, a full menu is now being served.

The long area in front of the bar has a lovely tiled fire place and there are 8 hand pumps on the bar, 4 either side of the large pillar. Beers are mostly regional and more often LocAle with offerings from Pictish, Acorn, Marble and Magic Rock frequently on the bar. Real cider is also available, 4 bag-in-box are usually found in the fridge.

Blackboards behind the bar advertise the offerings including ‘craft’ keg both foreign and domestic. There’s a patio to the front where smoking is allowed and a beer garden to the rear where it isn’t. A few things have changed over the years, but they don’t do cocktails and still don’t sell Stalla!

The Pub of the Season award will be presented on Thursday 21st April from 8pm. It’s located opposite the Chorlton Metrolink stop and several bus routes go close by.

Trafford & Hulme Cider Pub of The Year 2016 is Chorlton’s Font Bar, taking the award for the third year in a row.

With a minimum of four ciders and perries available on draft at a time, increasing to as many as eight in summer months, the Manchester Road venue has the widest range of traditional ciders & perries any pub in the branch area. If the draft selection isn’t wide enough, there is also a fridge full of bottled ciders to choose from.

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