Awards

The Steamhouse, Urmston 

Come over to Urmston on Thursday 23rd July, when Trafford & Hulme Branch will be presenting their Pub of the Season Award for Summer 2009 to The Steamhouse at Urmston railway station (8 p.m. onwards).

What a transformation! For fifteen years Urmston’s original station building lay derelict after a modern ticket office was built on the opposite line of the line. It was succumbing to the ravages of flood, fire and tempest, not to mention vandalism. To locals it seemed it would soon have to be demolished.

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The Steamhouse

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This summer’s Pub of the Season award from the Trafford & Hulme Branch took place at the Swan with Two Nicks on 16th July. Sixteen Branch members attended and the presentation to the licensee, Ann Amphlett, was made by Beverley Gobbett, Chair of the Branch. The award was in recognition of the range and quality of the beers, for which the Swan was voted into the current GBG for the first time. During Ann’s 3 year tenure the number of cask ales available has increased from 3 to 7.  In particular, the Branch wishes to recognise Ann’s strong support for the nearby, newly-established Dunham Massey Brewery and its brewer John Costello. Typically, 3 of his beers were available on the night: Big Tree, Stamford and the latest Little Bollington Bitter. Ann also supports another local micro-brewery, Coach House of Warrington, who provide the house beer named after the pub. Also permanently available are Timothy Taylor’s Landlord and a stronger beer, often Abbot Ale.

 

swan with two nicks

Summer 2008 Pub of the Season is the Swan with Two Nicks –presentation date is Wed 16th July

In case you’ve ever wondered, no, the name of this pub in Little Bollington, Cheshire, doesn’t derive from some anatomical abnormality, but from the ancient practice of putting a nick in each side of the beak of the new seasons’ cygnets to identify them as not being the exclusive property of the Crown.

 Trafford branch recently enjoyed a social night out giving their Spring PotS award to The Volunteer Hotel on Cross Street, Sale. This impressive public house, first opened in 1898, however it stands on the site of an even earlier pub called the White Lion ,dating from 1807.  Now the property of Holts Brewery, the Volunteer Hotel got its name from the Ashton-on-Mersey / Sale Loyal Volunteers fighting force, raised to counter a threatened Napoleonic invasion of England in 1803. The Volunteers drilled on the nearby Sale Moor, just east of the present A56.

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