Club Of The Year

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).

On Saturday the 16th April the Branch once again visited Flixton Conservative Club who were having an Easter Beer Festival to present them with the 2017 Club of The Year award. Sharon and John the Stewards have continued to offer a great selection of beers, brewerey evenings and other events, including a Cooperage demonstration Those visiting enjoyed a range of excellant beers, an Irish Band, and some even indulged in a game of Bingo.

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Pictured (L-R) Club Stewards Sharon & Nigel Porter, Branch Chair John O'Donnell & Club President Mike Kielty 

The Trafford & Hulme Branch Club Of The Year for the fourth year in a row is Flixton Conservative Club. Having retained its branch title, the Flixton Road club will be hoping to also retain the Greater Manchester Club Of The Year title it took last year.

Stewards Nigel & Sharon Porter have continued to improve the choice and quality of real ales on offer at the club. The main club room has six handpumps with permanent Theakston Best Bitter being joined by an ever changing range of guests, mostly from local breweries. In the last year they have installed five further pumps in the upstairs function room to allow them to save the same great range of beers to the many clubs and groups who use function room. Turnover of beers is increasing all the time allowing the club to feature even more variety while keeping quality which recently saw the club awarded 100 out of 100 in its latest Cask Marque inspection.

The club’s monthly “brewery nights” have now been running for 18 months and a eagerly anticipated by the club’s members who get to sample five beers from the selected brewery over a pie & pea supper. The most recent night featured Bollington Brewery with Weetwood Ales & Deeply Vale being other recent participants.

Presentation of the award will coincide with the next brewery night on 29th April when the featured brewer is due to be none less than the Pictish Brewing Company.

pjk flixton conTrafford & Hulme Branch is fortunate in having a number of Clubs in its area doing an excellent job in selling and promoting quality cask ale. However, it is Flixton Conservative Club who continues to set the benchmark and for that reason they have been selected as the Trafford & Hulme Branch Club of the Year 2015.

T&H Chairman Paul King presenting the award to Nigel & Sharon Porter

The Trafford & Hulme Branch Club of the Year 2014 is Flixton Conservative Club, deservingly retaining the title they gained last year. 

Flixton Conservative ClubRather than resting on their laurels, being crowned last year’s Club of the Year seems to have inspired Flixton Conservative Club to endeavour to reach even higher levels. This drive to continually improve is one of the reasons why the club has again been selected as Club of the Year.

It has been an impressive 12 months for a club which was probably not even on most CAMRA Members radar this time last year. It’s apparent that those who have visited the club since have been suitably impressed , reflected by the fact that the club went on to finish a very close Runner-up in the Greater Manchester Regional Club of the Year 2013.

The Club of the Year 2012 for Trafford & Hulme branch is the Altrincham Conservative Club on Market Street. This club was established in 1878 and has been in the same premises ever since. It has a large billiard room and an impressive kitchen for providing catering for its many events run throughout the year for its members and guests.

The building is very impressive and the bar area is large, well appointed with high ceilings giving quite a sense of oppulence. There used to be a ladies only billiard room but the club has now moved on and allows mixed playing of the game.

The Timperley Taverners Club on Park Road, Timperley has retained their title as Club of the Year 2011.  The Club will now go forward in to the Regional competition which will be announced later on this year.

Originally a tennis club in the 1960’s the current building on the site was built in 1981 to replace the wooden hut, by the Liberal Democrats as their Head Quarters for the area.  In 1985 a further extension was added to give a large function room. 

The Trafford & Hulme CAMRA Club Of The Year for 2011 is.....

Timperley Tavener's Club
43A Park Road, Timperley

This is the second year running that the Tavener's has received this award. They are delighted to have retained their title!

The presentation will take place on Thursday May 19th from 8pm.

More details to follow. See the Timperley Tavener's listing at www.whatpub.org.