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Awards

The Old Packet HouseTrafford & Hulme CAMRA is pleased to announce that for the 2019 Pub Of The Year is for the second year running 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, The landlords Roger & Clare have not dropped the ball and it continues to be 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 well deserved runners-up spot went to the Beer House, Chorlton. This aptly named pub has two regular beers and up to five changing beers on hand pumps, and these are complimented with an extensive range of bottled and canned beers, some local and some from around the world.

The Font was also named Cider Pub Of The Year 2019 for the fith time in six years - it's range of between 6 and 10 traditional and fruit flavoured ciders no doubt being the clincher for cider drinkers. PI (Altrincham) was the runner up.

Despite there being new stewards at Flixton Conservative Club it still triumphed in the Club Of The Year competition making this the seventh  consecutive win for this very special club.

Members also voted on four other annual awards, as below. 

 Award  Winner  Runner Up
 Best Newcomer Brew Chimp, Urmston  
 Best LocAle Pub of Club
Prairie Schooner, Urmston  PI, Altrincham
 Best Community Pub
 Sip Club, Stretford  
 Most Improved Pub of Club
Railway, Sale  

The Trafford and Hulme Winter Pub of the season 2018 is the Church, Flixton.

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It is a long established and busy community local.   It stands next to the Norman church of St Michael’s and looks very much like a typical country pub, although it is on the fringe of a large and well developed urban area. Over the years the pub has expanded almost seamlessly into adjacent cottages. Inside it is a friendly and busy pub with a variety of different spaces inside, reflecting the small rooms of the original cottages.

Cask ales have always been important at the Church and the present managers, Joanne and Lance Amison make the most of their ability to pick interesting and unusual beers from small independent breweries. On a recent visit the bar featured Blackedge Brewer’s Gold, RedWillow Stateless and Acorn Yorkshire Pride alongside the more mainstream Sharp’s Doom Bar. The beers tend to be of session strength and from North of England breweries but they are never predictable. Card-carrying CAMRA members can claim a 10% discount on cask beers.

They also host a variety of community activities throughout the week. Tuesday is Poker Night. Wednesday is Open Mike Night. There are quizzes on Thursday and Sunday nights.

Don’t miss the pub’s “mystery object”, the so-called Shell. This is a strange and antique piece of ironmongery, attached to the corner formed by the pub wall and the wall of the churchyard. It’s been there for at least a century and is thought to be a deterrent to anyone tempted to use that semi-sacred corner as a pissoir, to borrow a French term.

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This year is the 40th anniversary of the founding of the Trafford & Hulme CAMRA.  On checking we found that the Lord Nelson is the only Pub in both the 1977 and 2017 Good Beer Guides. At the December Branch meeting we presented the pub with a special certificate in recognition of this achievment. Here we see Phil Parkinson, Head Brewer from Joseph Holts holding the certificate, along with Julie and Ian from the pub.

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On  Thursday 27th July we visited  the Morley Cheeks for a double presentation. 

The first is as runner up in last year’s Most Improved Pub awards in recognition of the vastly improved selection and quality of its real ale offering since the current management took over.

It has consolidated this status with a range that almost always consists of four real ales including one dark ale, real cider, a new menu and regular events including comedy nights & live music.

Second, but more important was the Pub of The Season award for Summer 2017. Here we see John the Branch Chairman (left) presenting Darren Tute and Natasha Khoury (Tash) with the awards.

morley cheeks pub of the season 2017

 

 

 

Trafford & Hulme branch is delighted to announce that its Spring Pub of the Season is the Quarry Bank, Bloomsbury Lane, Timperley.

 

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This pub has been in the Hydes estate for over 100 years and is believed to have been built by the family in 1914. The first tenant was James Walker who moved into the pub on 23 October 1914. It then spent the next 78 years being run by a member of the same family, still living on the premises, until the end of 1992* when it came back to the Hydes family to find a new licensee.


Dave Kershaw has only been at the Quarry Bank since the beginning of 2016 but he and his team have made a fantastic job of building up their trade and he runs an excellent cellar which showcases the full Hydes range, which also includes the Beer Studio range, together with ever changing guest ales. There are up to eight different cask beers available at any one time. Dave also features the Hydes “Provenance” line which comprises beers brewed with hops from around the world, the current range using hops from America. He also has the “Occasional” series which is beers brewed for special events either in the UK or worldwide. Let’s hope that at the time of our visit we get a beer for St George’s Day. If you have the opportunity to call in on a Monday or Thursday they have their ‘Cask Club’ which enables you to have a pint of any cask beer for £2.10 per pint all day. The kitchen is always open for food and there is still an extensively used bowling green out the back with a fantastic patio area for you to watch the bowling.

 

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