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."
The CAMRA Club of the Year competition is run in conjunction with Club Mirror magazine, with the simple aim of finding the clubs with the greatest commitment to quality real ale – those which offer a fantastic atmosphere, welcoming surroundings and most importantly, top quality real ale served in great condition. All nominated clubs in the competition are independently assessed by a panel of CAMRA volunteers throughout the year.
Keith Spencer, Chairman of CAMRA’s Clubs Working Group says: “The Flixton Conservative Club has transformed itself over the last five years under new stewardship by expanding the real ale offering from just two to six at a time. The club is reaping the benefits and has become a thriving hub to the local community and a worthy winner of this year’s award.”
Club Mirror's Head of Judges Caroline Scoular said: "The four super regional winners were truly impressive clubs. The range and quality of ales was surpassed only by the quality of their welcome. Congratulations to them all for making the final four, and very well done to Flixton, a very worthy winner."
Runners-up in the competition include two Royal Air Force Association (RAFA) clubs - the Albatross Club in Bexhill-on-Sea and the Real Ale Farm in Bargoed, Wales - as well as the Appleton Thorn Village Hall in Warrington, which all boast a wide range of well-kept, fantastic real ales.
The club will be presented with its plaque at an event immediately following the national Pub of the Year presentation, which is taking place at the neighbouring Cricketers Arms in St Helens at 1pm.