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Pub of the Season

Trafford & Hulme Branch awards four seasonal awards to pubs, bars & clubs in the branch area

The Pub Of The Season award is presented to a pub or bar within the branch area which has excelled in one or more areas:
a) introducing real ale to a new area or market where none has been available
b) on-going excellence in the quality of real ales (and ciders) on offer
c) on-going excellence of service to customers and/or the local community
d) significant increases in the sales of real ales and/or traditional ciders
e) excellence in support promotion of CAMRA and its aims
f) significant charitable work

Nominees for the award are put forward by local CAMRA members & voted on by branch members once a quarter.

A pub (while under the same management) cannot be Pub Of The Season more than once in a 3 year period. A pub must have been under the same management for over one year before it becomes eligible to be nominated as Pub Of The Season

 On a dark winters night there is nothing better than a pub visit. On the 12th February The Salutation in Hulme was our destination as it was the date to present Ronan Clowes, the manager and his team with the Trafford & Hulme "Pub of the Season Winter 2020" award. 

Here we can see Tom Watson, the supervisor receiving the award from George Elmslie the branch chairman.


Acquired by the Metropolitan University in 2011 and operated by Union since 2013 it has retained many of it’s original features through several tasteful refreshes. In 2019 it entered into a non-exclusive agreement with Bollington Brewery and its cask and keg ales available usually with one guest from elsewhere.

The menu features several vegan and vegetarian meals in addition to more traditional pub fare. Interestingly the menu includes a beer pairing suggestion for each dish.  

Congratulations to the team at The Salutation, Hulme who have been awarded the Trafford & Hulnme Pub of the Season winter 2020

The Salutation is a real gem of a pub tucked away in Manchester Metropolitain Unvesity Campus. Despite several refurbishments it retains much of its historic interior and has a real community feeling. It hosts regular events inlcuding a quiz night. There is a great range of cask ales and craft beers, largly from Bollington Brewery available. Food is available lunch times and evenenings and the menu includes beer pairing suggestions for each dish. 

Well as the nights are strting to draw in, and a few of the leaves start to turn bronze and golden its obviosuly time to present the Autumn Pub Of the season award which went to Dulicmer, Chorlton. For a modest little bar it offersa great range of Ales, with real cider also being available on hand pump. They have frequent music events, and as we visited there were dulcet tones drifting down from the upstairs room. Here we see Chris of Dulcimer accepting the award from the Branch Chairman, George.

George presenting the award to Chris



Congratulations to the Team at Dulcimer, Chorlton-Cum-Hardt who have been awarded the "Pub Of The Season- Autumn 2019".

Dulcimer is a popular bar in Chorlton-Cum-Hardy which offers drinkers a wide and varied selection of ales, with Blackjack, Siren, Ashover, Hardknott, Wild Beer Weird Beard, Fyne Ales, First Chop & Arbor are typical guests. Cider from a box is served via a handpump on the bar.


As suggested by the name  this is supplemented by a varied selection of live and recorded music and dancing.

Congratulations to the Team at Costellos, Altrincham who have been awarded the "Pub Of The Season- Summer 2018".

A modern bar in the "Goose Green" are which has now become a center for small bars and restaurants. It is the brewery tap for Dunham Massey brewery. There are seven handpumps serving a variety of Dunham Massey beers.

Congratulations to Kuba and the team at the Hillary Step for winning our spring Pub of the Season award for 2018.
A proper local bar, for over 14 years the Step has provided excellent real ales to Whalley Range and neighbouring Old Trafford.
The presentation will be on Thursday the 12th April starting around 8pm. Hillary Step favourite Squawk Brewery will be having a tap takeover on the same evening so well worth a trip, please come along and help celebrate.