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Presentation of the Autumn Pub of the Season Award to the City Arms, Kennedy Street, Manchester


On Thursday 16th October the Trafford & Hulme branch CAMRA presented their Autumn POTS Award to the City Arms on Kennedy Street in Manchester.

This is a great little city centre ‘Proper Boozer’ which is always packed to the doors and the presentation night was no exception.  The Landlord, Eddie Thurston, together with his team which comprises of his wife Sophie, cellarman Steve Crook and the bar staff have done a fine job in keeping the City Arms as a great Cask ale outlet in today’s current credit climate with 8 hand pumps offering a constant change in choice of real ale.


Eddie has been in the trade for 8 years but has only looked after cask ale in the 8 months that he has been at the City Arms, ably assisted by Steve Crook who has been a fixture in the City for a number of years now.  When Eddie took over management of the pub he decided that there was no point in trying to change it as it already seemed to have a good philosophy that was working.  A surprise for Eddie and the team was made when the branch also presented an Award for 13 consecutive years in the Good Beer Guide.  Eddie was unaware that the branch had made a presentation 3 threes ago for Ten Years and Not Out but when we heard that a retiring Landlord felt to take the Award with him, we decided to replace the plaque with Thirteen Years and Still Counting.


The owners of the pub had also turned out to support Eddie and his team.  After the presentation we all enjoyed some hospitality produced by Sophie.


So thanks from the branch to Eddie and his team for a great night.  Please go in and see for yourselves this great little pub with no gimmicks, loud music, quiz nights or big screen, just a great choice of beers.


Beverley Gobbett