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

The Trafford & Hulme Pub Of The Season for Summer 2013 is The City Arms, Manchester.

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Landlord Steve Crook presented with award by branch secretary Caroline O'Donnell

The City Arms is one of the real gems of our city's pub scene, tucked away on Kennedy Street, just off Albert Square. While press talking about the city's great pubs often focus on more historic pubs like The Britons Protection or Thomas' Chop House, for a traditional regulars pubs that focuses on beer, there are none better than The City Arms.

The pub has featured in the Good Beer Guide for the last 17 consecutive years. Landlord Steve Crook has been looking after the beer at the pub for seven and a half years, originally as cellar-man and more latterly as landlord. In fact, Steve was responsible for the beer quality which won the pub its previous Pub Of The Season award in 2008.

 

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Old Packet House

Trafford & Hulme branch have voted the Old Packet House, Navigation Road, Broadheath as their Pub Of The Season for Spring 2013. Built in the 1770’s the Old Packet House was the second stopping place on the journey, by boat or barge, from Manchester to Runcorn along the Bridgewater Canal, providing shelter for passengers and storage facilities for packages for dispatch or collection. Now run, since June 2004, by the father & daughter team of Terry & Claire Hardman.  The pub is now a cheery & welcoming local serving two cask ales, Little Bollington from Dunham Massey and Golden Best from Timothy Taylors

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Old Packet House, Braodheath
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The ParlourThe Trafford & Hulme CAMRA Pub Of The Season for Winter 2012/13 is The Parlour, Beech Road, Chorlton.

The presentation will take place from 8-30pm on Thursday 10th January. All welcome to join in the celebration and beat the post-holiday blues.

Since opening in 2010 The Parlour has attracted plenty of attention and customers. Sister pub to the much revived Castle in Manchester, real ale is a prominent feature of the bar, and a newly discovered passion for managers Jamie and his wife Goska.

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The Trafford & Hulme Branch Pub Of The Season for Autumn 2012 is The Hillary Step on Upper Chorlton Road, Whalley Range. The award will be presented on Monday 1st October from 8pm. The pub are promising to lay on an extra special range of beers - all are welcome.

Hillary StepThe pub achieved brief notoriety when it first opened in 2004 by being Manchester's first non-smoking pub. Although the change in the law three years later removed its unique selling point, the pub has continued to go from strength to strength, so much so that earlier this year, it almost doubled in size with a large extension being added to the rear and the bar being extended.

Prior to the Hillary Step, drinkers in Whalley Range had to journey to The Whalley right at the northern end of Upper Chorlton Road or south to neighbouring Chorlton. Set in a short row of shops a few hundred yards from the junction with Seymour Grove, the Hilary was neighbour to well regarded Italian restaurant Palmiro which had been established in 2000. The two venues gave new life to the area and were soon joined by Jam Street Café. Palmiro was sold in early 2010 and is now the home to Nip & Tipple, the three bars now making this short strip a viable alternative to Cholrton's more intensive scene.

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The Bishop Blaize on Chester Road in Stretford was presented with the Trafford & Hulme Pub Of The Season award for Summer 2012 on Thursday 19th July.

Bishop Blaize team

Robinsons brewery had brewed a special Bishop Blaize ale for the occassion and were also present offering samples of their ales.

The presentation was made by branch Cider Officer Steven Swain who is a regular at the JD Wetherspoon pub. Pictured is Steven with pub manager Ben Plunkett.

Ben Plunkett & Steven Swain

Bishop Blaize

Trafford & Hulme CAMRA's Pub Of The Season for Summer 2012 is the Bishop Blaize on Chester Road, Streford.

The award is in recognition of the efforts of manager Ben Plunkett and his team who have built up a loyal following of regulars throughout the week while making the pub a welcoming destination for cricket fans attending Lancashire matches.

The pub is inevitably packed with football fans on Old Trafford match days but now offers much more to the local community.

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On Wednesday 18th April, Trafford and Hulme branch members gathered at Cask on Liverpool Road, Manchester to present manager Dan Chuaa with certificates confirming them as Pub Of The Season for Spring 2012.

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Many of the bar's staff came in to join in the celebrations. Pictured are Dan and his team with their awards.

cask 300x229Trafford & Hulme CAMRA's Pub Of The Season for Spring 2012 is Cask, Liverpool Road, Manchester.

The presentation will be made on Wednesday 18th April. Join us from 8pm with presentation typically at 8.30pm. As well as the presentation, there will be a social opportunity for new members who joined at the National Winter Ales and MOSI festivals (or any other members who have never attended a branch event) to meet the branch team.

The Trafford & Hulme Branch Pub Of The Season for Winter 2011/2012 is The Beech Inn on Beech Road, Chorlton.
The Beech Inn Pub Of The Season
The award was presented on 27th December when the pubs' many regulars joined local CAMRA members to congratulate landlord Chris Clish and his team on turning round this former Good Beer Guide pub. Pictured are local CAMRA member Heather Airlie presenting the award to Chris.
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