Trafford & Hulme CAMRA is pleased to announce that the 2018 Pub Of The Year is 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, landlords Roger & Clare have made it 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 runner up was a much more modern bar - Chorlton's The Font which offers a range of 8 cask ales and 16 lines of modern keg beers, with last year's Pub Of The Year, Pi (Altincham) in third place.
The Font was also named Cider Pub Of The Year 2018 for the fouth time in five years - it's range of between 6 and 10 traditional and fruit flavoured ciders no doubt being the clincher for cider drinkers. Sale's The JP Joule was runner up.
Having made it to the final four of the National Club Of The Year competition (overall winner to be announced later this month), it was no great surprise that members once again chose Flixton Conservative Club as Club Of The Year - an unprecedented sixth consecutive win for this very special club where stewards Sharon and Nigel, supported by the club committee, have got their members really enthused about real ales with an emphasis on local offerings.
Their success must be rubbing off on their local competiton with Flxton Ex-Servicemen's Club (aka The John Alker) taking the Club Of The Year runners up slot.
Members also voted on four other annual awards
|Best Newcomer||Barking Dog, Urmston||Con Club, Altrincham|
| Best LocAle Pub of Club
||Flixton Consevative Club, Urmston||The Sip Club, Stretford|
| Best Community Pub
||The Brook, Brooklands||Lord Nelson, Urmston|
| Most Improved Pub of Club
||The Vine Inn, Sale||Church Inn, Flixton|
The Trafford and Hulme Winter Pub of the season 2018 is the Church, Flixton.
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.
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.