I know its a while to Christmas, but believe me, it will be here almost before you can say Winter Warmer. So if you are stuck for a present for a real ale or real cider fan consider buying them CAMRA Gift membership. 

http://www.camra.org.uk/gift-membership

To make it extra special you can include include a copy of the Good Beer Guide.

Don't worry about getting it now. The membership year starts when they activate it so they won't miss out on a minute of membership.

 

Flixton Conservative Club has been named CAMRA Greater Manchester Club Of The Year for the second year running. The club which is on the corner of Flixton Road and Chassen Road between Urmston & Flixton has retained the title it first took in 2015, beating off six other private members clubs from across CAMRA Greater Manchester's branches.

The club has been named Club Of The Year by Trafford & Hulme branch for four consecutive years and after winning the regional title, the club will now go forward to be judged against 15 other regional winners for the National Club Of The Year title.

Mystery shopper judges visited all the finalists over the summer, scoring each club on a range of attributes including the range and quality of beer & cider, customer service, warmth of welcome, and value for money. Judges praised Flixton Conservative Club for the devotion of its staff, the wide range of beers on offer and the warm welcome extended to non-member visitors.

Club stewards Nigel and Sharon Porter have transformed the beer range at the club from two real ales when they arrived five years ago to six on the bar at one time and the club is reaping the benefits with membership flourishing. Nigel said "Feedback I get from the committee is that many new members cite the beer as their main reason for joining the club with others stating that they come here because they find it a welcoming, safe and secure place to enjoy a good beer".

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On Saturday 30th July, Trafford & Hulme will team up with our neighbours in North Cheshire branch and Halton & Chester branch for a trip to explore the pubs of Huddersfield.


Details of the trip are:

10.11 DEPART Manchester Piccadilly. Arriving at Huddersfield at 10.46

11.00 WOOD ST CRAFT BEER HOUSE (WAS HDM BEER SHOP) : 4 changing (opens at 11.00)

Nearby VULCAN ? (opens at 09.00)

12.00 STAR (1 regular + 9 guest)

13.30 RAT & RATCHET (6 regular + 6 guest)

15.15 GROVE (4 regular + 15 guest

Optional stops:
COMMERCIAL (Sam Smiths - opens at 11.00)
BAR MAROX - New micro bar which opens at 16:00

17.00 SPORTSMAN (STATION) : 1 regular + 7 changing -

OPTIONAL - MAGIC ROCK BREWERY TAP

18.15 KING’S HEAD (STATION) : 4 regular + 6 guest

19.30 DEPART Huddersfield : Arrive Manchester Piccadilly 20.05

19.49 OPTIONAL - STALYBRIDGE STATION BUFFET BAR
20.50 Depart Stalybridge;  Arrive Manchester Piccadilly 21.05