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  Thursday 27th July we visited  the Morley Cheeks for a double presentation. 

The first is as runner up in last year’s Most Improved Pub awards in recognition of the vastly improved selection and quality of its real ale offering since the current management took over.

It has consolidated this status with a range that almost always consists of four real ales including one dark ale, real cider, a new menu and regular events including comedy nights & live music.

Second, but more important was the Pub of The Season award for Summer 2017. Here we see John the Branch Chairman (left) presenting Darren Tute and Natasha Khoury (Tash) with the awards.

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Trafford & Hulme branch is delighted to announce that its Spring Pub of the Season is the Quarry Bank, Bloomsbury Lane, Timperley.

 

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This pub has been in the Hydes estate for over 100 years and is believed to have been built by the family in 1914. The first tenant was James Walker who moved into the pub on 23 October 1914. It then spent the next 78 years being run by a member of the same family, still living on the premises, until the end of 1992* when it came back to the Hydes family to find a new licensee.


Dave Kershaw has only been at the Quarry Bank since the beginning of 2016 but he and his team have made a fantastic job of building up their trade and he runs an excellent cellar which showcases the full Hydes range, which also includes the Beer Studio range, together with ever changing guest ales. There are up to eight different cask beers available at any one time. Dave also features the Hydes “Provenance” line which comprises beers brewed with hops from around the world, the current range using hops from America. He also has the “Occasional” series which is beers brewed for special events either in the UK or worldwide. Let’s hope that at the time of our visit we get a beer for St George’s Day. If you have the opportunity to call in on a Monday or Thursday they have their ‘Cask Club’ which enables you to have a pint of any cask beer for £2.10 per pint all day. The kitchen is always open for food and there is still an extensively used bowling green out the back with a fantastic patio area for you to watch the bowling.

 

Trafford and Hulme have voted the "Morley Cheeks", Barlow Moor Road, Chorlton-Cum-Hardy as the Summer Pub of the Season. Since taking over in mid 2016 the management team have improved the quality and choice of Real Ales and other beers. In addition real Cider is available.

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To complement the beers a good range of food is served with the emphasis on chicken wings, ribs, burgers, hot-dogs and wraps

 

Trafford & Hulme branch have voted the Old Packet House, Navigation Road, Broadheath as their Pub of the Season for winter 2016/17. 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 2014, by Claire Hardman and her partner. After a recent external refurbishment the pub is now a cheery & welcoming local serving two cask ales, Little Bollington from Dunham Massey and Golden Best from Timothy Taylors.

Old Packet House

Very much a local’s pub, Claire and her staff work hard to support the local community with charity events, karaoke every Friday, live music on occasional Saturdays and Quiz Nights on Monday.

Food is served daily from noon until 8:30pm and for those wishing to stay over there are four en-suite bedrooms at reasonable rates for B&B.

Prairie Schooner Tap House logoTrafford and Hulme’s Autumn Pub of the Season is the Prairie Schooner Taphouse on Flixton Road in Urmston.

Ostensibly a micro pub but actually a decent size, with two distinct seating areas either side of an island bar. Owner Robert MacRae opened the bar two years ago and was named the branch's best Newcomer in 2015. It's second anniversary will coincide with the presentation of the award.

One recent reviewer likened the premises to bringing a bit of Chorlton or Didsbury to Urmston. Can make of that what you will but it has certainly enhanced an area which is up and coming on the leisure front where along with numerous restaurants many real ale outlets have sprung up in recent years.

The premises were formerly a shop selling golfing tackle. The emphasis now is on fermented malt and fruit, consumed in a tranquil atmosphere (no TV or background music). No meals are available but nuts and nibbles are available. Lovers of whisky and wine will also find something of interest and small batch gin is a recent addition.

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JP Joule, SaleThe Trafford & Hulme Pub Of The Season for Summer 2016 is The JP Joule.

Situated on Northenden Road in Sale, the JP Joule is just a few minutes’ walk away from the tram station, and is on several major bus routes.

Spread over 2 floors, with a bar on each, there are a total of 13 handpumps, ensuring a good range of real ale in this popular Wetherspoon pub.

‘House’ ales are Greene King Abbot, Ruddles Best, and Sharps Doom Bar. Supporting LocAle, ‘guest’ ales are from local breweries including Dunscar Bridge, Phoenix, Robinsons and Weetwood (to name but a few), as well as, from slightly further afield, Hawkshead, Moorhouses, Peerless and Saltaire.

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The Trafford & Hulme Branch Pub of the Season for Spring 2016 is The Bar in Chorlton.

The Bar on Wilbraham Road is one of the longest standing pubs in Chorlton and sister pub to The Knott, city centre and The Macc, Macclesfield. As one of the first of the new breed of ‘café/ bars’ in the area they were at the forefront of the revolution that now sees 30 real ale outlets in a square mile of what was once described as a ‘beer desert’.

Over the past close to 20 years it has gathered a loyal following and now arguably has the most diverse clientele in Chorlton. The 3 areas of the pub are open plan, yet separate enough to give a sense of intimacy, particularly in the small snug in back past the bar. The larger area to the left on entry hosts a weekly quiz and music nights and also serves as the main dining area, a full menu is now being served.

The long area in front of the bar has a lovely tiled fire place and there are 8 hand pumps on the bar, 4 either side of the large pillar. Beers are mostly regional and more often LocAle with offerings from Pictish, Acorn, Marble and Magic Rock frequently on the bar. Real cider is also available, 4 bag-in-box are usually found in the fridge.

Blackboards behind the bar advertise the offerings including ‘craft’ keg both foreign and domestic. There’s a patio to the front where smoking is allowed and a beer garden to the rear where it isn’t. A few things have changed over the years, but they don’t do cocktails and still don’t sell Stalla!

The Pub of the Season award will be presented on Thursday 21st April from 8pm. It’s located opposite the Chorlton Metrolink stop and several bus routes go close by.

Sir Ralph AbercrombyThe Trafford & Hulme branch Pub Of The Season for Winter 2015/16 is the Sir Ralph Abercromby in Manchester City Centre.

The Sir Ralph is a Manchester institution having stood on Bootle Street since the early 19th century. Current Landlord Mike Christodoulou came to the pub in 2011 when he and the legendary “Greek George” of the Circus Tavern fame revitalised it after a period of closure. George moved on after a couple of years but Mike has continued to build the pub into one with a vibrant community who head to it for good value food, regular entertainment and of course good beer – there are usually five real ales on the bar.

Despite its long history, the future of the pub is seriously under threat from Manchester City Council’s plans to redevelop the whole area. Although the proposals which were recently subject of public consultation are deliberately vague, all the indications are that the developers see the pub as “in the way”. CAMRA will be doing what we can to ensure that development does not wipe out such an important part of our pub scene.

The Pub Of The Season award will be presented on Friday 30th January from 8pm. It’s hoped to get the press to cover the event in the light of the threat to the pub, so it would be good if CAMRA members from across the region could make it down to show the level of support for our historic pubs.