Pub & Club Annual Awards

While the branch celebrates four Pub Of The Season winners throughout the year, these often go to long standing pubs and bars which are awarded for longevity of excellence. Starting from 2013, the branch decided it wanted to also recognise pubs that excel in specific areas.

The branch presents four annual awards in addition to existing Pub of The Season and Pub Of The Year awards:

Best Newcomer

Most Improved Pub Or Club

Best Community Pub

Best LocAle Pub or Club

For full details of the awards, click here

 

Trafford and Hulmes Community Pub of The Year 2016 is the Lord Nelson, Urmston. Known locally as The Nellie, this pub is everything you expect from a community pub.

Always busy, it gets particularly crowded for sports events and on quiz night (Tuesdays) and 'Colin's famous disco' on Saturday nights.

Sky Sports is shown, often with separate matches in separate rooms.

Here we see John the branch chairman presenting the award presented to Julie and Ian the management team who have run " the Nellie " for the last 17 years.

On Tuesday the 13th of December the Prairie Schooner Taphouse was presented with the "Best LocAle Pub" award. Their dedication to local and mainly independant breweries such as Blackjack, Brewsmith, Brightside, Dunham Massey, Seven Bro7hers, Ticketybrew or Tweed, has deservedly earned them the 2016 LocAle award.

Just in case you fancy something from distant lands they also have over 100 bottled beers (British, Continental and American) from the likes of Anchor, Cantillon, Founders, Firestone Walker and Mikkeller amongst others.

Here we see John O'Donnell the branchy chair presenting the award to the Prairie Schooner Taphouse team Rob, Clare and Josh.

LocAle Pub of Year Prairie Schooner

 

 

The Cheshire Tap was voted the Most Improved pub having transformed the former Classroom on Railway Street into a cool bar which has been a popular addition to the town's beer scene since opening in December 2015. While the site's previous incarnation was popular, it offered little to attract fans of quality beers whereas The Cheshire Tap features four real ales and a range of "craft" keg and bottles.

In keeping with its name, the bar regularly features Cheshire based breweries - on presentation evening two beers from Poynton Brewery were on offer - the flagship Vulcan Best Bitter and the newly launch Kiwi - a New Zealand hopped pale ale. The other two pumps featured Black Shire Stout from Tweed and Robinson's Dizzy Blonde. Pictured are general manager Martin, bar manager James with branch chair John O'Donnell

 

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The 2016 Best Newcomer award went to the Craftsman in Altrincham.

The Best Newcomer award went to  The Craftsman which opened in December 2015 in a vacant unit on Stamford New Road (although the site had hosted a bar many years ago). Here six handpumps have plain pumpclips which just feature a number which refers to the large blackboard above the bar. On the presentation night there were beers from across the county - Brightside's Odin topped the list with the rest of the board featuring UBU from Warwick's Purity Brewery, IPA from XT brewery in Berkshire, Yeovil Ale's Yeo Ho Ho, Cross Bay's Sunshine and Kits Coty from London's Caveman brewery. Although the bar took a few months to find its feet, it has built a steady following in the town and was busy when CAMRA came to present their certificate. Pictured is bar manager Ian Peel with branch chair John.

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Julie accepting the award from John

Thursday 15th January saw the award for the "Most Improved Pub of the Year - 2015"

Broadheath’s Navigation Hotel was the winner. New landlady Julie took over the pub in March 2015 and immediately set about transforming the pub into a venue that welcomes diners and drinkers equally and is equally suited to families and mature customers. Although TV sports have been maintained, they no longer dominate the pub with zoning set up to allow some areas to be quiet while sport is shown in others. There is a full menu, regular live music and the bowling green out back is in regular use.

Most importantly, the quality and range of beers has improved greatly. Pictured is branch chair John O’Donnell with Julie.

 

Railway Broadheath Community POTY 2014 2 SmallCongratulations to Pete & Wendy (pictured with Beverley Gobbett who proposed the award) and the rest of the team at the Railway in Broadheath, on winning the 2014 Trafford and Hulme Community Pub of the Year award.

A well deserved award for this pub that has successfully served the locals of Broadheath since it was saved from demolition in the mid 1990's by a joint campaign organised by CAMRA and its locals. Pete and his partner Wendy have carried on the tradition of keeping the Railway a locals local since taking over the lease.

Some pubs have a smart kitchen and are able to serve meals, the Railway doesn't, some pubs have the space to allow live music & comedy acts, the Railway doesn't. The Railway relies entirely on its community spirit, and great ale, to attract and keep its customers   So let's wish Pete & Wendy a long and successful future, well done!

Stretford Sip Club - TH Best Newcomer 2014The branch has named The Sip Club, Barton Road, Stretford as Best Newcomer 2014.

The bar which was also the branch's Pub of The Season for Autumn 2014 opened in April 2014 but has made a massive impact in such a short time - some much that even before CAMRA could present the Newcomer Award, it was named "Best Bar" in the annual CityLife Awards.

They went on to complete a triumvirate of awards with an off-field offering from the Federation of Small Businesses in recognition of their efforts to promote and engage with other Stretford businesses. Local MP Kate Green nominated the bar for the Business Buddy Award after noting their efforts to use local suppliers whereever possible (including almost exclusively offering beers & ciders from local brewers and producers) and to promote other Stretford businesses via events such as the bimonthly "Made In M32" craft fairs.

Pictured is branch chair Paul King presenting owner Heather Garlick with the Best Newcomer award.

The runner up for Best Newcomer was The Moose in Hale.

 

The Church InnCongratulations to Carl and Steve (pictured left, with Trafford & Hulme branch's Mark Reeves) and the rest of the team at the Church Inn, Hulme, on winning the 2014 Trafford and Hulme Most Improved Pub of the Year award.

A JW Lees pub, it was refurbished in 2013 with a new kitchen and outdoor drinking area and a warm welcome is always guaranteed. Having successfully run a bar in Macclesfield for 14 years, the Church set them a new challenge, having been off of the real ale map for years and generally a bit run down and ignored. It now serves two Lees ales and has a real community feel with a clientele consisting mostly of locals, students and university staff.

A kitchen fire in 2014 was a small setback but they have shrugged that off and continue to serve excellent home cooked food (the steak and ale pie is a winner, according to regulars). In an area where traditional pubs can be counted on a few fingers we wish them a long and prosperous future, well done!

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