Branch Awards

Pub of the Year

Pub of the Year is our top award and goes to the pub that we believe has been consistently the best over the previous year. The criteria for winning is not just for beer quality but for other factors too - value for money, diversity of customers, sympathy with CAMRA aims and community spirit for example. The pubs are assessed on these categories by judging panels. More information on the national criteria we adhere to can be found here: http://www.camra.org.uk/branch-guidelines-on-selecting-poty.

Our branch is quite unusual in having two Pub of the Year awards. Straddling the border means we are allowed to have both an English and a Welsh winner. These then go forward into the voting for the Merseyside, Cheshire & North Wales Regional Pub of the Year. The winners from each region then progress into the national voting to decide the overall CAMRA Pub of the Year.

Pub of the Year 2018 (Cheshire Area)

Congratulations to the Olde Cottage in Cheshire who take the award this year! Commiserations to the excellent pubs who just missed out, the Cellar, the Cross Keys and the Deva Tap (all in Chester).

Pub of the Year 2018 (South Clwyd Area)

There can't be much space left on the walls at the Bridge End Inn Ruabon to put their 2018 award! Congrats to them on being judged winner again. No mean feat coming out on top against the Colliers Arms in Ponciau, the Aqueduct in Froncysyllte and the Ponsonby Arms in Llangollen.

Previous Winners (Cheshire Area)

2017 - Telford's Warehouse, Chester

2016 - Olde Cottage, Chester

2015 - The Cellar, Chester

2014 - The Cellar, Chester

2013 - Brewery Tap, Chester

2012 - Brewery Tap, Chester / Telford's Warehouse, Chester (joint)

2011 - Pied Bull, Chester

2010 - Brewery Tap, Chester

2009 - Old Harkers Arms, Chester

2008 - Blue Bell, Tushingham

2007 - Old Harkers Arms, Chester

2006 - Bunbury Arms, Stoak

Previous Winners (South Clwyd Area)

2017 - Bridge End Inn, Ruabon

2016 - Colliers Arms, Ponciau

2015 - Bridge End Inn, Ruabon

2014 - Bridge End Inn, Ruabon

2013 - Royal Oak, Wrexham

2012 - Bridge End Inn, Ruabon

2011 - Bridge End Inn, Ruabon

2010 - Bridge End Inn, Ruabon

2009 - Sun Inn, Llangollen

2008 - Peal o'Bells, Holt

2007 - Rose & Crown, Graianrhyd (no longer our branch)

2006 - Rose & Crown, Graianrhyd (no longer our branch)

Pub of the Season

The Pub of the Season, and other awards, are on an ad hoc basis, again decided by a vote within the branch based on earlier nominations. Unlike the annual award there is no set criteria for a pub to meet in order to win other than serving well kept cask ale. For instance, a potential Summer PotS doesn't have to be festooned in hanging baskets nor a Winter one need have a blazing inglenook fire surrounded by ceiling high oak settles. We would prefer nominations to be from non-GBG pubs or those that have not had an award in the previous couple of years. They are awarded at the discretion of the branch and several recipients have since gone on further to win a place in the GBG or our coveted Pub of the Year award. ........................................................................................................

Pub of the Season: Winter 2015 ( joint ) Colliers Arms, Ponciau / Wheatsheaf, Nomansheath

Two fine nominations neither of which deserved to be runner-up so we opted for a joint award. Geraint & Esme at the Colliers Arms run a smart, tidy, friendly local pub and have been making a big push of promoting cask ale an area where it's especially thin on the ground. Meanwhile Ant & Em the Wheatsheaf are doing a splendid job reviving this village pub where, amongst other things, they are creating a niche market for vegan food.

Previous: n/a (2014), Royal Oak, Wrexham (2013), Ffrwd, Cefn-y-Bedd (2012), Pied Bull, Chester (2011); Black Lion, Bersham (2010); Brewery Tap, Chester (2009); Carlton Tavern, Handbridge (2008); Ship Victory, Chester (2007)

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Pub of the Season: Summer 2014 The Piper, Hoole, Chester

An enthusiastic pub on the very outskirts of Chester catering for all tastes. In recent times its quality and choice of real ales have come on leaps and bounds. Sharps Doom Bar is the permanent beer while the guest range, earning it LocAle status, often features Spitting Feathers, Peerless and Liverpool Organic.

The Piper >> Previous: n/a (2013), Goshawk, Mouldsworth (2012), Old Cottage, Chester (2011); n/a (2010); Queen's Head, Sarn (2009); Sun, Eryrys (2008); Pheasant, Higher Burwardsley (2007); Willey Moor Lock Tavern, nr. Whitchurch (2006)

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Outstanding Community Pub 2013 Offa's Dyke, Broughton

1970's estate pub belonging to the John Barras chain; host of many sporting teams, live music, karaoke night, as well as other events.

Offa's Dyke >>

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Pub of the Season: Spring 2013 Glynne Arms, Hawarden

Re-opened in impressive style in May 2012 retaining many features of the original 200-year-old coaching inn plus some admirably quirky decor. It serves up to five, generally locally sourced guest ales.

■ Glynne Arms

Previous: n/a (2014, 2012); Stamford Bridge, nr Tarvin (2011); n/a (2010); n/a (2009); Corn Mill, Llangollen (2008); n/a (2007); Griffin, Gresford (2006)

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Angie and Spadge at the Royal Oak, HoolePub of the Season: Autumn 2012 Royal Oak, Hoole, Chester

Despite its modern décor and appearance the Lodge Bar, with its competitive pricing policy and enlightened selection of changing guest beers, attracts plenty of cask ale drinkers thus ensuring a timely consumption of the goods on offer. It also shows a bar doesn’t have to be of the traditional ‘Olde Worlde’ ilk in order to win awards or, more importantly, provide a good experience for the customers.

Previous: n/a (2013), Bawn Lodge, Hoole (2011); Royal Oak, Wrexham (2010); Bridge Inn, Boughton (2009); n/a (2008); Nag's Head, Lavister (2007); Peal o'Bells, Holt (2006)