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Pub of the year

The deadline for nominations for this year's Pub of the Year (POTY) competition has now passed.

The number of votes cast, through various means, is UP from last year.

In no particular order, this year’s shortlist consists of:

1) DISPENSARY, Renshaw Street (City Centre)

2) LIME KILN, Fleet Street (City Centre)

3) FRANK HORNBY, Eastway, Maghull (Suburb)

4) THE GRAPES, Knight Street (City Centre)

5) CASK, Queens Drive, Stoneycroft (Suburb)

The judges have been appointed and informed. As the POTY co-ordinator, it is I who appoints the judges and only I know who they all are. There are more judges than ever before and, for the second year running, some of them are non-committee members to both maintain transparency and to give some local members a flavour of how the competition is administered.

They have until mid-March to visit EACH pub at least TWICE and score each visit and then send their findings into me. They will be using NATIONAL scoring criteria as approved by CAMRA HQ.

The branch POTY will be the one with the highest, overall aggregate score and will be announced officially at the MARCH Get-together on March 22nd and then posted on social media followed by the branch website.

Andre Fu

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Award Evening 2016

LIVERPOOL & DISTRICTS CAMRA AWARD EVENING
Branch Chair Sonia James-Henry reports.
The branch's annual awards evening was held on 28th June. For the first time in many years the ceremony was blighted by inclement weather, fortunately, the KIND centre in the heart of Liverpool is an ‘all weather’ facility and we managed to keep dry and hold the proceedings in the gym.

The first award to be presented this year was for ‘Community Pub of the Year’ and went to a suburban pub in the heart of the original Bootle Village. Tucked away from the hustle and bustle of the main business area the Jawbone serves a great pint of real ale in a pub buzzing with locals chatting over a beer or two.

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Next up was the Cider Pub of the Year, another award for our Pub of the Year – Cask. Presented by our Cider Officer, Steve Berks, it was the quality of the cider that stood out here and the fact that it was sold at a fair price. This one had been kept under wraps and genuinely came as a great surprise to recipients Ian and Michelle.

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The third award was for the best 'newcomer'. This went to Mackenzies on Rodney Street. Manager Gavin had yet to return from Glastonbury, so could not receive the award in person. A number of people did move on to the pub after the awards ceremony had finished, to enjoy the good beer on tap there.

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Brewer of the Year went to Les O’Grady of Neptune Brewery and was presented by our Neptune Brewery Liaison Officer, Sue Daniels. Whilst the brewery has only been open for a fairly short time their Abyss beer has already won two awards – runner up in the Beer of the Festival competition at our own beer festival and the overall winner at the Southport Beer Festival.

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As last year, our Bar Person of the Year went out to the branch for nominations, this year the winner was Joe Power from the Dispensary. Although Joe was not at the ceremony, branch member Bob Doyle, who was one of those who nominated Joe for the award, gave a heartfelt speech praising Joe’s tenacity as a bar man.

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Our LocAle co-ordinator, Andre Fu, presented the next award, to Liverpool’s only brew pub the Baltic Fleet, Andre praised the pub for consistently having a wide range of top quality beer from a variety of local breweries

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Finally, our Pubs of Excellence received their awards, winners of which had been chosen by a branch vote. The pubs recognised this year were, the Roscoe Head, Lime Kiln, Dispensary and the Frank Hornby.

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The overall winner and our Pub of the Year 2016, as previously announced, is of course Cask. Ian and Michelle were on hand to pick up the shield. Ian thanked the branch for their support and his friend, life-long CAMRA member Roy Corlett, for his help in setting up the pub.

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Finally, our 2016 Beer Festival Organiser, Doug Macadam, presented Steve Yip of KIND, our festival chosen charity, with a cheque for £1,400 raised at this year's event in the Crypt. Steve thanked the branch and said this would make a massive difference to the children who use to centre.

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A big thank you to Steve and his staff for their hospitality and congratulations to all our award winners.

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Award Evening 2016

LIVERPOOL & DISTRICTS CAMRA AWARD EVENING
Branch Chair Sonia James-Henry reports.
The branch's annual awards evening was held on 28th June. For the first time in many years the ceremony was blighted by inclement weather, fortunately, the KIND centre in the heart of Liverpool is an ‘all weather’ facility and we managed to keep dry and hold the proceedings in the gym.

The first award to be presented this year was for ‘Community Pub of the Year’ and went to a suburban pub in the heart of the original Bootle Village. Tucked away from the hustle and bustle of the main business area the Jawbone serves a great pint of real ale in a pub buzzing with locals chatting over a beer or two.

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Next up was the Cider Pub of the Year, another award for our Pub of the Year – Cask. Presented by our Cider Officer, Steve Berks, it was the quality of the cider that stood out here and the fact that it was sold at a fair price. This one had been kept under wraps and genuinely came as a great surprise to recipients Ian and Michelle.

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The third award was for the best 'newcomer'. This went to Mackenzies on Rodney Street. Manager Gavin had yet to return from Glastonbury, so could not receive the award in person. A number of people did move on to the pub after the awards ceremony had finished, to enjoy the good beer on tap there.

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Brewer of the Year went to Les O’Grady of Neptune Brewery and was presented by our Neptune Brewery Liaison Officer, Sue Daniels. Whilst the brewery has only been open for a fairly short time their Abyss beer has already won two awards – runner up in the Beer of the Festival competition at our own beer festival and the overall winner at the Southport Beer Festival.

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As last year, our Bar Person of the Year went out to the branch for nominations, this year the winner was Joe Power from the Dispensary. Although Joe was not at the ceremony, branch member Bob Doyle, who was one of those who nominated Joe for the award, gave a heartfelt speech praising Joe’s tenacity as a bar man.

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Our LocAle co-ordinator, Andre Fu, presented the next award, to Liverpool’s only brew pub the Baltic Fleet, Andre praised the pub for consistently having a wide range of top quality beer from a variety of local breweries

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Finally, our Pubs of Excellence received their awards, winners of which had been chosen by a branch vote. The pubs recognised this year were, the Roscoe Head, Lime Kiln, Dispensary and the Frank Hornby.

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The overall winner and our Pub of the Year 2016, as previously announced, is of course Cask. Ian and Michelle were on hand to pick up the shield. Ian thanked the branch for their support and his friend, life-long CAMRA member Roy Corlett, for his help in setting up the pub.

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Finally, our 2016 Beer Festival Organiser, Doug Macadam, presented Steve Yip of KIND, our festival chosen charity, with a cheque for £1,400 raised at this year's event in the Crypt. Steve thanked the branch and said this would make a massive difference to the children who use to centre.

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A big thank you to Steve and his staff for their hospitality and congratulations to all our award winners.

 

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Awards 2014

The Annual Liverpool and Districts CAMRA Awards evening took place at the KIND Centre on a warm July evening. Once again, we were indebted to Steve Yip and his Staff for looking after us and a light buffet plus a variety of beers and ciders from local suppliers was enjoyed by all. In addition to confirming the Branch Pub of the Year and the Pubs of Excellence voted by the Membership, the event seeks to reward licences and individuals who have delivered excellence throughout the year or contributed significantly to local and national campaigns. Occasionally, we reward excellence in campaigning over a longer period by presenting the Tony Molyneux Award that on this occasion went to Steve Downing whose campaigning activities can probably be traced back to the birth of the local Branch in 1974. Numerous anecdotes were shared with the audience by former Branch Chair Kevin Buckley and Steve’s friend and long-standing member, Ken Gellion. Other notable highlights were the presentation of the Roger Kirby Award to Carol Ross for her tireless campaign against unfair practices of major pub companies and the Bar Person of the year Award co-presented by Branch founder member Clive Pownceby to Kitty McNicholas from the Globe in Cases Street.

Liverpool Pigeon: CAMRA Liverpool & Districts Pub of the Year 2014

Pub of Excellence: Dispensary

Pub of Excellence: Belvedere

Jay Smith: Cellarmanship Award

Jim Tyson Cellarmanship Award 

Kitty Mc Nicholas of the Globe: Bar Person of the Year

Steve Hughes receives a special Cider Award for Rosie’s

 Steve Downing: Tony Molyneux Award

Carol Ross: Roger Kirby Award

Community Pub: Volunteer Canteen

Best Live Music Venue Award: The Caledonia

Most Improved Beer Range: Masonic in Garston

Augustus John: Cider Pub of the Year

Crown Hotel: Pub Renaissance Award

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Awards 2015

IMAG4145“The Awards evening is a Celebration of all our Real Ale Pubs and an opportunity to recognise and reward pubs and people that have made a significant contribution to real ale in Liverpool.” With these words Sonia James-Henry, the Chair of Liverpool CAMRA Branch, introduced the 2015 Awards Night.


Best Newcomer Award – the Pen Factory, Hope Street Sonia commented that since opening in December 2015, the Pen Factory had rapidly set high standards for its real ale and for its quality food. The Award was collected by proprietor Paddy Byrne, who after over forty years running the Everyman Bistro and having won a shed load of awards in the process, found it rather touching to now be described as the Best Newcomer ! Sonia also highlighted the loss of a good real ale pub, the James Munroe on Tithbarn Street, which had been in contention for the Best Newcomer Award, but had closed some weeks earlier due, it was reported, to difficulty in making the pub viable given high levels of rent for the building – an all too common story in a climate where pubs nationally are closing at the rate of 29 a week.

Community Pub Award – the Scotch Piper, Lydiate, Lancashire The Award was introduced by Liverpool CAMRA Committee member Sue Daniels, who described how the licensees Phil and Julie had taken on the thatched roofed Piper, the oldest pub in Lancashire, and had not only developed a reputation for the quality of the real ale, but had also enhanced the pub’s contribution to the community. They organised a series of charitable events, gave support to local organisations and continued to host the weekly gathering of motor bikers and the local scouts who ran a burger stall to feed the Hungry Bikers. She commented that when the pub was burgled with major damage done by a major water leak caused by the forced entry, the thieves had left a note apologising for the damage to the pub ! Accepting the Award, Phil and Julie said that the CAMRA Award meant, “a hell of a lot to us.” They were new to the pub business and had set out to put new life into the pub and the Award was a great encouragement to them.


Renaissance Pub - the Pumphouse, Albert Dock. Sonia explained that the Renaissance Award was for a pub that had either introduced real ale in a pub where it was not previously sold, or had greatly improved the quality or the range of the real ales already on offer. The Pumphouse is a Greene King pub which is in a prime location on the Albert Dock, but had been offering only a very limited range of real ales. The pub managers had decided to greatly expand the range of real ales from 3 to 10 hand pumps and to offer beers from breweries beyond the Greene King group, with beers from the likes of Liverpool Organic Brewery, Skinners and Robinsons now appearing regularly. Tracey, Clare, Ryan and Bill from the Pumphouse were in attendance to receive the Award.


LocAle Pub of the Year – Stamps Too, Crosby Liverpool CAMRA LocAle officer Andre Fu, announced the Locale Award, commenting that it was awarded to the pub that had been the first winner of the Award when it was introduced. Since then Stamps Too had consistently promoted LocAles (those brewed within 30 miles of the pub), with LocAles being in the majority of beers on the bar. Licensee Frank received the Award and thanked CAMRA for the hard work they did in promoting pubs and real ale.


Bar Person of the Year Award Kim Broughton, the Baltic Fleet, Wapping This was introduced by CAMRA member Dave Jones and was awarded to Kim Broughton of the Baltic Fleet, Wapping. Dave commended Kim’s personality, attitude and customer service in a role that is the essential interface between the customer and the beers. This is a role which can make or break a pub and the customer experience, leading either to the loss of a customer or a satisfied customer who returns again. The bar person was central to the success of a pub.


Brewer of the Year - Angus Morrison, Wapping Brewery. Angus Morrison had taken over from long time Wapping brewer, the legendary Stan Shaw. This was some challenge, but Angus had risen to it and had also put his own stamp and personality on the Wapping beers. Introducing the Award, Sonia described the Baltic Fleet as a great pub with great Wapping beers which were brewed beneath your feet in the cellar brewery. Accepting the Award, Angus described how it had been a big challenge taking over from Stan, but hoped he had justified the faith placed in him and that customers enjoyed his beers. Angus commented that he loved making beer and that his message was; ‘Drink Beer, Be Happy’.


Real Cider Pub of the Year - the Augustus John, Peach Street off Brownlow Hill, Liverpool University Liverpool CAMRA Cider Officer Steve Berks introduced the Award, which for the fifth time was being awarded to the Augustus John, known to many as the AJ. In addition the AJ had also twice won the CAMRA Regional Cider pub of the year Award, demonstrating the excellent range and quality of the real ciders and perries sold there. The AJ had also worked closely with Liverpool CAMRA in promoting real cider to customers and especially students. The Award was collected by Jim Townson from the AJ.


The Four Liverpool CAMRA Pubs of Excellence 2015 Sonia introduced the four Pubs of Excellence, explaining that these had been the finalists for the Liverpool CAMRA Pub of the Year 2015. They were;

The Dispensary, Renshaw Street – “always offering excellent beer quality”

The Ship and Mitre, Dale Street, “a pub on many people’s itinerary when visiting Liverpool”

The Lime Kiln, Concert Square “a Wetherspoon pub with a range of 12 real ales”
The Pi Bar, Rose Lane, Mossley Hill. A small neighbourhood bar which has been so successful it has had to expand into the shop next door.


The Liverpool Pigeon, Endbutt Lane, Crosby Sonia introduced the Award with the words, “a great little pub with a fantastic atmosphere, excellent beer quality, a varied clientele and also dog friendly. A deserved winner for the second year running” Accepting the Award, licensee Pat Moore said, “it is an honour to win this award for the second year running. It has been an exciting time opening, running and developing the pub. We want to showcase beer and serve it in top condition. We are looking to offer more beers including those from two new local micro breweries. I would also like to thank our staff, Ian and Geoff, for the great contribution they make to the pub.”

 

This article first appeared in Merseyale Autumn 2015

The deadline for the Liverpool and Districts Membership to cast their nominations for pubs to be entered into this year's Pub of the Year (POTY) competition has now passed. The votes have been counted, the short-list drawn up and the judges appointed. The short-list comprises of three city-centre pubs and two from the suburbs - see list below. The judges have been contacted individually and anonymously, and only myself as the competition Coordinator, knows who all the judges are.
They have been given the nationally agreed CAMRA criteria against which the pubs will be assessed. Judges should visit each pub AT LEAST TWICE on different days and at different times of day to get a fair impression of the pub.

The winner of the competition will be formally announced initially on our local Branch website through social media and then again at our Get-Together at the Vernon Arms on Wednesday, 16th March. A formal presentation of the award will be made in April.


• The Dispensary,87 Renshaw Street, L1 2SP
• The Roscoe Head, 24 Roscoe St, L1 2SX
• The Lime Kiln, Concert Square, L1 4NR
• Cask 438 Queens Drive, Stoneycroft, L13 0AR
• The Frank Hornby, Eastway, L31 6BR

Andre Fu - Pub of the Year Co-ordinator

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POTY 2014

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We are pleased to announce the Pub of the Year 2014 for Liverpool & Districts branch is the LIVERPOOL PIGEON on Endbutt Lane, Crosby; the runner-up is the Dispensary followed by the Belvedere.

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The Pigeon opened in mid-October last year and is run as a micro pub, meaning if offers a select range of products. This, of course, includes real ale & real cider but also bottled continental beer, wine and soft drinks. More details about the pub, including current opening hours, can be found on it's website (www.liverpoolpigeon.co.uk) or in the Winter 2013 issue of Merseyale which is available to view and download online . NB: opening hours have changed since the article was published.

In making their decision, the judges were particularly impressed by the range of beers that were on offer both in terms of the brewery and style, often including a dark beer as well as light. The proprietor, Pat Moore, his wife Jacky and barman, Paul are also enthusiastic supporters of locally produced beers alongside those from further afield.

Other positive comments made reference to the commitment made to the pub to support CAMRA aims including using over-sized glasses (only the second pub in our area to do so), not having any keg products on sale and not being afraid to return sub-standard beers rather than serving them to the paying public. And finally, the judges were comforted to be able to go into a pub that is not dominated by televised sport or music and have clean, well maintained toilets.

So congratulations to Pat, Jacky and Paul and here's hoping their innovative venture goes from strength to strength over the coming year as real ale drinkers “flock” to the Pigeon.

Further information on Liverpool Pigeon,including opening times, can be found on What Pub

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POTY 2012

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Pub Of The Year (POTY)

Earlier this year members of the branch were asked to vote for their top 3 POTY pubs.  This was done via a form on the website, an article on Face book and by asking for members vote at the Liverpool Beer Festival.  In total 123 votes were cast.  

Thank you to all those who put their name forward to be a member of the judging panel.  The panel was chosen at random, and consisted of 7 of those members and 1 committee member. 

A scoring system of 3 points for 1st choice, 2 for 2nd choice and 1 for 3rd choice was used to draw up a list of top ten pubs.  From this list the top 5 went forward to be judged against the national POTY criteria.  After which the branch POTY was the Roscoe Head congratulations to Carol Ross and her staff.

Results when judged against national POTY criteria

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Roscoe Head 846.5
Dispensary 834.5
Belvedere 770.5
Lion 765
Ship & Mitre 759

The Roscoe Head now goes forward to judging for the first stage of the Regional Pub of the Year along 3 other regional pubs:-

Gallaghers, Birkenhead (Wirral Branch)
Guest House, Southport (Southport Branch)
Duke of Cambridge, St Helens (St Helen's Branch)
Details of the winner of this round of judging to follow.

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Locale Pub Walk 6th October 2011

locale_logoOn a blustery night in Liverpool a group of about a dozen CAMRA members met in the Dispensary, Liverpool and Districts pub of the year, to explore some of the best pubs in Liverpool and sample some local beers.

The Dispensary is a haven for lovers of dark beers, daring to serve strong, dark stouts which many other pubs shy away from.  Cains mild was once a permanent fixture on the bar, but when Cains stopped brewing mild on a regular basis, Pauline and Dave searched for a ‘dark’ replacement.  After approaching several local breweries it was George Wright who provided the idea beer, a mild produced exclusively for the pub and named ‘Mark’s Mild’ after the Dispensary’s affable bar man Mark.  An excellent starting point for the walk, and thanks to Dave for the talk on LocAle and its importance to licensees and brewers alike.

Next stop was the Roscoe Head, one of only seven pubs to appear in every edition of the Good Beer Guide, and an outlet for another local brewery, Liverpool Organic.  The aptly named ‘William Roscoe’, a floral bitter, can often be found here but this evening I chose ‘Cascade’. Also produced by Liverpool Organic this is a light session beer and ideal for a pub crawl such as this. 

After enjoying the buzz of conversation in the music free Roscoe Head it was time to head to the rather nosier Ye Cracke.  Tucked away down a small side street Ye Cracke is steeped in history and is another outlet for Liverpool Organic. Like the Dispensary, here, you often find stronger beers such as ‘Empire Ale’ a bitter, which at 5.3% may be too much for some, especially on a night like this, but was on excellent form, definitely my beer of the night.

At our next stop, the Caledonia, we met up with Liverpool University’s ‘Real Ale Society’ and were treated to an open mike night from Liverpool and District’s current music pub of the year.  The LocAle on offer here was ‘Hilbre Gold’ from Birkenhead’s award winning Peerless Brewery, unusually, this hoppy golden ale, is vegan, something I have never come across before.  This shows that our local breweries are not afraid to branch out and be adventurous with their beers, very admirable in the current financial climate.

Our Final stop was the Belvedere where we had two locale ales to choose from, Jade again from Liverpool Organic, and Viking from Liverpool Craft.  A relatively new brewery Viking is the first brew from the Liverpool Craft Brewery, although there are more in the pipeline including an excellent winter stout. 

This is just a small sample of the pubs selling real ale, and of the local brewers who brew it.  Check out the LocAle page of this website for further details.  Supporting LocAle (beer which has travelled no more than 30 miles from pub to brewery) is not only environmentally friendly but also helps support the local economy, so try LocAle today, you won’t regret it.
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Pub Awards

On the 19th July we once again held our annual awards ceremony in the beautiful grounds of KIND

The Branches Pub of the of the year and its four runners up were chosen by our members.

The runners up each receive a  'Pub of Excellence' award. 

Then at the May Get-together branch members were asked for nominations for other pubs with suggestions for appropriate awards. In addition to this an award was presented to Augustus John who were voted joint 2nd in the Regional 'Cider Pub of the Year Awards'. 

The awards are as follows, congratulations to all concerned. 

Pub Awards 2011
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Pub of the Year The Dispensary
Pub of Excellence The Lion
Pub of Excellence Vernon Arms
Pub of Excellence Roscoe Head
Pub of Excellence Ship & Mitre
Cider Award Augustus John
Pub of Culture Belvedere
Newcomer Pi Bar
Community Pub Peter Kavanagh
Pub of Live Music Caledonia
Real Ale Renaissance Old Bank, Waterloo
   
Bar Person Award Joe Power, Everyman
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