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IMAG8859CAMRA has named the best four pubs in the country as part of it’s Pub of the Year 2017 competition, one of the most respected and well-known pub awards in the UK.
Two rival pubs from the North West have made the list this year - Wigan Central in Wigan and the Cricketers in St Helens. Wigan Central boasts a unique railway-themed interior and sources real ale from all over, with continental bottled beers displayed in a ‘beer library’. The Cricketers is a friendly, local community pub saved from closure just four years ago that boasts 13 handpumps on the bar and runs beer festivals and jam nights throughout the year.
A presentation for reaching the final 4 will be taking place in the Cricketers on Sat 18th Nov from 3pm.
Both of these pubs are easily accessible by train using the Northern Rail service from Lime Street to Preston, which runs on an hourly basis Mon – Sat departing Lime Street at 28 minutes past the hour during the day but other slower, stopping services are also available.
Also among the finalists is the Weavers Real Ale House in Kidderminster, a relatively new, one-room micropub. It serves eight real ales and four ciders and perries on handpump and has six craft beers on tap. Finally, also in the running, for the second year in a row, is the Stanford Arms in Lowestoft, East Anglia. A thriving, traditional back-street pub, the Stanford Arms serves mainly local beers and ciders, and boasts live music at the weekends.
All of the pubs in the competition are selected by CAMRA volunteers and judged on their atmosphere, decor, welcome, service, value for money, customer mix and most importantly – quality of beer.
The finalists will now have a chance to win the National title, to be announced in February 2018.
The competition co-ordinator, Andrea Briers, said: “All of these pubs should be very proud of themselves for reaching this stage in the competition. It is a huge honour to be considered one of the top four pubs across the country. While each of these pubs offers something unique to their visitors, they all share the foundation of what makes a great pub - a warm and welcoming atmosphere, excellent service and a fantastic range of beers.”

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Merseyside POTY 2017

Congratulations to Cricketers Arms, St Helens for winning Merseyside Pub of the Year 2017. Certificate presented by Doug Macadam, Merseyside Coordinator


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Other Pub News

After many years of not doing so, a city centre pub is now selling real ale once again. The Old Post Office off School Lane, near the Bluecoat, has re-activated the three handpulls. On a recent visit, Robinson’s Dizzy Blonde and Sharp’s Doom Bar were on offer.

17 Old Post Office Place, L1 3DH



Having recently reported that the Belvedere is no longer using lined (over-sized) glasses, we have now had some more positive news that The Corner Post in Crosby has started using them earlier this month.

25 Bridge Road, Crosby, L23 6SA



The Old Blind School closed suddenly last week with a sign being placed in the window stating that they were ‘closed until further notice’. Since then, the owners (Carrwood), have stated that the venue had to close temporarily due to an equipment failure in the kitchen which meant that they were unable to serve food.

A spokesperson stated that the company was also taking the opportunity to refurbish the restaurant and hoped to reopen within four weeks.

The Old Blind School, 24 Hardman Street, Liverpool, L1 9AX



The Old Bank in Waterloo is now regularly selling White Rat from Rat Brewery. They now join CASK and The Dispensary as regular stockists.

The Old Bank, 34 South Road, Waterloo, L22 5PE



Although outside our area, I think it is worth mentioning that The Cricketers Arms in St Helens has once again been named as Merseyside CAMRA Pub of the Year. They will now progress to the next round of the competition, the Regional POTY, and go up against the Cheshire POTY, which is the Tap & Bottle in Knutsford.

Peter Street, St Helens WA10 2EB


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Trip to the Cricketers Arms, St Helens

IMAG0945(Regional Pub and Cider Pub of the Year 2015)
The trip to this multi-award winner coincides with their Spring Beer and Cider Festival. 23 beers will be on handpull throughout and there will be 10 real ciders from more unusual suppliers. Wristbands will cost £30 and will include transport from Liverpool (approx 30 mins on a coach), food and your alcoholic drinks for the duration of the trip.

To book, please go to the Members Weekend Website

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Merseyside POTY 2014

Liverpool Pigeon has gone forward to the Merseyside POTY along with:

Southport & West Lancs, Freshfield, Formby

St Helens, Cricketers Arms

Wirral, Fox & Hounds, Barnston

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