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GBG Launch

GBG 2018 cvr 5 1Please join us and Roger Protz (editor of the GBG) at the Roscoe Head for the Good Beer Guide (GBG) launch at 4pm on 19th September. 

Roscoe is one of the 5 pubs who have been in all editions.

Please see press release for further details

rosecoe headThe Roscoe Head is one of just five pubs to be listed in 45 editions of the Good Beer Guide
· The Guide announces eight new breweries in Merseyside & Cheshire
· The Cricketers in St Helens is named one of the UK’s Top 16 pubs according to CAMRA
As CAMRA unveils the 45th edition of the Good Beer Guide it congratulates the Roscoe Head in Liverpool for the outstanding achievement of being listed in every single Guide, demonstrating a consistent high standard of quality beer served in a fantastic setting.
The Roscoe Head joins just four other pubs from across the country to make the ranks of the “famous five”, which includes the Star Tavern and the Buckingham Arms in London, the Square & Compass in Dorset and the Queen’s Head in Cambridge. The Roscoe Head will be awarded for its achievement at an event open to the press on Tuesday 19 September at 4pm, which will be attended by Good Beer Guide Editor Roger Protz.
The Roscoe Head has been commemorated for serving a huge range of real ale and homemade food. The pub, which has been in the same family for over 30 years, was named after William Roscoe, a leading campaigner against the slave trade.
Roger Protz, who will be stepping down as Editor of the Good Beer Guide after 24 years says: “Huge congratulations are in order for the Roscoe Head, which has been listed in every single Good Beer Guide for the past 45 years. This is a great achievement which highlights the pub’s dedication to serving well-kept quality real ales over the decades.”

To be listed in CAMRA’s Good Beer Guide is a high accolade for a pub. The Guide is based entirely on personal recommendations made by local CAMRA members, which are rigorously reviewed by branches and editors.
Recommendations take into account beer quality as well as the history and architecture of a pub and various aspects such as food, gardens, family and disabled facilities and special events. CAMRA does not take any fees for listings to ensure the guide remains independent and unbiased.

Carol Ross, Manager of the Roscoe Head said: “I’m incredibly proud that the Roscoe Head has been in every single edition, which is a testament to the old fashion high standards that we have held ourselves to over the years. The achievement is shared with my parents who ran the pub before me, who passed on their methods for taking care of quality real ale and maintaining a clean and well-cared for pub.”

CAMRA has also announced it’s Pub of the Year winner for Merseyside, the Cricketers in St Helens. The Cricketers is a friendly local community pub on the edge of the town centre which hosts darts and pool teams, entertainment at the weekend and has 13 handpumps at the bar.

The Cricketers, which is also listed in the Good Beer Guide, will now compete in the next round of the competition hoping to be named one of the four super-regional finalists to stay in with a chance of becoming the overall winner. The final announcement of the National Pub of the Year will take place in early 2018.

The Good Beer Guide app is now available to download from the App Store and Google Play. Users can search for a pub anywhere in the UK using data from over 40,000 pubs, 10,000 beers and 2,000 breweries and subscribe for 99p/month* to access even more features and enhanced search tools.

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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.

P1010155 S

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.

P1010161S

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.

IMG 5120S

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.

P1010180S

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

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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Message from Colin Valentine

CAMRA National Chairman Colin Valentine calls passionately for the Roscoe Head to be saved

“With net pub closures still running at almost 30 a week, we can ill afford to lose thriving pubs at the heart of their community such as the Roscoe Head. As one of only five pubs to have been in every edition of CAMRA's Good Beer Guide, and the only one north of Cambridge, the Roscoe Head holds a special place in the hearts of many thousands of CAMRA member's hearts - and I include myself in that list. I have known Carole for a number of years and get to the Roscoe Head whenever I am in the area - even to the extent of taking two friends from Boston (USA) there one miserable January evening in 2012 when we were based in Manchester. No visit to Liverpool, no matter your reason, is complete without a visit to this most iconic of boozers. Carole's family have successfully run the Roscoe for over 30 years and, if CAMRA have anything to do with it, they will do so for the next 30 years. I would urge directors of the Roscoe's new owners, New River Retail, to travel up from London for a day to find out just much of a community asset the pub is and to meet with Carole with a view to negotiating the sale of the pub to her and her family.”

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Save the Roscoe Head

rosecoe headIMPORTANT MESSAGE CONCERNING THE FUTURE OF THE ROSCOE HEAD
Liverpool and Districts CAMRA Committee met to consider the purchase by New River Retail (NRR) of 158 pubs from Punch Taverns that includes the Roscoe Head and Saddle Inn on Dale Street. 
  • CAMRA representatives met on Wednesday last with Councillor Nick Small who informed us that he is urgently pursuing with Liverpool City Council the registration of the Roscoe Head as an Asset of Community Value (ACV) under the Localism Act. This allows a “cooling off period” when the community can help decide the pub’s future e.g. would they wish to purchase it. We are pleased with Cllr Small’s intervention and urge the Council to move forward with this ACV as quickly as possible. Cllr Small has also instigated a petition at Change.org which has received over 1200 signatures and is currently being disseminated via social media.
  • Carol Ross, the licensee of the Roscoe Head sought on a number of occasions to buy the pub from Punch Taverns and it is regrettable that they now are selling the pub to NRR. We now urge NRR to offer the Roscoe to Carol at an appropriate cost. This will give Carol the opportunity to develop the Roscoe in the way she would wish i.e. as a thriving and successful business. We note the ongoing development in the immediate vicinity and the expansion of student numbers in Liverpool. This can only help support what is already a successful pub. Historically, The Roscoe Head is one of ONLY FIVE PUBS in the whole of Great Britain that have been in EVERY edition of the CAMRA Good Beer Guide. It is an icon and a national treasure.
  • CAMRA agreed a number of action points. Essentially, these will involve a vigorous media campaign involving local, regional and national CAMRA officers. We will be writing to local newspapers and offering interviews on radio and television. We encourage all in Liverpool who care about our pub heritage to sign Cllr Small’s petition. Please also write to your local councillor and Member of Parliament. Councillors and MP’s react strongly when faced by a large volume of correspondence. Write also to the non-Executive Chairman of New River Retail, Paul Roy, urging the company to agree to sell the pub to its long term licensee, Carol Ross. Finally, give your support to other campaigns and protests that may be mounted to save the pub. The local press will have details as they emerge. We note that NRR expects “to deliver exceptional cash on cash returns and attractive capital growth through asset management and development. We are confident that this acquisition will add significant long term value for our shareholders."   We say this is best achieved by retaining the Roscoe as a pub and selling it to Carol. The appropriate solution and the most sensible one for all concerned."
  • Further details of the campaign will be included in the next edition of MerseyAle which will be available in pubs from next week"
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