Greater Manchester CAMRA
Pubs and Charity
The Pubs & Charity campaign is the second of four initiatives that CAMRA is running in 2013 as part of our national promotion to ‘To raise the profile of pub-going and increase the number of people using pubs regularly.
Pubs raise in excess of £100 million a year for charities and CAMRA will be working hard to spread this message in July. Working with PubAid, we will also announce new research to the media to raise the profile of the pub industry’s charity work and also highlight some great case studies of what pubs have done in the past. If you run a pub and would like to be considered as one of these case studies please visit www.communitypubscampaign.org.uk/casestudies.
We are asking pubs to organise charity events throughout July and advertise them for free on this website. We have also produced free promotional packs for pubs to advertise to their customers what they have planned and brand the pub up to show they are participating in this campaign.
All Good Beer Guide 2013 pubs will automatically receive a pack, as will any pub who highlighted they would like to take part in this campaign when they signed up for April’s Community Pubs Month.
If you have not signed up for this campaign then just visit www.communitypubscampaign.org.uk/registration today. Packs will be sent out late May /early June.
Salutation Hotel Hulme Under Threat
The Salutation Hotel in Hulme is under threat. Pub has been under the very successful management of the Trof Group for the past year but t hey have announced that freehold owners Manchester Metropolitan University are closing the pub on 30th June.
Join this group to support the Salutation.
Pub Companies and Tenants Consultation
All pub goers are encouraged to take part in the government consultation on the relationship between Pub Companies and their tenants / lessees.
The government states it is keen to support a thriving and diverse pubs sector, saying that there have been longstanding and serious
concerns raised about the relationship between large pub companies and their tenants. The government is consulting on proposals to establish
a Statutory Code and an independent Adjudicator for the pubs sector to govern the relationship between large pub companies and their tenants.
Visit the GOV.UK - Pub companies and tenants consultation site and complete the online consulatation response form. NOTE the consultation ends on 14 June 2013.
Greater Manchester Region Cricket Match
CAMRA Greater Manchester branches are holding the first ever inter branch cricket match on Saturday 27th July 2013.
The match is to be held at the Broughton Cricket and Rugby Club, Yew Tree Road, M7 2HL.
Each CAMRA Greater Manchester branch is invited to submit a team of, up to 11 players for a 20 ball game of 4 overs of 5 balls in a knockout tournament.
There will have a hog roast, a bar-B-Q set up with great local beers on hand pull (all at cost).
This is a fun day for all of the family!
All branches are invited to register their branch's interest please contact Beverley Gobbett at email@example.com.
If you are a member of a branch but do not normally get involved please get in touch with your local branch contact I am sure they will be interested in getting all the cricketing help they can!
Bev is also looking for people to help organise the event on the day.
Let’s make event a success and something we can consider holding on a annual basis.
New Brew Pub in Lymm
Dunham Massey Brewery has applied for and got planning permission for a new brew pub in Lymm.
The brew pub be called ‘The Lymm Brewing Company’ and will be on the site of the former Lymm post office (18, Bridgewater Street, Lymm, Cheshire, WA13 0AB).
This will be a satellite company of Dunham Massey Brewery (Dunham Massey Brewery trading as The Lymm Brewing Company) and do about 2 brews per week. Dunham Massey Brewery have done a trial brew for this new brew pub, which has been on sale at Costellos Bar (the Dunham Massey Brewery Tap), I think the new brew is called Lymm Beer. There is a different water supply in Lymm to Dunham Massey, so John Costello has had tests done on the water to ensure the supply is good enough to use for brewing.
If there is a large demand for any of the Lymm Brewing Company brews then they may get brewed at Dunham Massey Brewery, likewise some of the smaller brews that Dunham Massey Brewery currently do might get brewed at Lymm Brewing Company. John Costello will be the Lymm brewer, though he will continue to oversee the Dunham Massey Brewery operation.
There is an article about this in the Warrington Guardian:- www.warringtonguardian.co.uk.
Greater Manchester's Best Pubs Named
Local award winners from CAMRA's eight Greater Manchester Branches to be judged to select Regional Champions, with sixteen pubs in the running for prestigious CAMRA Greater Manchester regional titles.
The region has confirmed the names of the finalists in the annual competitions to be named CAMRA's Greater Manchester Pub of The Year for 2013 and Cider Pub Of The Year 2013. Each has already beaten off competition to be named branch champions by the eight branches of the consumer organisation within Greater Manchester.
The pubs in the running for the Pub Of The Year title have tough competition as they are up against CAMRA's National Pub Of The Year, The Baum in Rochdale, which took the title of Greater Manchester Pub Of The Year 2012 on route to being named the best pub in Britain earlier this year. Having seen off local and national completion last year, the Rochdale, Oldham and Bury branch have chosen the Toad Lane pub as their local winner for the second year in a row.
The pubs taking on The Baum include a Victorian station bar, a thriving community local and two pubs owner by local microbrewers. The Stalybridge Station Refreshment Rooms is the winner from CAMRA's High Peak branch and is the first award for new owner Mike Field who took on the bar in October following the death of long time owner John Hesketh. North Manchester Branch have put forward The Park Hotel in Monton, a 1970s Joseph Holt house which retains a traditional multi-room layout around a central bar while microbrewers Allgates and Dunham Massey Brewing Company will be hoping they can triumph with the latter's Costello's Bar in Altrincham being up against the Wigan brewers' Jolly Nailor in Atherton.
With the growth in the popularity of traditional cider in recent years, the competition for the Cider Pub Of The Year is no less strong. In parallels with the Pub Of The Year Competition, there is also a station bar in the running for the cider award with East Lancashire Railway's Trackside bar at their Bury station being named winner by its local branch. Although you would expect great beer in a brewery tap, you may not a great cider as well but one of the cider finalists is Bank Top Brewery Tap in Astley Bridge, Bolton. They will be up against pub company JD Wetherspoon whose Thomas Burke in Leigh has been chosen by South East Lancashire branch.
The final eight pubs in each competition will now be assessed by teams of "secret shopper" judges who will visit each of the pubs over the next two months and give scores against a range of criteria including how welcoming and efficient the staff are, the atmosphere and decor, whether the pub gives customers good value and of course quality of their beer (or cider). CAMRA believes that pubs remain important centres of community life so pubs are marked against how inclusive they are, whether they support local events and sports teams and whether they give a sense of pub belonging to the people and the local community.
John O'Donnell, spokesman for Greater Manchester CAMRA, said "The branch and regional Pub Of The Year competitions recognise excellence in the local pub trade. With pubs suffering from the government's ever increasing beer taxes and ruthless competition from supermarkets leading to 16 pubs closing across Britain every week, the awards are a welcome opportunity to highlight just some of the excellent community pubs in our area. Despite hard times, Manchester can be proud of how historic traditional pubs successfully rub shoulders with modern bars and this is reflected in the diversity of the pubs who have made it to the regional competition this year.".
The finalists for Greater Manchester Pub Of The Year are:
Bolton Branch: The Victoria & Albert, 114 Lee Lane, Horwich, Bolton, BL6 7AF
High Peak Branch: Stalybridge Station Refreshment Rooms (Buffet Bar), Ramsbottom Street, Stalybridge, SK15 1RF
North Manchester Branch: Park Hotel, 142 Monton Road, Monton, Eccles, M30 9QD
Rochdale, Oldham & Bury Branch: The Baum, 33-37 Toad Lane, Rochdale.
South East Lancashire Branch: Jolly Nailor, 20 Market Street, Atherton, M46 0DN
Stockport & South Manchester Branch: The Nursery, Green Lane, Stockport, SK4 2NA
Trafford & Hulme Branch: Costello's, Goose Green, Altrincham, WA14 1DW
Wigan Branch: The Berkeley, 27-29 Wallgate, Wigan, WN1 1LD
The finalists for Greater Manchester Cider Pub Of The Year are:
Bolton Branch: The Bank Top Brewery Tap, 68-70 Belmont Road, Astley Bridge, BL1 7AN
High Peak Branch: White House, 1 Water Street, Stalybridge, SK15 2AG
North Manchester Branch: Bar Fringe, 8 Swan Street, Manchester, M4 4NQ
Rochdale Oldham & Bury Branch: Trackside, East Lancashire Railway, Bolton Street Station, Bury, BL9 0EY
South East Lancashire: Thomas Burke, 20A Leigh Road, Leigh, WN7 1QR
Stockport and South Manchester Branch: The Railway, 1 Avenue Street, Stockport, SK1 2BZ
Trafford & Hulme Branch: Font Bar, 7-9 Wakefield Street. M1 5NP
Wigan Branch: The Masons Arms, 99 Carr Mill Road, Chadwick Green, Billinge, WN5 7TY
Great British Beer Festival Tickets Now on Sale!
The Great British Beer Festival (GBBF) next year will, again be held Olympia, in London, running from Tuesday 13th August 2013 to Saturday 17th August 2013.
Following last year’s success, the Great British Beer Festival will again take place at London Olympia. 55,000 people are expected to visit the festival over the five days and with more than 800 real ales, ciders, perries and foreign beers to choose from in Olympia’s Grand and National Halls, GBBF 2013 expects to be even bigger and better than last year!
The new GBBF website is now up and running and will develop over the next four months.
A new feature on the website is ‘Picture of the Week’. CAMRA will place a picture up from last year’s event on www.gbbf.org.uk/competitions and if you spot yourself then fill out the form at the bottom of the page to prove it is you and we will allocate you a free pair of tickets.
We look forward to seeing you there.
Great British Beer Festival tickets are now on sale and can be bought by visiting www.gbbf.org.uk/tickets or calling 0844 412 4640.
As a CAMRA member you will receive a £2 discount plus an additional £2 discount if you buy in advance meaning a daily ticket costs just £8.
Visit the new GBBF website and stand a chance of winning free tickets!
Visit www.gbbf.org.uk for full details.
WhatPub Now Lists 32,000 Pubs Serving Real Ale!
Thousands of volunteers have been visiting pubs, and close to 32,000 pubs serving real ale are now listed. The 'WhatPub' website aims to become the best, most comprehensive online pub listing which all pub-lovers can use and enjoy.
While we are listing 86% of all the pubs in the UK serving real ale we need YOUR help to ensure these listings are as complete and accurate as possible. What better time to get involved than in Community Pubs Month?
We know that we must continue to develop and improve the site and with the help and support of members like you we can make this the best pub website in Britain.
How you can view and review..... Logging in to WhatPub
Visit whatpub.com and log in with either:
The same details you use to visit the Members Area of CAMRA’s national website.
If you have not visited the Members Area of CAMRA’s national website before, then please try your CAMRA membership number (which will be 6 digits – if it is less, please use the leading zeros e.g 001234) and postcode when you joined the Campaign (upper case, no spaces e.g. AL44LW).
If none of these seem to be working, please email firstname.lastname@example.org with an email titled ‘Membership Password for WhatPub’, your name and membership number and CAMRA will get back to you as soon as they can.
Submitting Updates to Pub Data
Enter a pub that you would like to view in the search field – pubs can be searched by pub name, town, station, post code etc e.g. Mermaid St Albans.
If there is some information missing, or you feel needs improving/updating then click on the red button ‘Add/Edit Details’ at the top right of the page.
You will be taken to a Pub Feedback form that will allow you to submit additional information and recommend changes.
This information will be sent to the appropriate CAMRA branch and updated. Please be patient as these branch officials are volunteers and will try their best to update the site with your suggestions as soon as they can.
Find a Cider Pub in Greater Manchester
In due course the "Cider Pubs In Greater Manchester " webpage will list all the pubs and clubs within the Greater Manchester region that sell real cider or perry.
At the moment this is a work in progress.
Beer Duty Escalator Scrapped
CAMRA, the Campaign for Real Ale, responds to the abolition of the Beer Duty Escalator:
Mike Benner, CAMRA Chief Executive said,“This is a momentous day for Britain's beer drinkers, who will tonight be raising a glass to the Chancellor for axing this damaging tax escalator and helping keep pub-going affordable for hard-pressed consumers. This decision will keep the lid on the cost of a pint down the pub.” “Since the duty escalator was introduced in 2008, 5,800 pubs have been forced to call last orders for good. What could have been the final nail in the coffin for our pubs has been decisively avoided by the Chancellor in a move that will spark celebration in pubs across the UK.” “Scrapping the beer duty escalator, combined with a 1p cut, is a massive vote of confidence in British pubs and will lead to an increase in pub going and more money in the Chancellor’s coffers.” “Today’s decision is a huge triumph for CAMRA’s pub campaigners who have been building overwhelming public support for a fair deal for beer and pubs, pub by pub and beer festival by beer festival. Over 108,000 consumers signed an e-petition and more than 8,000 consumers have written to their MP calling for a fair deal for beer and pubs. A Mass Lobby Day organised by CAMRA saw over 200 MPs meet with their constituents who highlighted the severe damage caused by the escalator.”
Manchester Beer & Cider Festival
As you will be aware the CAMRA Greater Manchester Branches are now looking forward to creating a new Manchester beer and cider festival which we hope will share in the success of National Winter Ales Festival (NWAF) in Manchester.
The venue will be Manchester Velodrome and the dates for the festival are :
Set up proposed to commence Sat 18th January 2014 Festival open Wednesday 22nd January to Saturday 25th January 2014 Take down is Sunday 26th January 2014.
You can register your interest in volunteering for the new festival by completing a Staff Survey, please find below a link to the survey which
will only take a few moments of your time.
NWAF Staff Survey.
Can you please complete the survey by 30th April 2013 latest to register your initial interest so we can contact you again with further details when available. If you completed a staff survey at NWAF we already have your contact details, thank you, and will contact you in due course.
The NWAF festival will continue in Derby from 2014 and will be in February - so there will be no problem with dates clashing!
We look forward to hearing from you
Manchester Beer & Cider Festival Staffing
Trafford and Hulme Pub of the Year
Costello's bar, Dunham Massey's Brewery Tap, is Trafford & Hulme’s Pub of The Year for 2013.
The award will be presented on Thursday, 16th May, from 8pm.
Costello’s bar can be found at: 18 Goose Green, Altrincham, Cheshire, WA14 1 DW.
The Baum is Crowned CAMRA’s National Pub of the Year
The Baum in Rochdale has been crowned the best pub in Britain by CAMRA.
CAMRA’s National Pub of the Year competition recognises all the criteria that make a great pub, including atmosphere, decor, welcome, service, value for money, customer mix, but most importantly, the quality of the beer.
The building, which sits next door to the Pioneers Museum, which is the original Co-op store, has only been a pub for around 30 years and was converted from Morris’s Hardware Store in the 1980’s.
Simon Crompton, one of the owners, started work in The Baum in 1993 and became manager in 1994. In 2005, Simon and his wife Heidi, who co-owns the business, bought the pub just two days after having their first child.
On hearing the news, Heidi Crompton said, “We were ecstatic to hear that we had been voted CAMRA’s National Pub of the Year. We
are very proud of the team that have played an important role in The Baum’s success and it is a testament to their hard work that the consumers
have recognised our pub with this prestigious award.”
Heidi continued, “We are a family run pub with our values influencing every aspect of the business in relationships with our staff and suppliers. We are dedicated to the ‘buy local, shop local’ initiative, always willing to support independent businesses. The support from the regular customers and local CAMRA members is valued and we would like to thank everyone for their continued support.”
CAMRA’s Good Beer Guide 2013 describes the pub as “A split-level hostelry with old world charm next door to the world’s first co-operative store. The Baum has eight handpumps, one dedicated to cider, and a large variety of continental bottled beers. Excellent food includes vegetarian dishes, with a tapas menu available throughout the week. There is an upstairs dining / function room. The large rear garden, over looked by a conservatory, contains two full-size pétanque pistes.”
Why not visit the Baum website?
The three other finalists were:
Bridge End Inn, Ruabon, Wales
Conqueror Alehouse, Ramsgate, Kent
Tom Cobley Tavern, Spreyton, Devon
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