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Greater Manchester CAMRA Pub of the Year 2013 – Judging Underway

CAMRA - The Campaign For Real AleReliable sources inform me that judging has begun to determine which pub will be named the Greater Manchester CAMRA Regional Pub of the Year 2013.

The winners in each of the eight CAMRA districts of Greater Manchester were announced a few weeks ago and a panel of judges will be visiting each one to assess their suitability to be put forward for CAMRA’s national Pub of the Year 2013 Award.

The Greater Manchester winner will be announced in Autumn and will be put forward as one of sixteen contenders for the National Pub of the Year award and named the Best Pub in Britain.

The 2012 CAMRA Pub of the Year was of course won by The Baum in Rochdale. Hopefully this year’s award, which will be announced early next year, will be won by one of the following fine establishments.

Click the branch name for the branch website (where available), the name of the pub for the pub’s website (or further info) and the post-code for a link to Google Maps.

Bolton Branch
Victoria and Albert, 114 Lee Lane, Horwich, Bolton, BL6 7AF

High Peak and NE Cheshire
Stalybridge Station Buffet Bar, Rassbottom Street, Stalybridge, Cheshire, SK15 1RF

North Manchester Branch
The Park Hotel, 142 Monton Road, Monton, Eccles, M30 9QD

Rochdale Oldham and Bury Branch
The Baum, 33-37 Toad Lane, Rochdale, Lancs, OL12 0NU

South East Lancashire Branch
The Jolly Nailor, 20 Market Street, Atherton, M46 0DN

Stockport and South Manchester Branch
No pub entered – After the result was made public, the branch POTY had a sudden change of landlord and the pub therefore became ineligible to continue further.

Trafford and Hulme Branch
Costello’s Bar, 19 Goose Green, Altrincham, Cheshire, WA14 1DW

Wigan Branch
The Berkeley, 27-29 Wallgate, Wigan, WN1 1LD

Looks to me like a pretty epic pub crawl in the making there. Seven pubs in a day – anyone up for it? If you do decide to attempt the feat and happen to write a blog post or upload any photos from the session, please feel free to give yourself a shout out in the comments.


    • Right then, John Clarke of Stockport & South Manchester CAMRA tells me that it was the Nursery in Heaton Norris, but the manager – whose efforts had mainly led to the pub winning the award – left suddenly, just a couple of days before the POTY presentation.

      Ordinarily CAMRA would have transferred the award to the runner-up (the Arden Arms) but the Nursery’s win had already been publicised in Opening Times and the local press.

      They have therefore left the Nursery “on the table” as their Pub of the Year but have not presented the award and nor did they enter it into the regional judging.

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