The Campaign for Real Ale recently announced the shortlist of four finalists for this year’s National Pub of the Year award, including the winner of the Greater Manchester Regional Pub of The Year: The Harewood Arms in Broadbottom.
The competition looks for a number of things in winning pubs – decor, atmosphere, value for money – but it is the quality of the beer that is always most important.
Taken over in 2013, the Green Mill brewery has moved from Rochdale to the cellar of The Harewood Arms and the pub is now essentially a brewery tap. A range of continental bottled beers and a guest handpull cider complement the Green Mill beers. This large open-plan community pub is warmed by open fires, helping to create a friendly atmosphere.
The overall winner will be announced early next year. Fingers crossed for a local winner!