2017 Nottingham LocAle Pub of the Year


The annual LocAle Pub of the Year is now in its fifth year and the 2017 winner is the Star, Beeston.
There are 162 local pubs that have received LocAle accreditation (they are required to stock a locally brewed beer or cider and the beer/cider quality has to be at least of good quality).
Each edition of Nottingham Drinker features a selection of the pubs, based on geographical location, and the public are invited to nominate two pubs from each area to produce twelve finalists. This year the finalists were:
· White Lion, Swingate
· Gate Inn, Awsworth
· Victoria Hotel, Beeston
· Star, Beeston
· Frame Breakers, Ruddington
· Poppy & Pint
· Robin Hood (and) Little John, Arnold
· Bread & Bitter, Mapperley Plains
· King William IV, Sneinton
· Vat & Fiddle
· Embankment Pub & Dispensary
· Sir John Borlase Warren

Judges visit the pubs throughout June and July awarding scores for the quality and the range of locally produced beers and ciders.
“As one would expect the finalists were all high quality pubs – having already won through from the preliminary round and the winner therefore had to be outstanding” stated Mick Courtney, LocAle Officer, Nottingham CAMRA “
The owner of the Star commented "Thank you to our customers and to our staff. The best 3 1/2 years we've had. It's been nice to be recognised. Thank you also to Camra for their support."
The prestigious award is to take place at the Star, Beeston on Wednesday 9th August at 8pm. As it is now 10 years since Nottingham CAMRA launched the initiative, it would be good to see a fitting turnout at the Star.

Nottingham CAMRA IPA Hop

The 4th Nottingham CAMRA IPA Hop gets under way on Friday 4th August and runs until Wednesday 31st. 46 pubs are involved this year and full details of these are available in the forthcoming edition of the Nottingham Drinker
Please remember to drink responsibly, and don’t drink and drive.

Nottinghamshire Pub of the Year

Just Beer has just been voted overall CAMRA Nottinghamshire pub of the year. The Micropub in Newark has been a regular winner of awards since opening. Congratulations.

BeerHeadZ Nottingham

Phil Ayling, a business partner behind behind BeerHeadZ Grantham and Retford plus Just Beer, Newark has submitted a license application to the Council for the Cabman’s Shelter which is part of Nottingham Railway Station.
An objection has been overruled after the objector didn’t even turn up to the hearing!
Subsequently, BeerHeadZ have announced plans for further ventures in Lincoln and Donacster.

Nottingham Robin Hood Beer and Cider Festival 2017


Tickets are now available for this years festival.  They can be purchased online or from the Tourist information in Nottingham City centre.

Details can be found on the festival website at the following link:


The staffing pages for this years festival are also now open.  Head over to http://beerfestival.nottinghamcamra.org/Volunteer_to_Help/Index.html for details and staffing form.

Mild Trail Updates

Miners Return - Kimberley

Unfortunately The Miners Return in Kimberley will not be taking part in this years Mild Trail, however as they are listed on the trail, they have agreed to give out a sticker when any beer on the bar is purchased.

Horse and Groom - Basford

We have been informed that while the Horse and Groom is not listed on the Mild Trail, they will have a mild on the bar, and can be entered as a lucky dip.  This is an oversight on our behalf, and Nottingham CAMRA apologise to the pub for this.

They have advised us that the rumours of the pub closing are rubbish, and they are still open for business and would love to see customers old and new.

Nottingham CAMRA Pub of the Year 2017


Pub of the Year 2017 Winner

Congratulations to The Poppy and Pint in West Bridgford, winning the Nottingham CAMRA Pub of the Year for 2017.

The former British Legion club in the Lady Bay area of Nottingam combines good beer, great atmosphere and a fantastic community hub into a spacious and diverse pub.

Well done to James and all his staff for making the Poppy and Pint a welcoming oasis in the heart of West Bridgford.


Village Pub of the Year 2017

Congratulations to the Round RobINN in East Leake, retaining the Village Pub of the Year award that they won in 2016.

The Round RobINN is a vibrant micro pub in the heart of East Leake, serving cask ales on gravity along with a varied choice of ciders, bottled beers, wine and spirits.

Congratulations go to Rachel and Darren and all of their staff for their hard work.


Nottingham CAMRA Cider Pub of the Year 2017

Nottingham Campaign For Real Ale (CAMRA) has announced its “Cider Pub of the Year 2017”. Nominated pubs in the Nottingham area are judged on a number of criteria, which include cider quality, warmth of welcome and general mix of clientele amongst other considerations. The Nottingham finalist now goes forward to be judged in the Nottinghamshire round of the Competition.

We are pleased to announce that this years winner is Doctors Orders.

Huge congratulations to the manager Dan Hancocks, supervisor Ella Whitworth, all the staff at the pub, & of course Magpie Brewery.

Well done to every pub nominated for judging & do continue the good work.

Pub of The Year 2017

Nottingham Campaign For Real Ale (CAMRA) has this weekend announced its “Pub of the Year 2017”. Nominated pubs in the Nottingham area are judged on a number of criteria, which include beer quality, warmth of welcome and general mix of clientele amongst other considerations. The Nottingham finalist now goes forward to be judged in the Nottinghamshire round of the Competition.

This year we again decided to select two winners to reflect the mix between the Urban area, including the city centre, and Village pubs, this gives a fairer spread and allows the village pubs not to be forgotten.

Urban/City and Overall winner: Poppy and Pint,  Pierrepont Road, West Bridgford.
Former British Legion Club converted in 2011 to become a Castle Rock pub and café. It has a large main bar with a raised area and a family area (children welcome until 9pm) with a café bar, all with a homely, welcoming feel. A large upstairs function room features a folk club and other local events, and the beer garden overlooks a bowling green and tennis courts. 12 handpumps dispense the Castle Rock beers plus guests, often from new breweries. There are usually 2 real ciders and excellent food is served.

Runner up Urban / City: White Lion, Swingate.

Third Place:  Robin Hood (AND) Little John, Arnold.

Village winner: The Round Robinn, 54 Main St, East Leake, LE12 6PG. Micropub opened October 2015, serving six local beers on gravity. Seating is a mixture of chairs, cushioned benches and high stools, with the single room accommodating up to 45 patrons. Food is restricted to light bar snacks. Continental bottled beers available.

Runner up Village: Frame Breakers, Ruddington.

Third Place: The Gate Inn, Main St, Awsworth.

Nottingham CAMRA Branch Chairman Steve Westby says “At a time when pubs continue to close at a frightening rate it is pleasing that our volunteer panel of judges found that the quality of our remaining local pubs was, if anything, better than ever. The Poppy and Pint is particularly to be commended, as it is a true example of a thriving community pub. James Halfpenny and his team do a splendid job in creating a successful, popular pub offering an outstanding range of quality beers in a friendly atmosphere. The winner of the Village category, The Round Robinn in East Leake, takes this award for the second consecutive year. It only opened less than two years ago and quickly demonstrated how a small micro-pub can quickly become a thriving asset to the local community.”

Notes to editors

  • Presentation evening will be held at Poppy and Pint on Thurs 6th April.
  • Presentation evening will be held at Round Robinn on Fri 7th April.
  • Pub descriptions taken from What Pub website.
  • Urban / City pubs are those in the larger conurbations and Village pubs are those in village and/or rural communities.

Champion Beer of Nottinghamshire

The 5th Champion Beer of Nottinghamshire was once again held at the Canalhouse from 23rd to 25th February, and a fantastic range of beer was on offer.  Congratulations to Blue Monkey, as Guerilla Chocolate Amaretto was crowned the Champion Beer of Nottinghamshire.

Congratulations also go to the runners up, they are:

Blue Monkey                                   Infinity
Idle Valley                                       Vacant Gesture
Kings Clipstone                              Moonbeam
Lenton Lane                                   Atlas Stout
Nottingham                                     Supreme
Scribblers                                       Harry Potter & the Goblet of Ale
Springhead                                     Outlawed
Totally Brewed                                Guardians of the Forest

Shipstones returns to Basford

A quarter of a century ago, Nottingham CAMRA launched its biggest and most expensive campaign ever to try and save Shipstones Brewery.  The SOS campaign (Save ouor Shipstones) was hugely popular, not just in Nottingham but also further afield - we even were given the opportunity to discuss the issue in a committee room in the House of Parliament.  Buses carried advertising banners SOS - Save our Shipstones, and thousands signed up to the SOS club which came complete with a membership card.

Like all campaigns to save a brewery, it was doomed to fail but that did not stop the branch campaigning hard.  The campaign was championed by the late Stewart Argyle and Spyke Golding.

When Richard Neale acquired the Shipstones name and original brews we welcomed what he was doing but stressed that until he moved into Nottingham it would always seem a little bit "fake".  We are pleased to announce that Shipstones has come home (sorry about the pun), and now we have a new old brewery in our branch area.

Award of Excellence to local brewer

Anthony Hughes of Lincoln Green Brewery has been given an Award of Excellence from Nottingham CAMRA.  The award is normally reserved for pubs and the people who run them, but have chosen to make an exception in Anthony’s case, acknowledging all his efforts since establishing the brewery in 2012.
Nottingham CAMRA chairman Steve Westby said: “In the short time that Anthony has been involved in the industry he was quickly established a reputation for fairness.  His forward thinking, motivation and positive outlook on real ale brewing in Nottingham made him an obvious candidate to receive this award.”
Lincoln Green Brewery is based at the Wigwam Lane enterprise in Hucknall and operate two pubs in Nottingham: the Robin Hood and Little John in Arnold, and the Sir John Borlase Warren in Canning Circus.
Anthony started the brewery in his Mapperley garage following a redundancy from his retail career and a period of job hunting, and success has flowed freely ever since.
Anthony’s award-winning activities are the Micro vs Macro event at the Robin Hood, where people were asked to sample five locally brewed beers, and five national beers in a blind tasting test.  The pub also hosted a Champion Beers of Britain 2007-16 event bringing together a decade of the best in British brewing. Anthony’s contribution to the regional scene included a tasting tour of Canning Circus pubs as part of the Nottingham Robin Hood Beer Festival fringe in September 2016. He has engaged with local charities and good causes too, brewing up the Weirdy Beardy ale for bowel cancer charity campaign in 2014 and working with Ray Blockley on the Community Cider Press in aid of the Combat Stress Charity. The Thoresby Brass Band also enjoyed Anthony’s support when he created the Final Countdowns ale.

Read more at: http://www.hucknalldispatch.co.uk/news/award-for-hucknall-brewery-boss-who-champions-industry-1-8365955




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