Chris and June Docherty acknowledged for their commitment to real ale

For the past 30 years, Chris and June Docherty have been running renowned pubs and clubs in and around Wigan with the emphasis on real ales. In recognition of this dedication, Wigan CAMRA were proud to present them with their ‘Commitment to Real Ale’ award on 18th October 2016. Fittingly, they were also invited to formally open the 30th…
Source: Wigan CAMRA Pub News

Pub of the Season (Autumn 2016)

At the branch meeting on October 18th, the Crooke Hall Inn was voted Pub of the Season for Autumn 2016. Other nominees were The Hoot in Standish and the Masons Arms in Billinge. The Crooke Hall Inn is no stranger to local CAMRA awards having won ‘Pub of the Year’ in 2013/2014 and ‘Community Pub…
Source: Wigan CAMRA Pub News

The Brook Does It Again

TheBrook JW Lees CaskPubOfYear16Dave Barlow and his team at The Brook, Brooklands have won the JW Lees Cask Ale Pub of the Year Award for 2016. The team wer delighted to regain the title they last won in 2014. This award marks that The Brook has sold the most consistently excellent quality cask ales throughout the whole of the JW Lees estate.

And just to make their day even better they also won the JW Lees Top Cellar award 2016 for selling the most cask ale per square foot of the pubs floor space.

Dave and his team always offer a great welcome to all of their customers so why not go in and congratulate them in person.

Source: Trafford & Hulme

Old Abbey Taphouse goes sustainable

The Old Abbey Inn is a pub which many people have no idea exists. Despite only being a few minutes walk from Oxford Road, it’s location tucked away in the centre of Manchester Science Park has seen it typically only open weekday lunchtimes to serve office workers. However, now the pub has been taken over by a group seeking to make it the heart of a new community.

Roots Kitchen Co-Op is a collective of cooks, foragers, brewers and musicians who launched the renamed Old Abbey Taphouse with a weekend of events in early October, following a two month long refurbishment. Upstairs at the pub hosts to a recording studio & rehearsal room with a well being studio due to open in November.

Food at the pub will be ethical and sustainable – organically grown & reared, traditionally processed, naturally refined without waste minimised. Visitors can expect slow cooked one-pots, seasonal salads, wood fired bakes, sourdough platters, and raw puddings.

Newcastle’s Brinkburn Street brewery brewed Galivantes Porter for the opening weekend, named after the resident house band, the founders of which are part of the collective running the venue. An in house micro-brewery is planned.

New opening hours are Monday – Thursday 11.30am – 11pm; Friday & Saturday 11.30am – 3.00am; Closed Sunday.

Kitchen Times : 11.30am – 3.30 pm Monday – Saturday and 5.30pm – 10.30pm Wednesday – Saturday

For more information see theoldabbeytaphouse.co.uk, www.facebook.com/abbeyinnmcr/ or follow @old_abbey_msp

Source: Trafford & Hulme

CAMRA Gift Membership

I know its a while to Christmas, but believe me, it will be here almost before you can say Winter Warmer. So if you are stuck for a present for a real ale or real cider fan consider buying them Camra Gift membership.

http://www.camra.org.uk/gift-membership

To make it extra special you can include include a copy of the Good Beer Guide.

Don’t worry about getting it now. The membership year starts when they activate it so they won’t miss out on a minute of membership.

 

Source: Trafford & Hulme

Flixton Conservative Club named Greater Manchester Club Of The Year for second time

Flixton Conservative Club has been named CAMRA Greater Manchester Club Of The Year for the second year running. The club which is on the corner of Flixton Road and Chassen Road between Urmston & Flixton has retained the title it first took in 2015, beating off six other private members clubs from across CAMRA Greater Manchester’s branches.

The club has been named Club Of The Year by Trafford & Hulme branch for four consecutive years and after winning the regional title, the club will now go forward to be judged against 15 other regional winners for the National Club Of The Year title.

Mystery shopper judges visited all the finalists over the summer, scoring each club on a range of attributes including the range and quality of beer & cider, customer service, warmth of welcome, and value for money. Judges praised Flixton Conservative Club for the devotion of its staff, the wide range of beers on offer and the warm welcome extended to non-member visitors.

Club stewards Nigel and Sharon Porter have transformed the beer range at the club from two real ales when they arrived five years ago to six on the bar at one time and the club is reaping the benefits with membership flourishing. Nigel said “Feedback I get from the committee is that many new members cite the beer as their main reason for joining the club with others stating that they come here because they find it a welcoming, safe and secure place to enjoy a good beer”.

Source: Trafford & Hulme

Trip to Hudderfield – 30th July

On Saturday 30th July, Trafford & Hulme will team up with our neighbours in North Cheshire branch and Halton & Chester branch for a trip to explore the pubs of Huddersfield.

Details of the trip are:

10.11 DEPART Manchester Piccadilly. Arriving at Huddersfield at 10.46

11.00 WOOD ST CRAFT BEER HOUSE (WAS HDM BEER SHOP) : 4 changing (opens at 11.00)

Nearby VULCAN ? (opens at 09.00)

12.00 STAR (1 regular + 9 guest)

13.30 RAT & RATCHET (6 regular + 6 guest)

15.15 GROVE (4 regular + 15 guest

Optional stops:
COMMERCIAL (Sam Smiths – opens at 11.00)
BAR MAROX – New micro bar which opens at 16:00

17.00 SPORTSMAN (STATION) : 1 regular + 7 changing –

OPTIONAL – MAGIC ROCK BREWERY TAP

18.15 KING’S HEAD (STATION) : 4 regular + 6 guest

19.30 DEPART Huddersfield : Arrive Manchester Piccadilly 20.05

19.49 OPTIONAL – STALYBRIDGE STATION BUFFET BAR
20.50 Depart Stalybridge;  Arrive Manchester Piccadilly 21.05

 

Source: Trafford & Hulme

Tavern On the Green reopens (updated)

Altrincham’s Tavern On the Green has re-opened after a refurbishment.

It is now part of the Bermondsey Pub Co which is the company set up by owners Enterprise Inns to run managed pubs as opposed to their tenanted model which has so badly let down pubs like the Tavern (formerly the Faulkner’s Arms) in the past.

New manager Sam Foster told #THCAMRA that there will be four cask ales on rotation and the pub will be offering a discount to CAMRA members.

Food is based around an extensive choice of pies from Bristol’s PieMinster with associated sides. Opening times will be 10am – 11pm with an extra hour til Midnight on Friday and Saturdays.

 

Update 23rd July:

The pub has had a successful first few weeks of trading, with Fridays and Saturdays particularly busy. There are four regularly changing real ales on offer with manager Sam welcoming recommendations on beers to be featured. Card carrying CAMRA members receive a 20% discount on cask ales. The Tavern is the latest opening on a much revived Stamford New Road following The Craftsman and the Cheshire Tap, both of which are also doing well.

Source: Trafford & Hulme