Flixton Con Club into final four

The Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) has named the best four member clubs in the country as part of its Club of the Year competition and they include the Greater Manchester Club Of The Year Flixton Conservative Club (which won the award in 2018)

The other finalists include two other former winners, the Cheltenham Motor Club in Gloucestershire (2017) and the Appleton Thorn Village Hall in Warrington (2019).

The Orpington Liberal Club in Greater London is also in the running, which has made it to the final four in past years. 

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Flying Horse gallops to double glory

A Rochdale pub has romped away with the Greater Manchester Pub of the Year for the second year running.

The Flying Horse adjacent to Rochdale’s magnificent Town Hall was in need of Ben Boothman’s vision when he took it over. Trade at the site started in 1691, but it endured a spell renamed as The Sports before he took the reins.  Ben could see the potential to transform the town centre building to provide a destination for drinkers, diners and overnight visitors, as well as an ambition to become the town’s premier free live music establishment. But a long-term commitment to providing the very best real ales underscored his efforts.

Ben is well-known in amateur rugby league circles as he combined turning out in the green and gold colours of Rochdale Cobras alongside his work at the Flying Horse. It’s a real family success as mum Pat has supported Ben throughout, taking charge of functions as well as finding time to run a popular outside catering business, Quirky Catering. The pub is also a vital supporter of town centre initiatives including Rochdale Food and Drink Festival and the Feel Good Festival.   

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Regional Club Of The Year Presentation

On Friday 27th September, the region presented the Greater Manchester Club of The Year award to Flixton Conservative Club, Urmston.

Deputy Regional Director Beverley Gobbett presented the award to stewards Andrea and Pat Doherty.

The stewards who took over in March dedicated the award to the team who run the bar and cellar at the club who have ensured that the club retained the Greater Manchester title for an unprecedented fifth year.

Left to right: Cellar and bar team members Chas & Hayley, Stewards Andrea and Pat, deputy Regional Director Beverley Gobbet and bar / cellarman Tom.

The award was presented during the club’s monthly brewery night in their function room which was hosted by Brightside Brewery’s Carley Friedrich. A second presentation was then made in front of the club’s regular attendees in the downstairs bar.

Beer Buzz issue 4 out now

Beer Buzz SEP2019 Cover

The new issue of Beer Buzz is now available to download from beerbuzz.beer

Print copies will begin to appear in pubs across Manchester, Salford & Trafford from 25th September but online readers can read it now.

The largest ever issue at 44 pages includes the usual range of news on our local pubs and breweries along with a range of special features and interviews.

We talk to Nicky Kong, landlady of Manchester’s Crown and Kettle and to Oli Turton, head brewer and owner of Squawk Brewing Co.

We celebrate one of Manchester’s historic pubs, The Unicorn, being given grade 2 listed status but also look at how our local councils plans are failing our much loved pubs. There’s also an indepth feature on how just two big city deals could affect over 7000 pubs.

Beer Buzz is produced by Trafford & Hulme CAMRA along with our neighbours in Central Manchester and Salford branches.

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Manchester’s beer scene booming, according to the Good Beer Guide

The local brewing and pub scene in Greater Manchester is booming, according to the Good Beer Guide 2020, CAMRA’s premier publication featuring the very best pubs to find a great pint in the UK.

It reports that across Greater Manchester there are:

  • 33 newly featured pubs, bringing the total of surveyed pubs in the area to 159
  • Five new breweries, including the Cheadle Brew House, Howfen Brew Co, Manchester Union Brewery Ltd, Made of Stone Brewery and Tin Head

In addition, the Flying Horse Hotel in Rochdale has been named one of the best pubs in the UK, having made its way to the next stage of the competition in the nationwide search for CAMRA’s Pub of the Year.

First built in 1691 and re-built in 1926, this is an impressive Edwardian stone-built free house with many original architectural features situated in the Town Hall Square. Ten cask ales and two traditional ciders are available as is live sports and music. The hotel features log fires and provides accommodation and a function room is available for hire.

It will now compete in the next round of the competition, hoping to be named one of the four super-regional finalists – and stay in with a chance of becoming the overall winner, to be revealed in February 2020.

The Good Beer Guide, which reviews over 4,500 pubs across the UK, is the definitive beer drinkers’ guide to the very best pints in the most picturesque and friendly pubs. Compiled by thousands of independent volunteers, it helps identify significant trends and themes locally and nationally.

Tom Stainer, CAMRA’s Chief Executive said: “For nearly five decades, the Good Beer Guide has been a comprehensive guide to the UK’s breweries, their ales, and the best outlets to find them in across the country. 

“What makes the Guide unique is that all the entries are compiled and vetted by a huge volunteer team, based around the country. We work hard to ensure that all areas of the country are covered and, unlike some competitor titles, inclusion in this book is dependent on merit, not on payment.

“The Good Beer Guide has therefore always played an important role in acting as a barometer of the beer and pub industry. We believe information gleaned from the Guide is absolutely vital in the drive to save our pubs from closure and campaign for policies that better support the pub and beer industry.”

Discover all of the pubs listed, and more, with CAMRA’s new Good Beer Guide app, available on both iOS and Android device or visit the CAMRA shop for your copy: shop.camra.org.uk 

Pub Of The Year 2019

Rochdale’s Flying Horse Hotel has retained its title of Greater Manchester Pub Of The Year for a second year.

First built in 1691 and re-built in 1926, this is an impressive Edwardian stone-built free house with many original architectural features situated in the Town Hall Square.

Judges praised the quality of the pub’s ten cask ales and two traditional ciders available as well as the welcome offered by knowledgeable staff.

The hotel features log fires, provides accommodation and is well known for its regular live music events.

The runner up was The Brewery Bar, Horwich situated on the first floor of Blackedge Brewery with Stalybridge Buffet Bar taking third place in the voting.

Greater Manchester Club Of The Year stays in T&H

Trafford and Hulme Branch are really pleased to be able to confirm that The Greater Manchester Club Of The Year 2019 is the our own Club Of The Year – Flixton Conservative Club.

Although this is the fifth consecutive year that the club has won the Greater Manchester title, it is the first under new Stewards Pat and Andrea Doherty who took over in March and have maintained the high standards set by their predecessors Nigel and Sharon Porter.

Flixton Conservative Club Team
Pat and Andrea (centre) flanked by Flixton Conservative Club cellar team Chas and Tom receiving their Trafford & Hulme Branch Club Of The Year award

Nigel and Sharon left the club in November 2018 after six years at the helm but left behind a team passionate about serving high quality cask ale. Cellar team Tom, Chas and Hayley kept the beer flowing while the club recruited new stewards.

Pat and Andrea have reinstated the club’s successful “Brewery Nights” (monthly tap takeover and meet the brewer nights which pack out the club’s function room) as well as introducing a range of new events including a fortnightly Open Mic night, curry nights and expanding the live music offering.

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Club Of The Year 2019

Greater Manchester CAMRA is pleased to announce the result of the 2019 Regional Club Of The Year Competition.

The Greater Manchester Club Of The Year 2019 is the Flixton Conservative Club on Flixton Road between Urmston and Flixton in Trafford.

Although this is the fifth consecutive year that the club has won the Greater Manchester title, it is the first under new Stewards Pat and Andrea Doherty who took over in March and have maintained the high standards set by their predecessors Nigel and Sharon Porter.

Flixton Conservative Club Team
Pat and Andrea (centre) flanked by Flixton Conservative Club cellar team Chaz and Tom receiving their Trafford & Hulme Branch Club Of The Year award

Nigel and Sharon left the club in November 2018 after six years at the helm but left behind a team passionate about serving high quality cask ale. Cellar team Tom, Chas and Hayley kept the beer flowing while the club recruited new stewards.

Pat and Andrea have reinstated the club’s successful “Brewery Nights” (monthly tap takeover and meet the brewer nights which pack out the club’s function room) as well as introducing a range of new events including a fortnightly Open Mic night, curry nights and expanding the live music offering.

Runner up in the Greater Manchester competition was Dobcross Band Social Club in Dobcross, Saddleworth.

Six of the nine branches of CAMRA in Greater Manchester selected a Club Of The Year each of which were visited by a team of judges from across the region.

The finalists were:

  • Ukrainian Club (Bolton Branch)
  • Dobcross Band Club (Rochdale, Oldham and Bury Branch)
  • Boothstown Royal British Legion (Salford & District Branch)
  • Moor Club (Stockport and South Manchester Branch)
  • Flixton Conservative Club (Trafford & Hulme Branch)
  • Standish Unity Club (Wigan Branch)

Flixton Conservative Club will now go forward into the 2020 National Club of The Year competition, seeking to reclaim the National Club Of The Year title they won in 2018.