Beer Quality Accreditation Scheme

Trafford & Hulme branch is one of several CAMRA branches participating a a trial of a Beer Quality Accreditation Scheme. Recognizing pubs consistently selling well-kept real ales is an important aspect of CAMRA’s campaigning to improve beer quality at the point of dispense and this new accreditation scheme is a means of recognizing quality. Pubs that gain accreditation can publicise the fact, including the display of the attached window sticker. The award is made based on scores entered into the National Beer Scoring Scheme by CAMRA members. CAMRA memberes are encouraged to score all real ale, cider and perry that they drink. For more information on this see the Beer Scoring page. 

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The following pubs and clubs within the branch have currentlt achieved the requied standard and been awarded this accreditation. The scores will be reviewed on an regular basis, and additional pubs who attain the required standard will be added to the list.

Beer House (Chorlton-Cum-Hardy)
Cheshire Tap (Altrincham)
Chorlton Tap (Chorlton-Cum-Hardy)
Costello’s Bar (Altrincham)
Dulcimer (Chorlton-Cum-Hardy)
Flixton Conservative Club (Urmston)
Font (Chorlton-Cum-Hardy)
Garricks Head (Urmston)
Hillary Step (Whalley Range)
J P Joule (Sale)
Jack In The Box (Altrincham)
Lord Nelson (Urmston)
Old Market Tavern (Altrincham)
Pi (Altrincham)
Pi (Chorlton-Cum-Hardy)
Prairie Schooner Taphouse (Urmston)
Railway (Sale)
Rustic (Altrincham)
Sedge Lynn (Chorlton-Cum-Hardy)
Sip Club (Stretford)
Swan with Two Nicks (Little Bollington)

 

 


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Tuesday Tipple 3rd. edition Rochdale – 18/9/18

The road or track to Rochdale as the case may be took us on a fine sunny day to the birthplace of the co-operative movement, although some of us went by train and one traveller took the tram we arrived at the same time this wasn’t planned it was pure coincidence.

First meet up was the Regal Moon the wetherspoons slap bang in the middle of town a quick snack and a dazzling array of heavyweight beers, Black Bee and Wobbly Bob both from Phoenix, award winning 1872 Porter from Elland and the standards Windermere Pale and Greene King IPA.

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Outside the Spoons and facing directly opposite is the Wellington formerly a club now re-opened as a bar/restaurant, on first entering you are greeted with a very up market interior part Georgian sitting room and grand dining hall in miniature, however the beer on offer was a well-balanced mixture. A rare sight anywhere is to see a bitter, blond and dark beer making up the three hand-pumps on the bar namely Donkey Stone Bray, Phoenix Arizona and Serious Moonlight. Chatting to the owner he says some people do stick their heads through the door and are intimidated by the fancy interior, no need to worry there was some fine beer to be had in pleasant and decorative surroundings.

Up through the shopping centre past the recently exposed River Roch to the famous Baum a former national Pub of the Year. We sat in the conservatory at the back enjoying the late summer sunshine with our 7 Brothers Peach , Blackjack poker face and another Serious Brewing Moonlight. Not many people around in the afternoon so easy to see the interior of the bar which is full of traditional knick knacks , the pub is in the heritage area which includes the Rochdale Pioneers Museum next door to the pub.

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A short trip back down alongside the ring road and through the cenotaph gardens, sitting opposite the magnificent Victorian Gothic Town hall is the Medicine Tap which is in the former general post office a concept familiar to the T&H branch but this one is on a much grander scale to our own Barking Dog in Urmston. A café/bar/restaurant which opens at 9am and serves beer around midday, there is plenty of the stuff on offer, two banks of 5 handpumps at opposite ends of the bar selling the same thing actually so five beers; Torrside Pale, Reedley Hallows Pendleside, Welsh Pride from Conwy and a Rammy Craft being among them. In the middle of the bar is an impressive keg row mounted on one of those brass tube arches or elongated ‘n’s, there’s probably a proper name for them which escapes me at the moment.

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Now another treat the regional POTY The Flying Horse Hotel, busy in the early evening Serious Brewing was once again evident and Pictish this time Brewers Gold. Ben, the landlord got wind we were from T&H branch and after a chat invited us on a tour of the cellar and very impressive it was covering the footprint of the building and is typical of a large cellar had a bewildering tangle of pipes and coolers alongside the many kegs and casks. This was our last port of call and I think we had definitely seen the best of Rochdale, a Friday social is on the cards for the rest of the branch.


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Tuesday Tipple No.2, 21st. August Macclesfield

Trafford and Hulme’s second midweek outing took us down the line to the town of Macclesfield famous as the Silk Town and also the Treacle Town, apparently a cartload of the gooey substance was once overturned in the street and the residents of the time came out in force to scoop it all up.

First stop had to be the Waters Green Tavern because a. it is a stones throw from the station b. it was open and c. it’s a damn fine pub, we were not disappointed, more hand pumps than you could shake a stick at, Barnsley Bitter and Salopian Oracle were our choices to go with our meals which were to be fair pricy but good.

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Cross the road and you enter the Old Millstone, not much to report here, a hasty half of black sheep and we were off up the hill to the vicinity of the town square. Here we found the Five Clouds Tap and Bottle a newer place in the now familiar ‘shop front’ type, one hand pump dispensing Track Sanoma and a number of keg lines of varying strengths and styles one of which was Thornbridge Hellas Lager sampled by one of our number.

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Setting of now down the hill past the splendid town hall from the Georgian era, 1823 to be exact, through the busy shopping district to the lower part of town and into the Jolly Sailor, a pub full of quirky artefacts we sat at a very shiny wooden table which seemed much too good for us to be putting our pint pots on. There was a good choice on the bar as well, Draught Bass, Harvest Pale and a couple from Storm Brewing, we stayed a while here and took in the surroundings. A curiosity on the windowsill next to us appeared to be Japanese in origin it looked like a soup or tea urn in the middle of two plate holders with small paraffin or candle heaters underneath them attached at either side. Scattered around the walls among the days gone by photos were musical instruments old and new, none of us are musical enough to play anything so we just admired them.

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Opposite now to the Snow Goose Cafe Bar multi roomed and multi layered run it seemed by two women with an eye for décor and furnishing which made every room different. Musical instruments hanging on the wall was again a feature but on this pleasant afternoon we sat in the back among old wooden casks and some interesting stone features. Beer once again featured Storm Brewing this time Hailstorm and Ale Force and a Moorhouses called Nick O Pendle a cycling reference I think

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No time really to visit anymore pubs and there are plenty, Macclesfield is very much a dormitory town and a lot of places didn’t open until 4pm so maybe next time or perhaps a Saturday trip to do the town justice.


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Save Our Pubs – Mass Lobby Day

 

Are you free on Tuesday 30th October?

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On 30th October hundreds of CAMRA members will descend on Parliament to lobby their MPs in a national day of action.

We will be asking MPs to commit to the following CAMRA campaigns:

– Axeing plans to increase beer duty in the upcoming Autumn Budget. 

– A permanent business rate relief for pubs in the upcoming Autumn Budget.

– An urgent review of the Pubs Code so that the Market Rent Only option becomes a genuine choice for tenants. 

Interested in taking part? Click here to download our FAQs document on the timings of the day, being a delegate and claiming travel expenses..


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Obituary – Mike Kerr

The branch has recently been informed of the sad loss of one of its long-standing members, Mike Kerr, who lost his fight with cancer on Wednesday the 18th July. 

Mike Kerr

Mike was most active with the branch during the branch’s early 2000s renaissance under the chairmanship of Neil Worthington and Beverley Gobbett but continued to keep in touch right up to this year.

Some may remember him best turning up at St Clements Church with the volunteers food in his wonderful old green sports car.  It didn’t have much of a boot so he would have a box fastened in on the passenger seat.

Before his health began to deteriorate, he was a very active in surveying pubs, keeping the branch up to date with news of pubs at the southern end of our area, and generally banging the drum for good ale in good pubs.

Mike was one for doing things by the rule book, especially when we’d written the rule book ourselves. Many a meeting was put back on track by Mike reminding the meeting that the branch had responsibilities to CAMRA nationally.

Former branch member Dominic Driscoll, now brewer at Thornbridge Brewery remembered Mike thus: “Awkward sod that stuck to his guns but very much a believer in the cause. He was a kind man though, I liked him a lot. Always had time for me, even though I was the young whippersnapper.”

Mike is pictured in 2007 with Jackie Bardsley at the Quarry Bank in Timperley. The branch were invited to have a membership stand at the pubs own beer festival so that we could introduce ourselves to the local residents and Mike stepped up to a weekend in the pub.

Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife, Liz and their family.


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Chorlton Challenge 2018

Friday 23rd & Saturday 24th November 2018

The Chorlton Challenge is the annual survey of Chorlton’s 25 pubs and bars which serve cask ale.

Spread over two days, the challenge is to visit all 25 pubs but if you can’t make the full weekend just drop in when you feel you can to support your local pubs. If you know the area then it may be a chance to visit pubs you don’t regularly go to.

The below itinerary is based on the 2017 challenge. The final itinerary for 2018 will be published here by 9th Nove,ber.

All times approximate. If need to check where we are up to, call 07802 555163 or 07879 880972

Click here for map of pub locations

Friday 23rd November

1 Bowling Green 7.00pm
2 Horse & Jockey 7.30pm
3 Beech Inn 8.00 pm
4 Trevor Arms 8.30pm
5 Parlour 8.50pm
6 Lead Station 9.15pm
7 Spoon Inn 10.00pm
8 Man Bites Frog 10.30pm
9 Strange Brew 11.00pm

Saturday 24th. November 

1 Lloyds 12midday
2 Spread Eagle12.30pm
3 Cask & Kiln 1.00pm
4 Duffy’s 1.40pm
5 Morley Cheeks 2pm
6 Sedge Lynn 2.30pm
7 Beagle 3.15pm
8 Royal Oak 3.45pm
9 Dulcimer 4.15pm
10 Electrik 4.45pm
11 Chorlton Tap 5.15pm
12 South West Manchester Cricket Club 6.45pm
13 Font 8.30pm
14 Mary & Archie 9.15pm
15 Pi 10.00pm
16 The Beer House 10.30pm

A PDF Scoring sheet listing all the pubs and times will be published here before the Challenge starts.


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Pub News July & August 2018

The following changes were reported at the August Branch Meeting.

  • The Gardeners Arms in Timperley has re-opened.
  • Two Sam Smiths pubs, the Windmill in Carrington and the Red Brook in Partington are both s boarded up and the car park entrance blocked.  
  • The Imbibe in Urmston is still being refurbished 
  • The Num6er in Sale is all keg
  • Greene King have opened the Bramley Farm, a new Harvester style pub on Sinderland Road in Broadheath
  • The Fox and Hounds in Flixton has cask ales.
  • The Old Plough in Ashton on Mersey offers a Hydes Loyalty card, with 10% discount, to those over 60 years of age.
  • Also  in Ashton on Mersey the Buck has a loyalty card whereby the 8th pint is free.
  •  Marble Beer House in Chorlton has been sold and is now operating as the “Beer House”. It continues to sell Marble beers and has the same manager as previously.
  • The Three Legs of Man in Hulme and the Temple Inn in Sale are not selling real ale.
  • Co-op and M&S are promoting “local” beers including some bottle conditioned examples.

If you have any pub news please e-mail it to pubnews <at> thcamra.org.uk


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Tuesday Tipple to Chorley

The 24th of July saw the inaugural branch midweek trip to an out of town destination namely Chorley.

Of course midweek trips had been a regular thing for some time but this one was more inclusive to all members of the branch, members whose circumstances meant an afternoon trip on a weekday was possible. 

A good half dozen of us turned up and all managed to be on the same train but wouldn’t you know it after weeks of unbroken sunshine the rains finally came and we were met at our destination with a light drizzle, no matter the pubs we visited were all within a short walk of the station.

Passing various places we would be gracing with our presence later we homed in on the Bob Inn guided by Bev who had been on the previous ladies day trip, after claiming not to remember where it was she soon picked up the scent and zoomed straight there.

 

The Bob Inn sits on the outer ring of shops/stalls of the market so has the bar itself, some outside seating and an inner ‘lounge’ both of these are tiny but the seating was adequate for our small band. Some locals were at the bar but no other customers joined us, it was obviously market day and a steady stream of shoppers would pass by. There was plenty of choice for all with IPA’s and stout which proved popular, the room was adorned with various ornaments including a ‘cuddly stags head’ on the wall and fake bookcase wallpaper.

 

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 First of the day had now on to the Flat Iron which was just outside the market, we passed some stalls one of which had two birds of prey on pedestals someone said they were sparrow hawks I wouldn’t know but one had a chicken drumstick in its talons, not a sub-species I would have thought. The Flat Iron had a traditional look to the outside but was clearly modern inside and there was the fake bookcase wallpaper again, beer was cheap though, £4 for two pints.

 

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Outside round the corner to the Shed so called because of the décor, basically tongue and groove panelling, they did serve food but some of our gang missed the sign and brought their own in from the market, the bar people were fine with this which was good of them.

 

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 A relatively (0.3M)long walk now a real gem of a pub on the other side of the railway, The Malt’N’Hops once again a stout was available but also pork pies, sandwiches and pickled eggs, the pies and eggs being only being only 50p each. We sat outside but the interior had lots of dark wood and etched and stained glass.

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 Back across the tracks to the bars we passed earlier the Shepherds Hall Ale House and the Ale Station, you would call these micros I suppose but plenty of choice in each for their size, Bev was quite taken with a shaggy white dog in the latter, I said it looked like my bath mat had come to life.

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This concluded our very successful trip out, enjoyed by all and I’m looking forward to future outings in the same vein, the next will be Macclesfield.


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Pub News June & July 2018

In Timperley. The Gardners Arms has recently closed, and looks unlikely to re-open in the short term. The Stone Masons is also closed, but Altrincham Today reports it is to be taken over by the landlord of the Firbank Pub & Kitchen, Wythenshawe who hopes to re-open it late August.

A planning request to change the Bay Malton, Oldfield Brow into residentional property has been submitted. T&H Camra and the local residents group have sumitted objections.

In Altrincham the Belgian Bar has stopped selling real ale on hand pump. The Barrington has been undergoing internal and external refurbishment. The signs have been replaced but no indication of if or when it will re-open as a Pub

Pub tours of Altrincham designed by John Schofield are to commence in July at £10 a head

The Fox and Hounds in Flixton has new management, it is reported that they have experience of running a pub at the Fox and Goose in Manchester.

The Chadwick and Imbibe in Urmston are both still shut, and the Assembly also of Urmston has no Cask yet.

The Beech in Chorlton Green appears to be serving a lot of Timothy Taylors beers at the expense of guests.

Cask and Kiln in Chorlton are offering a 20% discount on ales, ‘half and half’ nights are rumoured to be happening in the future.

The Windmill Inn, Carrington is also closed an boarded-up.

If you have any pub news please e-mail it to pubnews <at> thcamra.org.uk


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