Pub of the Year 2016

Pub of the Year 2016

The Derby Branch of the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) has selected its Pubs of the Year for 2016.

The City Pub of the Year is the Brunswick Inn on Railway Terrace with the finalists being the Alexandra Hotel, the Furnace, the Old Bell and the Golden Eagle.

The Country Pub of the Year is the Royal Oak in Ockbrook with the finalists being the Chip & Pin in Melbourne and the Boot in Repton.

The Brunswick Inn, an Everards Project William pub, has shown a persistent growth under the stewardship of Alan and Phillippe, both CAMRA members. This is reflected in not only its return into the CAMRA Good Beer Guide, but now winning the Derby CAMRA City Pub of the Year. The pub has continued to feature Brunswick beers brewed on site by James, but has successfully complemented this with an ever changing array of guest ales from, sometimes, obscure parts of the country to give a staggering total of 16 real ales. If that is not enough, there are also 16 ciders on offer.

The competition as always was keenly fought with a shortlist of 5 pubs (Alexandra Hotel, Brunswick Inn, Furnace Inn, Old Bell and the Golden Eagle) being drawn up by votes from the entire Derby Branch Membership. A team of independent judges then visited each pub and marked the finalists over a 5 week period, visiting unannounced on different days of the week and at different times of the day. Each pub was judged in the following categories: - quality of the beer; atmosphere, style & decor of the pub; service and welcome; community focus; sympathy with CAMRA aims and whether it was a good value visit or not.

Derby CAMRA are proud to note that Derby is particularly gifted with many fine establishments that more than stand out in the judging categories making the competition particularly tough. The Brunswick Inn and Royal Oak are more than worthy winners where good beer and atmosphere are guaranteed.

The winner of the Derbyshire round will be announced later in the year after a similar judging process has taken place.


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Published on 07/06/2016