Pubs of the Year 2013

Pubs of the Year 2013

 The City Pub of the Year is the Exeter Arms on Exeter Place in Derby with the runner-up being the Furnace Inn on Duke Street.

The Country Pub of the Year is the Royal Oak in Ockbrook with the runner-up being the Pattenmakers Arms in Duffield. 

The Exeter Arms takes the City title for the first time while the Royal Oak wins the Country award for the third year running. Both were presented with their certificates at the Derby CAMRA Winter Beer Festival trade session in the Roundhouse. 

The competition as always was keenly fought with a shortlist of 7 pubs (Alexandra Hotel, Exeter Arms, Five Lamps, Furnace Inn, Pattenmakers in Duffield, Royal Oak in Ockbrook and Royal Oak in Wirksworth) being drawn up by votes from the entire Derby Branch Membership. A team of 17independent judges then visited each pub and marked the finalists over an 8 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 & décor of the pub; service and welcome; community focus; sympathy with CAMRA aims and whether it was a good value visit or not. 

Derby CAMRA Chairman, Gareth Stead said, "That the competition had been particularly tough this year as all the pubs were very good but both the Exeter Arms and Royal Oak are more than worthy winners where good beer and atmosphere are guaranteed." He continued, "The transformation of the Exeter Arms over the last year or so has been nothing short of remarkable and credit must be given to Martin Roper & Denise Sage and Derby's Dancing Duck Brewery for bringing this amazing pub back to life again." He also added that, "The Royal Oak in Ockbrook is simply a great village local right at the heart of community life which has been in the Good Beer Guide for 37 years due to the quality of its ales." The Exeter Arms has also been crowned Derby CAMRA Pub of the Year 2013 by virtue of having the highest overall mark and it will now go forward into the Derbyshire Pub of the Year competition. Here it will compete with the winners of other local CAMRA Branches awards from Amber Valley, Ashbourne, Chesterfield, Erewash Valley, High Peak, Matlock & Dales, Mansfield, and Sheffield. 

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 31/05/2013