Pubs of the Year 2014

Pubs of the Year 2014

The Derby Branch of the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) has selected its Pubs of the Year for 2014.

The City Pub of the Year is the Furnace Inn on Duke Street in Derby with the runner-up being the Little Chester Ale House on Chester Green.


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


After finishing runners-up in 2013 both the Furnace Inn and the Pattenmakers Arms have gone one step further this year to take the top awards for the first time. Both will be presented with certificates at special presentation socials during March.


The competition as always was keenly fought with a shortlist of 7 pubs (Bell & Castle, Furnace Inn and Little Chester Ale House in Derby and the Pattenmakers Arms in Duffield, Queens Head in Little Eaton, Royal Oak in Ockbrook and Royal Oak in Wirksworth) being drawn up by votes from the entire Derby Branch Membership. A team of 16 independent judges then visited each pub and marked the finalists over a 7 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 Chairman, Gareth Stead said, "That the competition had been particularly tough this year as all the pubs were very good but both the Furnace Inn and Pattenmakers Arms are more than worthy winners where good beer and atmosphere are guaranteed."


He continued, "The transformation of the Furnace Inn over the last 2 years from back street local to real ale paradise has been nothing short of remarkable and credit must be given to owner, Pedro Menon and manager, Luke Elston for the tremendous amount of work they have put in to achieving this."


He also added that, "The Pattenmakers Arms in Duffield is simply a great village local right at the heart of community which has been in the Good Beer Guide for a number of years now due to the quality of its ales."


The Furnace Inn has also been crowned Derby CAMRA Pub of the Year 2014 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 04/03/2014