We were invited along to the Cambridge and District CAMRA Pub of the Year Awards which took place last night at the Hopbine. As well as the award for pub of the year there were 10 other awards going, including community pub of the year, locale pub, and most improved pub.
By 8pm the Hopbine was heaving with familiar faces including Jethro and Terri from the Cambridge Blue, Jess and Steve from the Elm Tree, and Lawrence from the Champion of the Thames (and now the Clarendon as well). There were also several local brewers present such as Joe from BlackBar, Mark from Moonshine, Jon from Lord Conrads, and Richard from Milton.
I drank Moonshine’s Cambridge Pale Ale pretty much most of the evening, a lovely easy drinking bitter with caramel and floral hop flavours. We were asked to take a seat in the back room of the pub where there was a large award display board for the event – a nice backdrop for the winners photos.
The compere made light hearted jokes as he read out pub descriptions before each award was presented, to try to make us guess which pub he was describing (he quite liked the word ‘breweriana’, which came up a couple of times in the descriptions. Guess which pubs he was referring to..!)
The winner of Pub of the Year went to the Flying Pig. You know, that wonderful pub that’s under threat of being demolished (which I wrote about in a previous post). Congratulations Justine and Matt. Hopefully this award will open people’s eyes as to how valuable a lovely pub like this is to the community.
Here’s a list of all the winners – well done everyone, especially to some of my local favourite pubs, you know who you are ;)
Pub of the year 2013: The Flying Pig
Locale Pub of the year(Rural) 2013: The Crown Inn, Linton
Locale pub of the year 2013 (city): The Cambridge Blue
Community Pub of the year 2013 (Rural): The Plough and Fleece Horningsea
Community Pub of the Year 2013 (City): The Elm Tree
Dark Ale/ Mild Pub of the Year 2013: The Maypole
Most improved pub of the year 2013( City): The Mill
Most improved pub of the year 2013( Rural): The Chestnut Tree, West Wratting
Cider pub of the year: The St Radegund
Real Ale Champion 2013: Richard Naisby, Milton Brewery
CAMRA Lifetime Achievement award: Lawrence Dixon, of The Champion of the Thames and Clarendon Arms.
There’s one rural pub on the list that I haven’t made it out to yet, so I will make sure I rectify that as soon as possible. And if you haven’t visited these pubs in a while, make sure you do – they all need our support!