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Autumn Town & Country Pub of the Season 2016

T&C Pub of Season Sep16Monday 26th September was not the sort of evening to encourage one out – cold, rainy and definitely felt like Autumn. However a good few CAMRA members caught the No.10 bus to join me, local CAMRA members and customers at the Lord Collingwood for the celebration.

As a Marston’s tied house, the beer choice on offer was Ringwood Best Bitter & Boondoggle, Thwaites Wainwright, Marstons New World, Banks’ Sunbeam and house special Colly Wobbler (the Hobgoblin was off). Licensee Sarah Heaton kindly provided sandwiches and home-made chips  (by the fair hand of barmaid Karen) while  husband Andy, fresh home from his day job, lit the fire for us.

T&C Pub of Season Sep16It is customary to explain what CAMRA is about to the public during our speech, but when I looked around I couldn’t see any non-members! Little point in preaching to the converted so I passed on this, left some of our local recruitment leaflets and got on with the main event.

It is hard work running a pub anywhere and particularly in the villages and Pub of the Season awards were one way of giving rare recognition and encouragement to the people in the business.

T&C Pub of Season Sep16The Heatons were congratulated on their first successful year, despite challenges like needing to close the kitchen for major refurbishment and Sarah’s ongoing fo ot problem. They did their best to offer beer variety with Marstons specials and guest festival ales. Andy expressed their gratitude for CAMRA’s  attention and the certificate was quickly on display over the fireplace. Keep up the good work you guys.

Footnote: the pub is named after Vice Admiral Cuthbert Collingwood, 1st Baron Collingwood (26 September 1748 – 7 March 1810), who was an admiral of the Royal Navy, nota

Interestingly, another of the local pubs is the Lord Nelson in Nether Poppleton. Both men are neighbours in death too, buried side by side in the crypt at St Paul’s Cathedral, London!

York Beer Census 18 June 2016

The third York beer census was on Saturday 18 June.

Preliminary results show more than 300 unique real ales on sale in York.

This is more than we found in 2014 showing that York continues to grow and develop as a great city of ale. We will crunch the numbers over the next week, so look out for more results soon.

Thank you to all our volunteers who went out and about surveying York pubs. Thank you to the volunteers who stayed put and helped type in the information from those survey forms.

Finally we need to say very special thank you to Lee & Wayne at BrewYork for hosting the York beer census HQ, for their help in organising a great space to work and for their goodie bags and beer for all our volunteers that were really appreciated by all.

Follow us on @yorkbeercensus for updates.

Pub of the Season Spring 2015

Country Pub of the Season Spring 2015 has been awarded to The Unicorn Selby. It was presented to Keith Bond the manager by Terry French.
Congratulations to all the staff and management.

Pubs of the Season and Pub of the Year awards 2013

York CAMRA Pub of the Year for 2013 is Ferryboat Inn, Thorganby
York CAMRA Club of the Year for 2013 is Bishopthorpe Sports & Social Club, Bishopthorpe

More information on how we select the winners and the full archive of Pub of the Year is here

Pub of the Season awards for 2013:


Season Town Country
Winter Royal Oak, Goodramgate White Bear, Stillington
Autumn Snickleway, Goodramgate Greyhound, Saxton
Summer Old Ebor, Nunnery Lane Wombwell Arms, Wass
Spring The Habit, Goodramgate Fenton Flyer, Church Fenton

More information on how we select the winners and the full archive of winners is here

The Falcon Tap opens on Micklegate

Rumours on Mickelgate has been completely refurbished and now reopens as the Falcon Tap, a hark back to it’s historic name.

From the York Press..

…the wooden falcon placed above the frontage in 1880 survived the Rumours era and now sits proudly alongside the new signage. There were two ales from Copper Dragon on the bar on Wednesday night including the excellent West Coast pale, alongside a long cocktails list

Read the article in full on York Press website

Treboom design wins at SIBA BeerX

From York Press:

YORK’S Treboom Brewery is toasting success in the Society of Independent Brewers’ Design Awards 2014. Treboom, based at Shipton by Beningbrough, was presented with a high commendation in the Best Individual Label Award for its ‘Baron Saturday’ porter label at SIBA’s BeerX event, held in Sheffield…

Read the article in full

Ye Old Shambles Tavern relaunch in October

Ye Old Shambles Tavern re-launched itself in October 2013 after five years of trading as a gift shop and cafe. It is family run and has recently become licenced for on and off sales for its customers, supplying a range of Yorkshire ales. Bottled beer sales now cover over 60 labels from over 16 micro brewery producers, some of which are bottle conditioned so meeting CAMRA’s “Real Ale in a Bottle” definition. Managers Simon and Nicola pride themselves in offering a real Yorkshire welcome and are working hard to establish the Tavern on the real ale map. They have also installed two hand pumps serving beer from Rudgate and other local breweries. They are open seven days a week from 9am until late.

Winter 2013 Town Pub of the Season Presentation to Royal Oak, Goodramgate

Kevin presenting the award to Sarah

Kevin presenting the award to Sarah

We arrived en mass at the Royal Oak to a very welcome warming fireplace! The pub’s regulars were also there in numbers most probably waiting for Two Bob to arrive and start playing and wondering why we were there, the large board outside advertising ‘Winner of CAMRA Winter Pub of the Season’ was the clue.

The pub as always was very welcoming with a nice selection of beers: Hop Studio Porter, Treboom Tambourine Man, Brains Reverend James, Theakston’s Old Peculier, Theakston’s Best Bitter and Greene King Abbot Ale. After everyone getting their pints most having the two LocAle’s we moved into the larger back bar to perform the presentation.

Sarah the licensee accepted on behalf the pub as she said in her acceptance speech the whole team from cellar, bar and kitchen have all helped earn the award. Gareth, Mike, Richard, Sam and Karl (the cellar apprentice and husband) all deserve a mention for their hard work in the cellar and the very onerous task of liaising with local brewers and tasting their brews! The pub will continue with its policy of trying to always have one bitter and one stout, porter or mild from a LocAle brewery with some of the speciality brews been fitted in when available. Hop Studio, Salamander and Treboom beers are firm favourites with regulars and visitors alike. The policy of offering third of a pint tasting trays is enticing people to try beers that they perceive to be outside of their comfort zone. Most manage to find at least one style of beer to their taste. The bar staff are all quite willing to discuss the beers on the bar and offer tasters where required.

The staff are also keenly aware of the need to keep standards high with the quality of pubs in the city increasing year on year, the friendly competition along Goodramgate caters for all tastes and keeps all the bars on their toes!

The kitchen staff not to be left out on the night contributed two dishes a chicken curry and a beef stew as well as plates of sandwiches so our party and the locals were well fed. Many thanks to them as they worked past their normal finishing time to ensure their offerings were served piping hot.

Once again many thanks to the Royal Oak for making us welcome and look out for some interesting themed evenings to come throughout 2014. (KK)