Pubs of the Year & Season

Pub of the Year 2020

We are delighted to announce that The Slip Inn, on Clementhorpe is the York Branch Pub of the Year for 2020.

The Slip Inn recently celebrated 10 years as a free-house and has become a thriving community pub.

We hope to present the award in July.


York CAMRA have been choosing a Pub of the Year since 1995. We start to choose this in autumn. Members on our email network are invited to nominate up to three York and three non-York (outside the outer ring road) pubs for the award. Any pub that sells real ale in the branch area can be nominated, except for last year’s winner.

A standard, scored survey form is needed for each nomination. From all valid nominations, a shortlist of around six is compiled from those receiving the most nominations. Survey forms are then invited from the full membership over the winter. During this time, social opportunities are organised for all shortlisted pubs and members are encouraged to try them out. All valid survey forms are then collated in mid-February and the result declared in March.

Since 2015 we have also been presenting an award Club of the Year and Cider Pub of the Year.

List of previous Pub of the Year winners


Pub of the Season

Every quarter we select a Town and a Country Pub of the Season. This is done by ballot at our branch meetings in October, January, April and July. We make a conscious effort to spread the net as widely as possible and we are still finding new pubs that we feel are worth bringing to the drinking public’s attention; we see no point in choosing our own personal favourites again and again. There’s a full list of all the previous winners below.

Shortlists of three are agreed from all nominations received at the preceding branch meeting. Any branch member can make nomination(s) to the Secretary before the meeting by email, telephone or letter. Any pub that sells real ale in the branch area can be nominated, except any that have won the award in the previous year. You need to be prepared to briefly address the meeting (or find someone else to do it on your behalf) on why your pub(s) should be chosen. Alternatively, you can submit a written report for the Chair (or another nominated person) to read out to the meeting. We arrange a celebration event at the winning pubs and it is traditional for the nominator to present the coveted framed certificate.

Current Pub of the Season winners

SeasonCity Pub WinnerTown & Country Winner
Summer 2017Slip InnGeorge & Dragon, West Haddlesey
Spring 2017Brew YorkBay Horse, Burythorpe
Winter 2016Blue Bell, YorkMoors Inn, Appleton le Moors
Autumn 2016Eagle & Child, YorkLord Collingwood, Upper Poppleton

List of previous Pub of the season winners