Pub of the Year 2022
Congratulations to the The Blue Bell, Fossgate on being awarded our Pub of the Year 2022!
A well-deserved winner among a tough field of eight excellent nominees. Thank you also to all members who helped whittle down the hundreds of fantastic pubs in our branch area and who ranked the final shortlist.
Congratulating the Blue Bell on their win, Chairman Chris Tregellis said:
“Whenever I visit the Blue Bell I always seem to get into a pleasant conversation with someone and always enjoy the experience. It’s fitting that the Blue Bell should be our 2022 Pub of the Year and I look forward to chatting to many more real ale drinkers on 22nd June when the presentation is made.”
We are looking forward to celebrating The Blue Bell at our presentation evening on June 22 alongside CAMRA members and regulars.
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.
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
|Season||City Pub Winner||Town & Country Winner|
|Spring 2022||The Minster Inn, Marygate||The Doghouse, Selby|
|Winter 2021||The Ackhorne, St Martin's Lane||The Bay Horse, Burythorpe|
|Autumn 2021||None awarded due to Covid-19||None awarded due to Covid-19|
|Summer 2021||None awarded due to Covid-19||None awarded due to Covid-19|
|Spring 2021||None awarded due to Covid-19||None awarded due to Covid-19|
|Winter 2020||None awarded due to Covid-19||None awarded due to Covid-19|
|Autumn 2020||None awarded due to Covid-19||None awarded due to Covid-19|
|Summer 2020||None awarded due to Covid-19||None awarded due to Covid-19|
|Spring 2020||None awarded due to Covid-19||None awarded due to Covid-19|
|Winter 2019||The Shambles Tavern, Shambles||The Marcia Inn, Bishopthorpe|
|Autumn 2019||The Knavesmire Hotel, Albermarle Road||The Coach House Inn, Rosedale|
|Summer 2019||The Volunteer Arms, Watson Street||The Doghouse, Selby|
|Spring 2019||The House of the Trembling Madness, Lendal||The Market Tap, Pocklington|
|Winter 2018||The Fox, Holgate Road||The Three Hares Inn, Bilbrough|
|Autumn 2018||The Gillygate, Gillygate||The Golden Lion, Helperby|
|Summer 2018||The Wellington Inn, Alma Terrace||The New Inn, Cliffe|
|Spring 2018||Three Legged Mare, High Petergate||The Lion Inn, Blakey Ridge|
|Winter 2017||The Swan, Clementhorpe||The Blacksmiths Arms, Lastingham|
|Autumn 2017||The Ackhorne, St Martin's Lane||The Hare and Hounds, Holme-on-Spalding Moor|
|Summer 2017||Slip Inn||George & Dragon, West Haddlesey|
|Spring 2017||Brew York||Bay Horse, Burythorpe|
|Winter 2016||Blue Bell, York||Moors Inn, Appleton le Moors|
|Autumn 2016||Eagle & Child, York||Lord Collingwood, Upper Poppleton|