Pubs of the Year & Season

Pub of the Year

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.

2017 winners

2017 Pub of the YearWaggon & Horses, York
2017 Cider Pub of the YearMaltings, York
2017 Club of the YearYork Railway Institute

PUB OF THE YEAR: Waggon & Horses, Lawrence Street, York.
This is the second time this Bateman’s pub has won, previously a winner in 2012 under Paul and Mandy Marshall. Tom and Paulina Renshaw have made an excellent job of continuing the award-winning formula. It is popular with locals, students and beer enthusiasts alike and a deserved winner. Our celebration evening is on Wednesday 19th July, where we will present the engraved trophy and framed certificate. All welcome.

CIDER PUB OF THE YEAR: Maltings, Tanners Moat, York.
Shaun and Maxine Collinge are celebrating their 25th year running the pub this year so it is a pleasure to see them get this award in 2017. Maltings is always a strong contender in the awards and a multiple winner for Pub and Cider Pub of the year. Our presentation evening is on Wednesday 21st June, all welcome.

CLUB OF THE YEAR: York Railway Institute, Queen Street, York.
This is a recent award York Branch have been making to encourage recognition for Clubs who offer real ale. This is a first win for the RI who are well known for providing city centre educational and recreational facilities for many years, but they also have a bar that sells real ale. We have the presentation evening on Wednesday 7th June, all welcome.

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