Annual West Midlands Christmas Awards Social

Saturday 27th December, Bartons Arms, Aston Birmingham. Depart from Burton Bridge 10am, return by 9:30pm calling at a pub on the way home. Picking up and dropping off at Scalpcliffe Road, Stapenhill Church, Branston Church, Barton Main Street, Alrewas and Lichfield Bus Station. No buffet this year but meals can be purchased. Only 33 seats available so book soon. Please contact May Arthur.

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Presentation at the Cooper’s Tavern

So congratulations go out to the the Cooper’s Tavern for winning a Silver Medal (it seems’ everything is going Olympic themed) in the West Midlands Cider Pub of The Year.

Members of the committee and the Regional Cider Representative, Sally Lavendar will be having a small presentation at the Cooper’s on Wednesday the 29th August at 7:30pm. Especially if you’re not familiar with this wonderfully historic and friendly pub in Burton, come along, say hello and try a few of the ciders! As ever, plenty of casks of ale if Cider’s not your thing.

Pub of the year presentation at the Admiral Rodney

Several members of the branch joined me to present the Admiral Rodney in Hartshorne with our South Derbyshire Pub Of The Year award. This is the second time that the Rodney has won Branch PotY having last taken home the trophy in 2007.

The Branch Pub of the Year (PotY) is initially shortlisted by the branch based upon the National Beer Scoring System (NBSS). Following this the contenders (usually around 7 pubs) are visited by a panel of judges from the branch who assess various criteria including Beer Quailty, Atmosphere and Community Focus. When everything is added up, whoever has the most points becomes the Pub of the Year.

Back at the Rodney, having said a few words of congratulation, we stuck around to sample the ales and gave the pub quiz our best collective shot (9pm every Friday!), coming in a modest second place. We were promised it’s not always so Olympics-themed!

Pictures to come!