Update @ Tue May 24th: The “most improved pub” nominations were pooled at the North Herts CAMRA branch meeting on May 23rd and those pubs with multiple nominations short-listed for the award. The contenders are:
- The Orange Tree, Baldock
- The Three Horseshoes, Willian
- The Victoria, Hitchin
- The Plough, Datchworth
We encourage members who know these pubs to check them out and help us select the winner at the next branch meeting (June 20th at The Crown in Buntingford.)
It is time for us to pick the pub that will receive North Hertfordshire CAMRA’s “Most Improved Pub” award. This isn’t simply a matter of “stocks more real ale” (which can sometimes be bad for ale quality) but covers any improvement that makes the local pub a more desirable place to pop into for a glass of real ale, cider, or perry. CAMRA’s pub-of-the-year criteria ranks the quality of the beverages served above all else, but to really tell pubs apart our members are asked to also look at other factors that make pubs great places to spend your time and cash. These factors include things like atmosphere, decor, customer service, and value for money. We would expect that any pub nominated does sell real ale of course.
- A landlord who’s finally won some freedom to stock different ales, especially LocAle ales.
- A decent real ale pub that has made the move to stocking real cider and perry as well.
- A once drab pub which has been revamped and transformed into a great place spend your time.
- The management at a pub has put some extra effort into serving the punters the perfect pint.
- A pub that hasn’t served real ale for years has given it a go, and is doing an excellent job of it.
These are just a few ideas. We’re sure you get the point – has a pub become a better pub? Is it moving towards being a Pub-of-the-Year contender (even if that’s from “not a chance” to “not so bad anymore…”)
Nominations are open now and must be in by the 23rd of May, you can get them to us via email or by personally contacting any North Herts CAMRA committee member you may know. (Be prepared to justify your nomination!) If you want to email your nomination send it to our branch secretary Gill Richardson, along with a brief summary as to why you’ve nominated your chosen pub, to: firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also nominate your chosen pub via Twitter, simply direct a tweet or two to @nh_camra. Or you can simply show up at our next branch meeting to submit your nomination, which will be held on the 23rd of May at Our Mutual Friend in Stevenage.
At the branch meeting on the 23rd the nominations we’ve received will be collated and a short-list decided (remember, all branch members are welcome to attend and take part in this process!)
The short-list will be distributed and the winner decided by the votes of our branch members. (We will publish more details along with the short-list.)