View Full Version : Your Pub of the Year 2011.

Bucking Fastard
31-12-2011, 10:57
If this was just down to beer quality,and coincidently price, then The Dragon Inn in Worcester would win hands down,but thinking about the complete experience my Pub of the Year goes to Coopers Tavern (http://www.pubsgalore.co.uk/pubs/34227/) in Burton on Trent.

A real pleasure to drink in,good ale,great interior,friendly and welcoming it ticked all the boxes in this famous brewing town.

What was your favourite in 2011 ?

Real Ale Ray
31-12-2011, 16:32
What was your favourite in 2011 ?

I have to say I have a few favourites found in 2011. My overall winner is the Victoria in Beeston, about a 6 min train journey out of Nottingham. It's a Victorian red brick building with sash windows and loads of original interior. A friendly welcome was well received and a good choice of ales. The lounge on the right still has the station waiting room feel about it and with the no mobiles policy, I thought it was fab - sitting back relaxing over a good pint on a Sat lunch time reading the newspaper.

31-12-2011, 21:18
This is a difficult one and my mind has changed several times, but a pub that was exactly what I wanted at the time earning a very rare 10/10 I'm going to say the Six Bells in Chiddingly.


01-01-2012, 21:44
As others have said, this is a tough question. But I think my vote goes to The Hope, in Carshalton.


02-01-2012, 10:14
Definitely a tough call, loads of old favourites in the frame but if I'm going to select a pub that was new to me last year, then the accolade goes to Guildford Arms (http://www.pubsgalore.co.uk/pubs/48954/) in Edinburgh.

02-01-2012, 12:00
Some fabulous pubs on many hugely enjoyable crawls including Black Country, Brum, Nottingham, wonderful Sheffield, Wakefield, Leeds, but my gong still resides at Stockport's Crown Inn (http://www.pubsgalore.co.uk/pubs/53526/)

Al 10000
02-01-2012, 15:44
I agreee this is an hard question,but i will only give it to a new pub to me over the last year and i have visited 161 new pubs in 2011.

The 5 runners and riders are

Sun Inn in acomb york
Snowshill Arms in Snowshill
Mount Inn in Stanton
Fox Inn in Monkton Green
Chandlers Arms in Shearsby

After much deliberation my pub of the year goes to the Mount Inn in Stanton,a Donnington tied house visited on a great day out.

02-01-2012, 18:12
This is a difficult one and my mind has changed several times, but a pub that was exactly what I wanted at the time earning a very rare 10/10 I'm going to say the Six Bells in Chiddingly.

Excellent pub-I gave it a rare 8 when I reviewed it on the Other Side in 2008. Unfortunately, haven't managed to go back since.

02-01-2012, 18:19
As a family of Bumpkins, we tend to stick to country pubs, so my country pub of the year is The Cricketers at Berwick in East Sussex. Wonderfully kept Harveys-not just Sussex BB as it is a tied house, good food and an attractive garden-important this!What's more, the beer is served by gravity.
On the urban front, I'll nominate the Blue Bell in Fossgate, York, a proper temple to ale.

Thuck Phat
03-01-2012, 10:43
I'm with Mr Fastard on both The Dragon and The Coopers Tavern and it's with great sadness that I seeThe Smithfield http://www.pubsgalore.co.uk/pubs/7223/ (http://www.pubsgalore.co.uk/pubs/7223/) in Derby has closed as it was my favourite in the city and had one of the best ale selections I've ever seen. So it falls to The Bartons Arms http://www.pubsgalore.co.uk/pubs/53682/ in Aston to take my Pub of the Year. A fabulous and unspoiled Victorian interior packed with features and teamed with top quality Oakham ale. If that's not enough, the Thai food served in the restaurant at the back is outstanding and goes very well with the ale.

03-01-2012, 13:53
The Baum will always be my local pub of the year but.....

The Marble Arch & The Knott in Manchester, Guildford Arms in Edinburgh, Newcastle Arms & Bacchus in Newcastle, Dun Cow & The Victoria in Durham, Brunswick in Derby, Mr Foleys in Leeds, The Old Bell in Harrogate, Vat & Fiddle & Salutation in Nottingham, Fly In The Loaf & Roscoe Head in Liverpool.

Any of these could have won as I've visited them all this year and there are probably loads more if I think about it.

Runner Up will be Victoria Inn (http://www.pubsgalore.co.uk/pubs/5591/). An absolute gem and one of my local haunts when I worked in Durham

Which reminds me I must write up a review.

But I'm going to go for The Brunswick Inn (http://www.pubsgalore.co.uk/pubs/7022/).

Love the place, especially in Winter with the real fires going. We'll be back there, probably more than once in February. :cheers:

03-01-2012, 17:22
I'm finally back from my annual Christmas trip to the Netherlands, so may I first of all wish everyone a belated Happy New Year - hope you all enjoyed yourselves this Christmas.

I've got a bit of catching up to do on the forums, but I thought I'd start with this thread, as it's a bit of a no brainer for me.

My POTY goes to the Grove in Huddersfield. I had the pleasure of visiting this place in May and again last month and it is probably as close to the perfect pub as I have ever found. An extemely rare 10/10.

The closest contender is the Halfway House in Brenchley, Kent. Walking into this pub was a jaw dropping experience and it remains the best example of an English countryside pub that I've encountered.

I gave 18 pubs a 9/10 rating this year and from that fine selection I will also mention The Brewery Tap in Peterborough, The Black Boy in Winchester, The Craft Beer Co in London, The Vat and Fiddle in Nottingham and The Sair Inn in Linthwaite.

10-01-2012, 18:24
Mr Foley's in Leeds - the only craft beer bar I know of that also has live sports.

Honorable mentions also go to Port St Beer House, the Euston Tap, Hop&Vine in Hull, the Grove in Huddersfield, Bacchus in Newcastle, and the Anchor in Birmingham.