CAMRA, the Campaign for Real Ale, has announced its 5oth Anniversary Pub Awards.
The organisation was formed in 1971 when four enthusiasts who were opposed to the growing trend of mass production of beer met in a bar in Dunquin, Kerry, Ireland. The next year an AGM was held with interest growing rapidly and membership soon reaching 5,000 with marches, demonstrations and petitions being a major part of active campaigning.
It continued to grow as it campaigned to prevent brewery takeovers and to reduce the stranglehold big brewers had on the pub trade. At national level it became more active at government level and fought for fairer taxation, reduced duty and better conditions for breweries and publicans.
Local groups formed across the country and arranged beer festivals, published guides, ran ale trails and selected entries for its Good Beer Guide. At one point it exceeded 190,000 members, although that has begun to fall in recent times.
The 50th Anniversary Pub Awards are a part of recognising its long history.
THE AWARD RECIPIENTS
Few will deny that the local public house is one of the country’s most important assets providing a social and economic benefit to local communities.
Two Hampshire pubs received awards – the Prince of Wales in Farnborough, and the Hole in the Wall in Portsmouth. Congratulations to them.
Regrettably there are none in our part of Hampshire.
Are there any you think would also be deserving? (use our comment form)
Full list of Pub Award winners (Hampshire recipients in bold)
Bell Inn, Aldworth, Berkshire
Fat Cat, Norwich, Norfolk
Queen’s Head, Newton, Cambridgeshire
Red Lion, Preston, Hertfordshire
Royal Oak, Ockbrook, Derbyshire
Buckingham Arms, Westminster, London
Leyton Orient Supporters Club, Leyton, London
Star Tavern, Belgravia, London
The Crown, Horwich, Greater Manchester
The Berry, Walmer, Kent
Appleton Thorn Village Hall, Appleton Thorn, Cheshire
Borough Arms, Crewe, Cheshire
Roscoe Head, Liverpool, Merseyside
Steamboat, South Shields, Tyne and Wear
Weavers, Strathaven, Lanarkshire, Scotland
British Lion, Devizes, Wiltshire
New Inn, Kilmington, Devon
Ye Olde Cider Bar, Newton Abbot, Devon
Barley Mow, Shepperton, Middlesex
Prince of Wales, Farnborough, Hampshire
Penrhyn Arms, Penrhynside, Conwy, Wales
Hole in the Wall, Portsmouth, Hampshire
Lamplighter, St Helier, Jersey
Square & Compass, Worth Matravers, Dorset
All Nations, Madeley, Telford, Shropshire
Crown Inn, Oakengates, Telford, Shropshire
Griffin Inn, Shustoke, Warwickshire
Sir Robert Peel, Tamworth, Staffordshire
Squirrel Inn, Rugby, Warwickshire
Swan with Two Necks, Pendleton, Lancashire
Corn Dolly, Bradford, West Yorkshire
Fighting Cock, Bradford, West Yorkshire
Happy Pint has asked the nearest CAMRA group (Basingstoke) if any local pubs were nominated and awaits a reply.