CAMRA Club of the Year Finalists 2015aletalk
The four clubs that have made it into the final four are award-winning CAMRA clubs from the across the country and between them have won almost thirty accolades. The clubs cater to members with interests as far ranging as motoring, the RAF and politics – but all share a love of real ale.
The four club of the year finalists are:
Albatross RAFA Club, Bexhill-on-Sea
This friendly club welcomes CAMRA members; it has been the local Club of the Year since 2012 and regional Club of the Year in 2013.
It hosts popular beer festivals in April and September in its large function room and has a full diary of regular social events including jazz, folk and quiz nights. They stock beers from local brewers such as Rother Valley, Weltons and Dark Star.
The comprehensive range of upcoming beers is listed on a blackboard behind the bar. The club boasts an interesting collection of RAF memorabilia.
Albatross RAFA Club Website
Cheltenham Motor Club
This friendly and welcoming club, formed in 1906, is open to all including CAMRA members that have their membership cards with them.
The usually has five ales on tap and Thatcher’s Heritage cider. The club is divided into a bar/TV room and a games room separated by a folding partition.
The bar is decorated with motoring paraphernalia and an extensive collection of pump clips.
Cheltenham Motor Club Website
Kinver Constitutional Club
Built in 1902 on the site of an old pub, this converted hotel has three main areas: a smart restaurant, a large snooker room and a bar always dispensing 8-10 real ales and as many as 18 for special events, at reasonable prices.
The club enjoys an enviable sporting reputation and hosts regular quiz and music nights. Card-carrying CAMRA members welcome but must be signed in, groups should book ahead.
Kinver has won the local branch COTY every year since 2007 and National Club of the Year in 2011.
Kinver Constitutional Club Website
Orpington Liberal Club
This superb club is a runner-up in the 2014 CAMRA National Club of the year competition. It is also the Greater London Club of the Year for 2013, and has been the Club of the Year for the local CAMRA branch (Bromley) for the last three years.
The refurbished club is free of tie and is run by a real ale enthusiast who doesn’t serve regular beers, but purely guests with particular focus on local beers and micro breweries. Nearly 200 different real ales were served in 2013 and prices are extremely competitive.
The club has regular live music, runs occasional beer festivals, and has a large rear garden.
Orpington Liberal Club Website
John Holland, Chairman of CAMRA‘s Clubs Advisory Group and one of the judges to determine the finalists commented: “CAMRA’s Club of the Year Competition continues to go from strength to strength as more and more clubs show great commitment to quality real ale.
“This has made it increasingly difficult to become a CAMRA Regional Club of the Year and then get through to the final. Therefore I anticipate an extremely close fight to become CAMRA‘s Club of the Year 2016“.
The four finalists will now have to wait until Spring next year to discover which will be named CAMRA‘s Club of the Year.