CAMRA announces the four Club of the Year finalistsaletalk
CAMRA announces finalists for the National Club of the Year competition
The CAMRA Club of the Year competition awards is run in conjunction with Club Mirror magazine with the simple aim of finding the best clubs serving real ale most committed to quality real ale – those which offer a fantastic atmosphere, welcoming surroundings and most importantly, top quality real ale served in great condition. Clubs are nominated by CAMRA branches across the country and judged by a panel of volunteer CAMRA members throughout the year.
The four finalists are:
The Albatross Club (RAFA), Bexhill
The Albatross Club won Club of the Year last year as well as multiple CAMRA awards. It always serves at least one local ale. The club holds regular beer festivals in April and September in its large function room as well as many social events such as jazz nights, quizzes and folk evenings.
The Albatross Club (RAFA) website
Dartford Working Men’s Club, Dartford
This CIU club boasts a selection of fifteen real ales on handpump as well as ciders on gravity. Up to four beer festivals are held each year and CAMRA members are welcome as guests.
Dartford Working Men’s Club website
Cheltenham Motor Club, Cheltenham
The club usually has five ales on tap and four ciders including Thatcher’s Heritage cider. The bar is decorated with motoring paraphernalia and an extensive collection of pump clips. The Club has once again made it to the final round because of its clearly demonstrable commitment to high quality real ale and welcoming atmosphere.
Cheltenham Motor Club website
Leyton Orient FC Supporters Club
Another previous Club of the Year award winner, the Leyton Orient FC has a great supporters club and is very friendly and welcoming, it usually offers a range of seven, and one or two ciders / perries. The club hosts two beer festivals each season as well as several special brewery-themed nights.
Leyton Orient FC Supporters Club website
The four finalists were presented with a commemorative plate yesterday at the Club Mirror Awards night. They will then have to wait until spring next year to discover which will be named CAMRA‘s Club of the Year.