LocAle Pub of the Year
Nottingham CAMRA has over 170 pubs accredited to its LocAle scheme and each year a competition is held to award one of them the accolade of “LocAle Pub of the Year”.
The competition is rust over two stages. Firstly, each edition of Nottingham Drinker features a selection of the pubs, based on geographical location, and the public are invited to nominate two pubs from each area to produce twelve finalists.
For the second stage , volunteer judges visit the twelve throughout July and August awarding scores for the quality and the range of locally produced beers and ciders. Typically over 100 separate surveys are undertaken before an overall winner is declared.
Previous Winners of the Competition
The competition was inaugurated in 2012 and the winners to date have been as follows;
- 2012 – Flying Horse, Arnold
- 2013 – The Gate Inn, Awsworth
- 2014 – Hand & Heart, city Centre
- 2015 – Lincolnshire Poacher, City Centre
- 2016 – Horse & Jockey Stapleford
- 2017 – The Star, Beeston
- 2018 – Tap & Growler, Eastwood
- 2019 – The Star, Beeston
- 2020 – Miners Return, Kimberley
2020 Nottingham “LocAle Pub” of the Year – WINNER: THE MINERS RETURN, KIMBERLEY
The annual “LocAle” Pub of the Year is now in its ninth year and the 2020 winner is the Miners Return, Kimberley.
In the Nottingham area there were 172 pubs that have received “LocAle” accreditation (they are required to stock a locally brewed beer or cider and the beer/cider must be of good quality).
Each edition of Nottingham Drinker features a selection of the pubs, based on geographical location, and the public are invited to nominate two pubs from each area to produce twelve finalists. This year the finalists were:
- Miners Return, Kimberley
- Beer Shack, Hucknall
- Star Inn, Beeston
- Millipede, Stapleford
- Robin Hood and Little John, Arnold
- Brickyard, Carlton
- Poppy & Pint
- Frame Breakers, Ruddington
- Vat & Fiddle
- King William IV, Sneinton
- Sir John Borlase Warren, Canning Circus
Judges visited the pubs throughout July and August awarding scores for the quality and the range of locally produced beers and ciders and The miners Return was duly adjudged the overall winner.
“As one would expect the finalists were all high-quality pubs – having already won through from the preliminary rounds and the winner therefore had to be outstanding” said Andrew Ludlow, Secretary, Nottingham CAMRA. He added “The Miners Return is to be commended on its consistency and high quality beers and ciders”
On being told that the pub had won, Deb, owner said.” Well that’s brilliant! But we can’t take all the credit ourselves, we have lots of micro-breweries in our area and all of them produce fantastic ales which our customers simply enjoy. We only buy local ale to ensure our local micro-breweries continue”.
The Miners Return is owned by Deb & Dewby “We didn’t have a local pub and the Kimberley Miners Welfare had closed its doors. So when opportunity knocked it was only right to reinstate the Miners! Only on a much smaller scale. We know find we as the ‘community hub’ and we all pull together”.