Pub of the Year – 2020 Winners
The judging for the Nottingham branch Pub of the Year 2020 took place at the beginning of 2020 with the results announced in March. Nominated pubs in the Nottingham area were judged on a number of criteria, including beer quality, warmth of welcome, style and community focus. A total of seventeen pubs were visited and judged by several local members of the branch.
Although our branch area is smaller than many the competition is divided into two categories, the urban area, including the city centre, and village pubs. A winner and runner up in each category are announced along with an overall winner. Normally the overall winner would go through to the Nottinghamshire round however due to the COVID 19 pandemic the subsequent rounds had to be cancelled. For the same reason there has been no competition during 2021.
The overall and urban winner was the Horse & Jockey in Stapleford. Previously, in 2013, the pub had been a National CAMRA Pub of the Year finalist. Known locally as ‘The Jockey’, this welcoming free house normally offers a choice of 13 real ales, including at least one mild or stout/porter, five of which are LocAle (i.e. brewed within 20 miles of the pub). The pub is split level with the main bar area featuring sofas and high tables and warmed by a wood burner, the upper seated area has tables and perimeter seating and also features a wood burner.
The overall and Urban runner up was the Poppy & Pint in Lady Bay, West Bridgford. This former British Legion Club was converted to a Castle Rock pub in 2011. There is a large main bar with a raised area and a family space with a café bar. Twelve handpumps feature on the bar alongside real ciders. There is a varied food menu, an outside area and a large function room.
The Village winner and also Cider Pub of the Year was the Old Green Dragon in Oxton. The pub was restored to its original glory in 2013 and has been a frequent winner in recent years. A solid oak bar greets the visitor and the pub is light and airy. Although open plan, there are four distinct drinking areas, with one designated as the snug, together with a separate restaurant area. Outside a patio area has been created and at the back is an enclosed garden.
The Village runner up was the Chestnut in Radcliffe on Trent. Originally the Cliffe Inn the pub had a major refurbishment in 2006. The interior is on two levels and the bar features seven hand pumps. There is a garden and food is available.