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Wortley wins club crown

By thirsty hack Ignatius Rake

Posted March 17, 2015
wortley men's club named camra club of the year

CAMRA names Wortley Men's Club in South Yorkshire National Club of the Year.


Wortley Men's Club1 in Wortley, South Yorkshire has beaten off more than 28,000 clubs across the UK to be land the Campaign for Real Ale's (CAMRA) National Club of the Year Award, making it, in the words of a CAMRA press release, "the best Club for real ale anywhere in the UK".

Described in CAMRA's Good Beer Guide 2015 as being situated "in the heart of this pretty village", the club "is surrounded by open countryside" and boasts an "impressive" exterior "with traditional timber framing and a small beer garden".

"The opulent interior has ornate ceilings, a small bar area, a plush lounge and a large games room," the Guide continues.

"The guest ale comes from a local brewery and a guest draught cider is always kept."


COMMUNITY SERVICE
"We are overjoyed at receiving this award," says club steward Nigel Pickering.

"It is beyond our expectations."

"We introduced cask beer in 1997 with one pump and we now have four pumps and one real cider available."

"This year [we] will be holding our third annual Beer Festival, which will offer 40 beers and 10 ciders."

"We try to be active in the local community: we are part of a small village and hold events in conjunction with the local businesses and church, most recently a Brass Band Competition, and we have also raised money for the Yorkshire Air Ambulance through our Beer Festival."


COMMITMENT TO QUALITY
"Wortley Men's Club is hugely deserving of this prestigious CAMRA award," adds competition organiser John Holland of Club Mirror magazine2, which joined forces with CAMRA three years ago to find the country's best real ale clubs.

"Not only is it a beautiful period building, but the steward's commitment to quality real ale and the welcome you receive really is second to none."

"The club itself, of course, serves men and women and is free to visit for CAMRA members, but I think you would think yourself extremely lucky to have this as your local club and I can see why it remains as popular as ever with members as well proving a hit with competition judges."

The CAMRA Club of the Year 2015 Award will be presented at the Wortley Men's Club (Reading Room Lane, Wortley, Sheffield, S35 7DB) at 15:00 local time today (17/3/15) by CAMRA national director Keith Spencer.

Hats off too to the three other competition finalists, viz Cheltenham Motor Club in Gloucestershire; Appleton Thorn Village Hall in Cheshire; and Poole Ex-Servicemans (RBL) Club in Dorset.

Clubs wishing to enter next year's contest should complete an online form to be found on the CAMRA website by May 1, 2015, although that said the link we were sent doesn't seem to work so you might have to do a bit of a trawl to find it as we couldn't.

Sorry about that.

Anyway, time for a pint.

Cheers!


See also Salutes to the Salutation, posted 17/2/15.


Ignatius Rake
is a freelance journalist, geographer and world traveller who has visited more than 70 countries on six continents. In 2013, he represented the UK at the Fourth Annual Smoke's Poutinerie World Poutine Eating Championship in Toronto, coming an abysmal last and getting his arse royally whipped by Rake & Herald reader and Major League Eating speedscarfing supremo Joey 'Jaws' Chestnut. He has been known to like a pint.


Footnotes

1) Despite it's name, the club is open to both men and women. Indeed, CAMRA notes that part of the eligibility criteria for the Club of the Year competition "is that the club must allow admittance to CAMRA members, both male and female."

2) To be honest, the press release isn't very clear about that but that's what we infer from the context.



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