Pub of the Year

There are around 400 pubs in the South Devon CAMRA branch area and each winter a short list is drawn up of suitable candidates for Pub of the Year based on beer scores entered by members throughout the year. It's a very difficult task as there are so many excellent pubs in our area.

For the annual competition we draw up a short list of candidates at our branch meeting in January incorporating the best Town and best Rural pubs. Over a period of the following two months each of the shortlisted pubs are visited anonymously by many of the active branch members who score the pubs on a number of categories including:

1) Quality of Real Ale

2) Style, Décor, Furnishing and Cleanliness

3) Service, Welcome and Offering

4) Community Focus and Atmosphere

5) Alignment with CAMRA Principles

6) Overall Impression

At our March branch meeting votes are cast by all members who had visited all of the shortlisted pubs based on the criteria above. This concludes in a Winner and Runner Up in both the Town and Rural Pub categories followed by another vote to choose an Overall Winner.

You can see 2019's winners on the Pub Awards page. All of the winners and runners up receive a certificate by means of a presentation at the pub giving good publicity and support to the pub.

There is a full explanation of the South Devon CAMRA Branch Pub Of The Year Selection Process in the Members' Area and the national guidelines can be found within the CAMRA website in the Volunteers Area

We also make awards to the chosen South Devon CAMRA Club of the Year and South Devon CAMRA Cider Pub of the Year.

If you'd like to become more involved in CAMRA and help us select next year's Branch Pub of the Year and if you're not already a member why not join CAMRA, and then come along to one of our monthly branch meetings. You can join at CAMRA Join Us.

The Taphouse and Bottle Shop in Newton Abbot wins Town Pub and Overall Pub of the Year 2019, two years after founders Jonathan Webber and Richard Goodfellow decided over a beer to open a micro pub, and realised the potential of The Maltings as the perfect venue. Initially run by Sam Webber it was seamlessly taken over by current manager Becks Connett.

Over at The Tally Ho in Littlehempston, Mike and Kelly Joiner have won Country Pub of the Year 2019. They maintain the community ethos that was at the heart of previous owner Littlehempston Community Pub’s concept. At the time of writing Mike is planning his next beer and music festival over the weekend of 17 & 18th August.

Dale Holwell at the Conservative Club in Shaldon received the Club of the Year award as he leaves the club. We thank him for his welcome to CAMRA members and wish him the best for the future.

The Bridford Inn in Bridford won the Cider Pub of the Year 2019.