Pub & Club Awards Criteria

ANNUAL AWARDS
All pub and club annual awards are voted upon at the Branch AGM in Jaunuary each year. Voting takes place on the night for all annual awards. Online, postal and proxy voting is not permitted. Although the AGM is open to the public, only Wigan CAMRA branch members are permitted to take part in the voting process. Any pubs/bars/clubs that have been open for less than 3 months are automatically excluded from the annual awards process.

PUB OF THE YEAR
Awarded annually to a pub/bar which in the opinion of the membership “ticks all the boxes” based upon guidance established by CAMRA. The winner of our ‘Pub of the Year’ is automatically forwarded into the Greater Manchester Regional round of the CAMRA National Pub Of The Year award.

All pubs listed in the current edition of CAMRA’s Good Beer Guide are automatically eligible for our Pub Of The Year award. As are the four preceeding Pub of the Season winners. A list of qualifying pubs/bars will be provided by our Pubs Officer in advance of the AGM. It’s anticipated that around 24 pubs will be considered for our Pub of the Year award. Round 1 voting (by show of hands) reduces this to a shortlist of 3 to 5 pubs. Round 2 voting (by secret ballot) determines the winner and runner-up. In the event of a tie, our Chairperson has the casting vote.

CIDER PUB OF THE YEAR
This award recognises a pub, bar or club that has best excelled in the promotion of real traditional draught ciders and perries appropriately served. CAMRA Guidleines are also observed.

Due to relatively small numbers, all pubs/bars/clubs designated as serving real cider or perry on Whatpub.com for our branch area are considered eligible for the award. A list of qualifying pubs/bars will be provided by our Pubs Officer in advance of the AGM. It’s anticiptaed that around 22 pubs/bars/clubs will be considered for our Cider Pub of the Year award without the need for a shortlisting process.. Voting (by show of hands) determines the winner and runner-up. In the event of a tie, our Chairperson has the casting vote.

CLUB OF THE YEAR
Awarded annually to the club which shows the greatest commitment to quality real ale based upon similar CAMRA guidance for the ‘Pub of the Year’. Additionally, CAMRA members must be welcomed to drink in the club on production of a current CAMRA membership card (guest admission fees and maximum visits before joining the club may apply). The winner of our ‘Club of the Year’ is automatically forwarded into the Greater Manchester Regional round of the CAMRA National Club Of The Year award.

Due to relatively small numbers, all clubs designated as serving real ale, cider or perry on Whatpub.com for our branch area are considered eligible for the award. As such, it is anticipated that around 9 clubs will be considered for our Cider Pub of the Year award without the need for a shortlisting process. Voting (by show of hands) determines the winner and runner-up. In the event of a tie, our Chairperson has the casting vote.

BEST NEW CASK OUTLET (Pub)
Awarded annually to the pub/bar which, having opened in the 15 months preceding the AGM, best fulfils the attributes of a good pub based upon the same CAMRA guidance for the ‘Pub Of The Year’. Pubs/bars and clubs which have re-opened after a period of closure shall be eligible if they had been closed for a period of 12 months or more before re-opening under new management. A list of qualifying pubs/bars will be provided by our Pubs Officer in advance of the AGM.

Due to the small number of pubs/bars meeting the eligibilty criteria each year, there is no shortlisting process. Voting (by show of hands) determines the winner and runner-up. In the event of a tie, our Chairperson has the casting vote.

BEST NEW CASK OUTLET (Club)
Same criteria as for ‘Best New Cask Outlet (Pub)’ but for clubs rather than pubs/bars.

COMMUNITY PUB OF THE YEAR
Awarded annually to the pub/bar which is considered to best embody the attributes of a true community pub and which has a sense of the pub belonging to the people and the local community. Of course, the pub/bar must still fulfil the attributes of a good pub based upon the same CAMRA guidance for the ‘Pub Of The Year’.

Other criteria to consider could include:
: Notice boards featuring local events
: Sports teams linked with the pub
: Pub games team nights held
: Hosting of meetings for local community groups.
: Organisation of charity fundraisers#
: Organisation of trips for customers
: Provision of services to the community (e.g. post office, parcel collection, shop)

Nominations for this award can be made in advance or ‘on the night’ of the AGM. The nominee must provide evidence (verbal or otherwise) in support of their nomination. It is anticipated that no more than 6 pubs/bars will be considered for this award and, as such, there is no need for a shortlisting process. Voting (by show of hands) determines the winner and runner-up. In the event of a tie, our Chairperson has the casting vote.