Pubs of the Year 2016

 

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The Old Green Tree, Green Street, Bath

Bath & Borders Branch Overall Pub of the Year 2016

 

Congratulations to Tim Bethune and his team at the Old Green Tree on being awarded the accolade of Pub of the Year for the Bath & Borders branch of CAMRA. The Old Green Tree, a previous branch Pub of the Year in 2005, is undoubtedly one of the best pubs in Bath if what you want is a warm and welcoming place to fall into conversation with a varied selection of real ales and ciders (and also wines and spirits). The snug interior, made up of three distinct areas, and the luxurious wood paneling throughout, seems designed with pub conversation in mind. The beer range includes a house beer, brewed exclusively for the pub by the Blindman’s brewery, near Frome. There are normally four other beers available, all sourced from breweries within a roughly 80-mile radius of Bath and always encompassing a variety of styles from the light and hoppy to the dark and heavy. The draught lager is the Czech-made Budweiser Budvar. And it doesn’t end there. The bar also boasts an impressive selection of bottled beers and ciders, a great variety of wines and a large choice of single malt whiskies. All the food, down to the chutneys and salad dressings, is freshly prepared in the kitchen upstairs, with the most soughtafter item being the properly-rare roast beef platter with horseradish.

 

The Fox & Hounds Deverill Road, Warminster

Bath & Border Branch Rural Pub of the Year 2016

 

Congratulations to Chris and Marion Pitcher at the Fox & Hounds on winning the Rural Pub of the Year title. The Fox & Hounds has clocked up many branch awards in recent years, including Community Pub of the Year, Rural Pub of the Year and, in 2012, the overall branch Pub of the Year. This freehouse is well supported by the local community and caters for all walks of life from men’s and ladies’ darts and skittle teams to the local church’s choral society, all ages from young to old, and drinkers of all beverages (including both real ale and real cider), all at a very reasonable prices. The partitioned large bar to the left of the main entrance has a darts bar at the front of pub, an area with a big screen for those eager to watch sport and, tucked behind a partition, the pool table. Beyond the main bar, in a major extension of the pub undertaken by Chris around six years ago, is the large skittle alley and club room with its own bar. To the right of the main entrance is the cosy snug bar, an ideal room for small meetings or just having a quiet drink whilst reading the newspaper. The pub’s three beers include two from the nearby Wessex brewery – Warminster Warrior’s and, exclusive to the pub, Foxy’s Best – and a constantly changing guest beer, whilst the range of seven real ciders includes Thatcher’s and Rich’s as mainstays. A well-attended presentation was held on the evening of Tuesday 28th April at which branch chairman James Honey handed over this well-deserved certificate to Chris and Marion.