Surrey Hants Borders

Campaign for Real Ale

Campaign for Real Ale

Branch Pub of the Year and Club of the Year Presentations 2019

Tuesday 21 May 2019

Surrey Hants Borders Branch of CAMRA is delighted to announce the winners of our Pub, Cider Pub and Club of the Year competition.

Branch Pub of the Year – Crown Horsell

For the first time in a number of years Surrey Hants Borders Branch has a new Branch Pub of the Year.

The top pub in 2019 is a first time winner of the award, the Crown, Horsell, serving up an excellent range of real ales including a good selection from Thurston's Brewery located just two doors down the High Street. The pub has been a long time supporter of quality real ales, having been a constant feature in CAMRAs Good Beer Guide since 2012. Three hand pumps are reserved for Thurstons, whilst the other three serve beers from other local breweries and a few from further afield.

With over 200 pubs to choose from, it wasn't an easy task to pick a winner, but the Crown is a worthy winner. The award isn’t just about the excellent range of beers Antoinette and John sell, but also about their high quality as well as the warm and friendly atmosphere at the pub. At a time when some pubs are struggling to survive it's great to see a pub doing so well by concentrating on simple things such as great beer.

The Branch will be presenting a certificate to mark the success on Thursday 27>th June at 8pm so why not come along and sample beers at the best pub in Surrey Hants Borders.

Branch Club of the Year – Railway and Athletic Club, Woking

Unlike the Crown, the Branch Club of the Year is no stranger to the top place as 2019 is the 5th successive year the club has won the award. This friendly and lively social club is tucked away near Victoria Arch, serving an ever-changing selection of ales, often from local breweries, normally three at a time. One side of the bar is sports orientated, with darts, (free to play) pool and Sky Sports, while the other side is quieter. CAMRA members are welcome at all times, simply show a CAMRA membership card or copy of the current Good Beer Guide, in which the Club is an entry. Alternatively come to our presentation evening at the Club which is taking place on Tuesday 25th June.

Highly Commended Club – Guildford Hospitals' Social Club

Whilst the Railway & Athletic Club may have won the Branch Club of the Year Award for a number of years, it was far from a foregone conclusion. In recognition of this we are also awarding to Highly Commended Certificates in recognition of other local clubs that are great supporters of real ale. The first of these is the Guildford Hospitals' Social Club which is the social club at the Royal Surrey Hospital, Guildford. The club is only available to the 900 staff and members of the Hospital Trust and not patients, although CAMRA members are welcome to visit for a drink. Our presentation of their certificate will be taking place at the CAMRA Branch Meeting being held at the Club on Wednesday 3rd July and again everyone is welcome

Highly Commended Club – Elstead Royal British Legion Club

Our second highly commended award has gone to the Elstead Royal British Legion Club.

This club is housed in a wonderful timber-framed Grade II listed 16th century former farmhouse, in the village of Elstead. The club has a strong pubby feel and CAMRA Members are welcome to visit for a drink, where Sharps Doom Bar is supplemented by a couple of guest beers. We're aiming to presented the club with their certificate at our Branch Meeting Wednesday 4th September at 8pm

Branch Cider & Perry Pub of the Year – Star Inn, Godalming.

For the 7th time in succession the presentation to the Branch Cider Pub of the Year takes place on Tuesday 28th May at 8pm.  The Star, Godalming that shines as a beacon supporting real cider, when few other pubs in the area do, whilst still selling an excellent range of real ales too.

However the Star is especially renowned for its selection of ciders and perries, with around six from an ever changing range, sourced by landlord, Andy Mounsey, directly from the National Cider Farm in Sussex. The Star usually stocks a draft mead and there is also a separate Stable Cider Bar in the garden which serves a different range of ciders together with a single real ale. This bar is open Thursday to Sunday.