1998 Pub Awards
The CAMRA National Pub of the Year is the Volunteer Arms, Musselburgh (near Edinburgh).
Manager Nigel Findlay, one of the Stagg family who have owned this locals bar since 1858, said
"I was stunned when I heard the news. There are a lot of good pubs out there, so we must have done something right.
We run a no-nonsense boozer and concentrate on what we do best - selling beer.
We give good value for money and only sell three or four real ales so we can ensure that we keep them in excellent condition. "
The Volunteer is a traditional community pub, featuring dark wood panelling and a superb gantry, priding itself on a warm welcome
and an absence of music.
Runners-up in the short-list of four were:
Cambridge CAMRA's Pub of the Year competition was split into two for the
first time, after complaints that the rural gem would always beat the town community pub.
The rural winner is the Green Man, Thriplow with its recently
completed refurbishment and outstanding selection of real ales.
The urban winner is the Free Press, Prospect Row, where Greene King beer tastes
markedly different, drier than usual, and the air, of course, is much fresher.
- 1997 Greater London Pub of the Year, the Windsor Castle, Carshalton, a large one-bar pub offering a good range
of guest ales from micro-breweries, priding itself on full measure.
- from the Cotswolds, the Old Spot, Dursley, Gloucs, recently refurbished after being declared unviable by Whitbread.
Regular folk, blues, chess and boules.
- on CAMRA's National Inventory of historic pub interiors, the Three Kings, Hanley Castle, Worcs, was
CAMRA's 1993 National Pub of the Year. In the same family for almost 90 years.
The latter went forward to the County contest where it will be competing with
the Peterborough entry, the Palmerston Arms, Oundle Road.
[There was no entry from the St Neots area.]
The winner goes forward to compete in the Anglian Pub of the Year contest.
These are the first steps in the competition towards next year's National Pub of the Year.
Other local pubs considered were all previous winners (except the Prince Albert, Quy)
together with the Six Bells, Fulbourn and the Bees in the Wall, Whittlesford, in the rural competition,
plus the Live and Let Live, Mawson Rd. and the Maypole, Park St., in the urban section.
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