ALE Summer 1998 No. 291

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.

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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