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Pub Of The Year 2011
DERBY CAMRA Pubs of the Year 2011
The Derby Branch of the Campaign for Real Ale has selected its Pubs of the Year for 2011.
The City Pub of the Year is the Old Silk Mill on Full St in Derby with the runners-up being the Babington Arms on Babington Lane and Horse & Groom on Elms Street.
The Country Pub of the Year is the Royal Oak in Ockbrook with the runners-up being the Barley Mow in Kirk Ireton and the Old Talbot in Hilton.
The Old Silk Mill takes the City title for the first time while the Royal Oak has been a previous winner of the Country award. Both held well attended Celebration Evenings during March & April.
The competition as always was keenly fought with the shortlist of six pubs being drawn up by votes from the entire Derby Branch Membership. A team of over 20 independent judges then visited each pub and marked the finalists over a six week period, visiting unannounced on different days of the week and at different times of the day. Each pub was judged in the following categories: - quality of the beer atmosphere, style & decor of the pub service and welcome clientele mix sympathy with CAMRA aims and whether it was a good value visit or not.
Derby CAMRA Chairman, Gareth Stead said, "That the competition had been particularly tough this year as all the pubs were very good but both the Old Silk Mill and Royal Oak are more than worthy winners where good beer and atmosphere are guaranteed." He continued, " The transformation of the Old Silk Mill over the last two years from a closed, run-down pub into a thriving City Centre, traditional boozer has been nothing short of remarkable and credit must be given to Terry& Janina Holmes and their staff for bringing this pub back to life again." He also added that, "The Royal Oak is simply an amazing village local right at the heart of community life which has been in the Good Beer Guide for about 36 years due to the quality of its ales.
The Old Silk Mill has also been crowned Derby CAMRA Pub of the Year 2011 by virtue of having the highest overall mark and it will now go forward into the Derbyshire Pub of the Year competition. Here it will compete with the winners of other local CAMRA Branches awards from Amber Valley, Chesterfield, Erewash Valley, High Peak, Matlock & Dales, Mansfield, and Sheffield.
The winner of the Derbyshire round will be announced later in the year after a similar judging process has taken place.