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Pub Of The Year 2012
DERBY CAMRA Pubs of the Year 2012
Derby CAMRA has selected its Pubs of the Year for 2012......
The City Pub of the Year is the Five Lamps on Duffield Road in Derby with the runners-up being the Alexandra Hotel on Siddals Road and Rowditch Inn on Uttoxeter New Road.
The Country Pub of the Year is the Royal Oak in Ockbrook with the runners-up being the Royal Oak in Wirksworth and the Barley Mow in Kirk Ireton.
The Five Lamps takes the City title for the first time while the Royal Oak wins the Country award for the second year running. Both were presented with their certificates at special celebration evenings held at the pubs (see photos).
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 15 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 Five Lamps and Royal Oak are more than worthy winners where good beer and atmosphere are guaranteed." He continued, "The transformation of the Five Lamps over the last two years has been nothing short of remarkable and credit must be given to Graham & Janette Browettand 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 36 years due to the quality of its ales."
The Five Lamps has also been crowned Derby CAMRA Pub of the Year 2012 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, Burton, Chesterfield, Erewash Valley, High Peak, Matlock & Dales, Mansfield, and Sheffield. The winner of the Derbyshire round will be announced in June after a similar judging process has taken place.
The Five Lamps