Pub of the Year Winners


District Pub of the Year 2017

The Anglers Rest

The Anglers Rest in Bamford is a special place. In October 2013 after a long, hard fought campaign, it was purchased collectively by over 300 people and became the first community owned pub in the High Peak.

In late 2012, The Bamford Community Society, a community benefit society, was formed in order to purchase the pub, after it was threatened with closure. The community society had an overwhelming response, working together to save the Anglers.  Asset of Community Value (ACV) status was obtained with High Peak Borough Council (HPBC) in May 2013. This provided a clear breathing space while business plans were formulated.

Since re-opening, local volunteers have renovated and improve the facilities. The pub has thrived. It is now a viable and sustainable business – the pub, the post office and café are all under the one roof with a large village car park adjacent. Under the management of a professional team, it provides a warm welcome to local people and visitors alike.

There is a full events programme including a weekly quiz and monthly folk sessions and vinyl club. The Anglers also has an outdoor tool station for emergency repairs and cycle racks.

The pub has a wide selection of real ales from the local area and beyond.  Local brewery, Intrepid, regularly feature, as well as Black Sheep and ales from Kelham Island and Abbeydale. It was awarded April 2015 ‘Pub of the Month’ by ‘Sheffield and District’ CAMRA and is now adding the prestigious ‘District Pub of the Year Award.’

The Anglers is a perfect example of the positive effect which Asset of Community value (ACV) status can have. Without the speedy obtaining of the protection this afforded, it is unlikely that the Anglers would have survived, leaving Bamford as yet another village with no pub.

This award will be presented on the afternoon of Saturday 20th.May – all welcome!

Dave Pickersgill, April 2017

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Pub of the Year 2017

Our Pub of the Year competition each year celebrates our area’s best pubs for drinking real ale that embraces CAMRA’s consumer values.

The winning pubs are selected in a two stage process. We start with all the pubs that have either won a Pub of the Month award over the last year or are listed in the current Good Beer Guide.

  • Membership vote to create a top pubs shortlist
  • Judges visit to rank the shortlisted pubs

The judging team is made up of a variety of people, male and female, young and old, each visits every pub individually and scores the pubs against a set criteria

  • Quality of real ale, cider and perry
  • Style, decor and cleanliness
  • Service, welcome and offering
  • Community focus and atmosphere
  • Alignment with CAMRA principles
  • Overall impression

We make two awards, A Sheffield Pub of the Year for the Yorkshire part of our branch area and a District pub of the Year for the Derbyshire part. Each are the entered into the respective county round for judging as an entry in the national competition.


Sheffield winner: Kelham Island Tavern

The Kelham Island Tavern came into existence in 2002 when Trevor Wraith bought a closed, boarded up pub, previously known as the White Hart, in a district that was still a declining industrial area and the overspill of the red light district. The area was already on the real ale radar however, with the Fat Cat around the corner and the Cask & Cutler a few minutes walk away.

The new Kelham Island Tavern established its lasting venues from the word go – a wide and varied range of real ales (always including a stout or porter, traditional bitter and a mild), real cider, reasonable prices, lined glasses, simple lunchtime food, clean and comfortable surroundings, good staff and a well cared for beer garden.

This cosy little pub soon proved popular and an extension was added to the rear adding much needed extra capacity and a disabled toilet, this also helped with putting on regular events including the Monday quiz night and folk music nights. They also hold an annual mid summer solstice beer festival in the garden.

A few little touches to maintain standards is a no swearing rule and the exclusion from the bar of big industrial lager brands.

The Kelham won CAMRA’s National Pub of the Year award two years in a row – in 2008 and 2009 and has won Sheffield CAMRA’s Pub of the Year every single year from 2004 to present, reflecting that not only have their basic values and standards been maintained religiously but they have subtly developed to ensure they continue to tick boxes – for example the introduction of the new wave of craft beer and third pint measures for stronger beers.

The Kelham Island Tavern is at 62 Russel Street, S3 8RW. Nearest bus stop is on the A61 (Allen Street/Ebenezer Street) served by routes 57,61,62,81,82,85,86 or Shalesmoor tram stop is just a few minutes away.

Sheffield runner up: Sheaf View (Heeley)

The Sheaf View was bought, refurbished, extended and reopened as a freehouse by James Birkett back in 2000 after spending a little time closed and boarded up. It has proved a good and popular local pub ever since.

The walls and shelves are adorned with assorted breweriana and provide an ideal background for good drinking and conversation. A wide range of international beers, together with malt whiskies and a real cider complement the eight reasonably priced real ales. Six guest beers (one of which is always from Neepsend Brewery) and an extensive range of bottle Belgium and continental beers. Great value and a warm welcome come as standard.

The Sheaf View is at 25 Gleadless Road, S2 3AA. Buses 10,10a,20,24,25,43,43a,44 and X17 stop on London Road a few minutes walk away (outside Ponsfords/railway bridge).

rest of the top 20 Sheffield pubs:
3) Gardeners Rest (Neepsend)
4) Blake (Walkley)
5) Shakespeares (Kelham Island)
6) Fat Cat (Kelham Island)
7) Beer Engine (Cemetery Road)
8) Rising Sun (Nether Green)
9) Red Deer (City Centre)
10) Sheffield Tap (City Centre)
11) Bath Hotel (City Centre)
12) Harlequin (Nursery Street)
13) Brothers Arms (Heeley)
14) Nags Head (Loxley)
15) Three Tuns (City Centre)
16) Beer House (Hunters Bar)
17) White Lion (Heeley)
18) New Barrack Tavern (Hillsborough)
19) Hillsborough Hotel (Langsett Road)
20) University Arms (City Centre)

Derbyshire Winner: Anglers Rest (Bamford)

IMG_4713rest of the top 5 Derbyshire pubs:
2) Red Lion (Litton)
3) Three Stags Head (Wardlow Mires)
4) Cheshire Cheese (Hope)
5) Grouse (Longshaw)



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Pub of the Year 2016

The annual Sheffield & District CAMRA Pub of the Year award winners have just been announced. Two are presented, one for the Yorkshire bit of our branch area (Sheffield Pub of the Year) and one for the Derbyshire bit of our branch area (District Pub of the Year). These winners are then entered into the county rounds of the national Pub of the Year competition.

Our selection process has three stages.

First of all, for pubs to qualify to be entered into the competition they first have to either be selected to be listed in the national Good Beer Guide or win one of our Pub of the Month awards over the previous 12 months. Pub of the months are nominate and voted for by our members. Pub of the month is not a competition between pubs – it is simply a way of our members highlighting and celebrating pubs they think serve good beer in a comfortable atmosphere day in day out.

The second stage is the Pub of the Year vote. Every member of Sheffield & District branch gets a ballot paper either by email or post to vote for their favourite pubs, this forms a top 6 Sheffield pubs and top 3 Derbyshire pubs.

The final stage is judging. A team of judges individually visit each of the shortlisted pubs and score the pubs against CAMRA’s national judging criteria. Our team of judges are varied in age, gender and CAMRA volunteering experience. The scoring criteria takes into account the quality of the beer and the range of beer styles, atmosphere, decor/style/ cleanliness, service & welcome, clientele mix, sympathy with CAMRA’s campaigning aims and value for money.

The results

1st – Kelham Island Tavern
2nd – Three Tuns
3rd – Sheaf View
4th – Shakespeare’s
5th – Fat Cat
6th – Sheffield Tap

1st – Anglers Rest (Millers Dale)
Joint 2nd – Cheshire Cheese (Hope)
Joint 2nd – Three Stags Head (Wardlow Mires)

So the Kelham Island Tavern and Anglers Rest are winners again having successfully defended their crown and with the pub scene in our area constantly seeing new and improving pubs creating more competition this is quite an achievement.

Congratulations to both the winners – look out for news of the certificate presentation evenings – plus also a well done to all the runners up – to be in the competition in the first place is a sign the pub is recognised as a good one.


Pub of the Year 2015

At the recent branch AGM, the winners of our Pub and Club of the Year competitions were announced by outgoing branch Chairman Alan Gibbons. This is a bit of positive campaigning celebrating the best in our area which then get entered into the County round of the national competition. The main criteria for a pub of the year is good ale, however we also consider whether pubs show sympathy to our other aims as a consumer campaign and of course it needs to be somewhere everyone feels comfortable drinking.

Our main Pub of the Year competition in Sheffield & District starts out with a vote open to all our members, the ballot paper contains all the Pub of the Month winners from the last 12 months along with those pubs we listed in the national Good Beer Guide – so Pub of the Year is kind of a grand final. The vote whittles the list down to a top 6 Sheffield pubs and a top 3 District pubs (District being the Derbyshire part of our branch area, except for Dronfield which has a separate competition run by our sub branch there). Our team of judges (who are a good mix of old and young, male and female) then independently visit these pubs and score them on a variety of criteria – the same used by the national competition judges – which are Quality of Beer, Atmosphere/Style/Décor, Service and Welcome, Clientele Mix, Sympathy With CAMRA Aims and value for money. There is some weighting in the scoring to promote beer quality as the priority – however of course if you have several pubs with great beer, the other factors come into play!


The finalists included the  Blake Hotel in Walkley, the Gardeners Rest at Neepsend, the Fat Cat in Kelham Island, Shakespeare’s by West Bar and the Sheffield Tap in Sheffield City Centre.


However the winner – again – is the Kelham Island Tavern. This pub keeps on winning awards, testament to the fact that Trevor, Lewis and the team aren’t sitting on their laurels – they are not only maintaining standards but subtly getting even better. There is a wide range of beers on the bar, always well kept, with all the main beer styles always represented to ensure there is something for everyone and not forgetting real cider & perry plus modern craft beers. The prices are also very reasonable.

The Kelham also scores highly beyond just the beer showing effort, care and passion is applied throughout the pub – it is clean, comfortable and welcoming, oversized lined glasses are used ensuring a full measure every time and the beer garden gets a lot of attention too with lots of plants and decorative features making it a pleasant place to be.

The Kelham hosts a mid-summer beer festival every summer with an outside bar featuring an extended range of real ales and ciders which attracts beer lovers from across the country to try the new beers showcased here.

We’ll be presenting their award certificate during this years beer festival on the evening of Thursday 17th June, all are invited to come down, enjoy a beer and join the pub’s celebrations.




In the final three was the Cheshire Cheese in Hope and the Three Stags Head at Wardlow Mires, however the winner was judged as the Anglers Rest in Millers Dale. This is a friendly pub with three rooms – dining room, lounge and tap room – with the later featuring a pool table and hosting walkers from the nearby trail during the day and locals from the nearby villages in the evening, the pub offers a selection of well kept ales sourced mostly from breweries within 20 miles of the pub such as Storm brewery in Macclesfield, the pub also takes part in community focused events from time to time.

We are in the process of organising a minibus trip out to the Anglers to present Graham and team with their award, look out for details in the next issue of Beer Matters.



This has already been presented and is selected by a voting process conducted by the Dronfield sub branch. The winner was the Travellers Rest at Apperknowle with the Coach & Horses in Dronfield a close runner up.


Following a vote this was presented to the Three Tuns in Dronfield which has gone forward into the Derbyshire competition. Our entry into the Yorkshire competition is the Harlequin on Nursery Street, Sheffield.


This is selected by a simple branch meeting vote to choose the clubs we are putting forward into the Yorkshire and Derbyshire regional competitions, which feed into the national contest. Our Yorkshire entry is Crookes Social Club and our Derbyshire entry is the Dronfield Hill Top Sports & Social Club.


District Pub of the Year 2014

Several years in a row now that the Anglers Rest at Millers Dale has scooped this award, our members seem to love the Anglers where Graham & Beryl Yates and their staff run a friendly and good value country pub with well kept beers.

The Anglers offers something for everyone across its three rooms – the tap room with a pool table (where dogs and hikers are welcome), the lounge area and the small dining room.

The pub is in a fairly isolated location and it’s main passing trade is from the Monsal walking and cycling trail on the former railway trackbed, however there are also regulars from the nearby villages drink there too.

The Anglers regular beer is one that the regulars enjoy, Adnams Southwold Bitter, with guests generally sourced from breweries that qualify as LocAle with Storm brewery’s Silk of Amnesia being a favourite that makes regular appearances.

Although ‘in the middle of nowhere’, the pub does have a community focus too with local village newsletters stocked and charity events hosted from time to time.

Simple, good value home cooked meals are served daily at lunch time (12:30pm – 2:30pm) and evening (6:30pm – 8:30pm) with a pie night held on Thursdays. Accommodation is also available in the form of a self catering apartment located behind the pub.

The top 3 pubs judged were: Anglers Rest (Millers Dale), Three Stags Head (Wardlow Mires) and Grouse (Longshaw).


Pub of the Year 2014

The Kelham Island Tavern continues to maintain high standards and has reclaimed it’s crown after Shakespeare’s won last year. This is now the 10th Pub of the Year award scooped by the Kelham since Trevor Wraith and Lewis Gonda bought and reopened the pub in 2002.

A huge range of 13 real ales are served, an effort to represent a cross section of beer styles is made with a Mild and a Stout or Porter always available, meaning there is something on the bar for all tastes.

As well as a good range of beer, there are traditional Ciders and Perrys served, and all in oversized glasses meaning that even with a head, you get the measure you pay for – and the prices are reasonable too!

Food is served Monday to Saturday lunchtimes 12pm to 3pm, a folk music night is held on Sundays and a quiz on Monday nights.

It is also noticeable that the standards stretch beyond the bar with our judges noticing the pub was clean and tidy inside and out and the management particularly proud of getting top marks from both Cask Marque and the Council Hygiene surveyors!

The top 6 pubs judged were: Kelham Island Tavern, Shakespeares, Blake, Fat Cat, Sheffield Tap and Rising Sun.