Awards

 

We present a “Pub of the Season” award up to four times a year and an annual “Pub of the Year” title for our very best pub in our branch. Clicking on the venue name will provide more details of each winner. Please note that some of the pubs below have changed hands since their presentations and sometimes beer quality may have deteriorated since these awards were made. Consult the latest CAMRA Good Beer Guide to find our current recommendations.

RBCAMRAPOTSRobin Hood, Drayton: Redditch & Bromsgrove CAMRA Autumn Pub of the Season 2015

This rural pub found between Chaddesley Corbett and Belbroughton offers six real ales in superb condition. There has been a pub on the site since 1825 and the lounge has been mostly unaltered to create a cosy retreat for drinkers. The bar has been extended into the original storeroom to create a restaurant, and six real ales are looked after by cellar man Jon Roberts.

 

 

 

 

 

Park Gate Inn, Dodford: Redditch & Bromsgrove CAMRA Summer Pub of the Season 2015RED Summer POTS

This country pub has been restored from an Indian restaurant pack into its former glory. Licensees Chris & Dawn Pedley re-opened the Park Gate Inn in July, and have done a superb effort in transforming the inn into a real ale pub. Four real ales are always available; and the pub has already hosted two beer festivals.

 

 

 

 

 

RBSPRINGPOTY2Old Cock Inn, Droitwich: Redditch & Bromsgrove CAMRA Spring Pub of the Season 2015

Graham Leonard and Stuart Wilcox have been running the pub for four years and have organised a fantastic array of events for the local community to get involved and visit the pub. Film nights, a comedy club, food festivals and open mic nights are just some of the themed nights that have taken place, all while offering four real ales from the Marstons portfolio.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DSCF0721Red Lion, Bromsgrove: Redditch & Bromsgrove CAMRA Winter Pub of the Season 2014 -15

Over the winter season, Licensee Jason Greenwood has kept the six real ales at the Red Lion in Bromsgrove in superb condition, and this traditional pub in the heart of Bromsgrove Town Centre is valued by many drinkers for its heritage.

 

 

 

 

Seven Stars, Redditch: Redditch & Bromsgrove CAMRA Autumn Pub of the Season Award 201420141123_185213

Since taking over the pub in June, Richard Maeirs has done a fantastic job of keeping the real ale here in excellent condition and has increased the beer range to a choice of four, as well as stocking a great range of real cider. This pub is a traditional locals pub where conversation comes first, and there is a separate tap lounge with a pool table and patio beer garden to the rear.

 

 

 

 

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Hop Pole Inn, Bromsgrove: Redditch & Bromsgrove CAMRA Cider Pub of the Year 2014 

Licensee Pete Hedges (left) runs this lively music pub in Bromsgrove, with live entertainment available every weekend. Up to three cask ales are available and two real ciders. During bank holiday weekends, the pub runs a cider bar alongside a host of live music featuring both local and international artists.

 

 

 

 

DSC_0706Rocklands Social Club, Headless Cross, Redditch: Redditch & Bromsgrove CAMRA Club of the Year 2014 (Joint Winner)

Private family friendly members club with up to four guest beers from a range of local independent breweries. A smart member’s lounge shows live sports. The club is host to a variety of societies including chess, bowls and line dancing in the function room, and runs its own ale tasting society (R.A.T.S). Visitors may need to show their CAMRA membership card to gain entry. The Rocklands has also won the CAMRA West Midlands Region Club of the Year Award 2014.

 

 

 

DSC_0705Wythall Community Club: Redditch & Bromsgrove CAMRA Club of the Year 2014 (Joint Winner)

Situated in 37 acres of parkland, this family friendly Club occupies an old Georgian farmhouse which retains some of the original gilt ceilings, stained glass peacock window on the stairway and glass covered farm well. The club is divided into three areas including a quieter adult lounge. Many local clubs and societies are based here including skittles, archery, cricket, and bowls. An annual Beer Festival is held in October. Visitors are welcome on production of a CAMRA membership card.

 

 

 

 

Barnt Green ClubBarnt Green Social Club, Barnt Green: Redditch & Bromsgrove CAMRA Club of the Year 2014 (runner-up)

A welcoming club with an attractive lounge bar and an outside drinking area replete with flower beds. There is a large games room to the rear. Three real ales are served, two changing guest ales usually come from local micros such as Enville and Weatheroak plus Fullers London Pride. Visitors will need to present their CAMRA membership card to gain entry.

 

 

 

 

 

photo 2The Weighbridge, Alvechurch: Redditch & Bromsgrove CAMRA Worcestershire Pub of the Year 2014

John and Jayne Humphries are no strangers to winning awards having won branch pub of the year numerous times and also being a former county pub of the year. Located canal side the Weighbridge is a small friendly place with multiple room, excellent value food, five guest beers (including Locales) and usually a real cider. The pub has also won the CAMRA Worcestershire Pub of the Year 2014 Competition, and also placed second in the CAMRA West Midlands region Pub of the Year Competition 2014.

 

 

 

 

DSC_0709The Victoria Works, Weatheroak: Redditch & Bromsgrove CAMRA Warwickshire Pub of the Year 2014

The Tap House for the Weatheroak Brewery is a welcome sight for those looking for interesting beers in Studley. As well as the full range of six beers that are brewed opposite the Victoria Works, a guest beer and Thatchers Heritage cider is also available. Food is available at lunchtime; customers are welcome to bring their own food in the evening. The pub placed second place in the Warwickshire CAMRA Pub of the Year Competition.

 

 

 

 

DSC_0708The Cross Inn, Finstall: Redditch & Bromsgrove CAMRA Pub of the Year 2014 (Runner-up)

Dave Neale runs this friendly local with a small lounge to the rear and a large bar/lounge area surrounding a fire. Tardebigge Cider (made a few yards from the pub) is always available along with Enville White and a guest ale. Look out for the rolls and local produce such as pickles and eggs on sale.

 

 

 

 

 

!cid_image001_jpg@01CFD42ECoach & Horses, Weatheroak Hill: Redditch & Bromsgrove CAMRA Summer Pub of the Season 2014 

The Mead family have been running this independent freehouse for over forty years; which serves around ten real ales from the West Midlands region including their own beers from the Weatheroak Hill Brewery. Picture is courtesy of The Village Magazine.

 

 

 

 

Royal Oak, Catshill: Redditch & Bromsgrove CAMRA Spring Pub of the Season 2014

Redditch & Bromsgrove CAMRA’s Spring Pub of the Season Award 2014 was awarded to licensee Pete Savin of the Royal Oak in Catshill. Since taking on the lease fifteen months ago, the beer quality has been exceptional with Wye Valley HPA and St. Austell Tribute always available, and a third hand pump showcases a local guest beer. As well as serving great value meals, the Royal Oak also offers a discount to card-carrying CAMRA members.

 

 

 

 

Little Ale HouseLittle Ale House, Bromsgrove: Redditch & Bromsgrove CAMRA Winter Pub of the Season 2013/14

Licensee Terry Bacon has opened Bromsgrove’s first micropub which offers up to eight real ales straight from the cask alongside a selection of real cider, perry, bottled beers and a selection of pies and snacks, though you are very welcome to bring your own food. The pub atmosphere puts conversation first in a single room with high bench seats and stools made from casks.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

G&TGoat & Trousers, Rowney Green: Redditch & Bromsgrove CAMRA Community Pub of the Year 2013

The pub is led by Pete Burton with Chris Burton assisting with the beer and Nan Fellows who co-ordinates the volunteers. The bar stocks a guest real ale via gravity as well as a selection of other drinks; and encourages the local community to come out for a drink every Friday evening. The pub also runs an annual beer festival and has regular events such as fish suppers; all in an area where commercial retail outlets are a few miles away.  

 

 

 

 

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Weighbridge AlvechurchRedditch & Bromsgrove CAMRA Pub of the Year 2013 (Winner)

The Weighbridge is no stranger to winning awards having won branch pub of the year numerous times and also being a former county pub of the year. Located canal side the Weighbridge is a small friendly place with multiple room, excellent value food, five guest beers (including Locales) and usually a real cider.

 

 

 

 

Fruiterer’s Arms, Uphampton: Redditch & Bromsgrove CAMRA Pub of the Year 2013 (Silver Runner-Up)

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This pub has been in the same family for over 162 years, and the ales from the independent Cannon Royall brewery at the rear of the pub are very reasonably priced in both bar and the comfortable beamed lounge. Local perry and cider is served. Filled rolls available Friday to Sunday. A range of home made pickles are sold at the bar.

 

 

 

 

 

Awards010Hop Pole, DroitwichRedditch & Bromsgrove CAMRA Pub of the Year 2013 (Bronze Runner-Up)

A friendly pub popular with locals and visitors alike, this 18th century pub has black and white timbers and a separate pool room adjoins the bar. A warm welcome always assured and good value home-cooked food is served between 12 – 2pm.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Blackwell Social Club (near Barnt Green): Redditch & Bromsgrove CAMRA Club of the Year 2013 (Winner)

Three real ales are available at this Social Club which has been recognised as a community hub for local people as it is the only real ale outlet in the village. It also offers pool, snooker and darts as well as an annual beer festival.

 

 

 

 

 

Awards004Rocklands Social Club, Headless Cross, Redditch: Redditch & Bromsgrove CAMRA Club of the Year 2013 (Silver Runner-Up)

Private family friendly members club with up to four guest beers from a range of local independent breweries. A smart member’s lounge shows live sports. The club is host to a variety of societies including chess, bowls and line dancing in the function room. Visitors may need to show their CAMRA membership card to gain entry.

 

 

 

RED-2889-16002-wythall-community-club-200x150@2xWythall Community Club: Redditch & Bromsgrove CAMRA Club of the Year 2013 (Bronze Runner-Up)

Situated in 37 acres of parkland, this family friendly Club occupies an old Georgian farmhouse which retains some of the original gilt ceilings, stained glass peacock window on the stairway and glass covered farm well. The club is divided into three areas including a quieter adult lounge. Many local clubs and societies are based here including skittles, archery, cricket, and bowls. An annual Beer Festival is held in October. Visitors are welcome on production of a CAMRA membership card.

 

 

 

 

 

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Holly Bush Belbroughton: Redditch & Bromsgrove CAMRA Autumn Pub of the Season 2013

A warm round of congratulations were in order when Redditch & Bromsgrove CAMRA unveiled their Autumn Pub of the Season Award to the Holly Bush in Belbroughton. Licensee Graham Keightley had to close the pub in November last year as heavy rain flooded the cellar. Since the pub re-opened in April, this freehouse has gone from strength to strength, offering three real ales from the Hobsons range in superb condition, and a great community atmosphere. Branch Chairman Paul Richards also presented the pub with an external banner to display their award to the public, which will travel around the branch area each season.

 

 

 

 

 

IMG_3494Gardener’s Arms Droitwich: Redditch & Bromsgrove CAMRA Summer Pub of the Season 2013

This year’s Summer Pub of the Season Award goes to the Gardener’s Arms in Droitwich. During a Friday night gathering in August, members of Redditch & Bromsgrove CAMRA presented Simon Berry and his team with the award.

Branch Chairman Paul Richards  said that the pub has worked hard to promote real ale and that the branch was impressed by the variety of events hosted in the pub’s bar-lounge style’s marquee.

Licencee Simon said that he was very proud to be recognised by CAMRA for the pub’s service to the community; and that it is one of the highest accolades in the pub trade to earn.

Each month the pub features a weekend beer festival at £2.50 a pint, as well as a weekly Curry Club.

 

Wildmoor Oak, Wildmoor (near Bromsgrove): Redditch & Bromsgrove CAMRA Cider Pub of the Year 2013

photoServing two real ciders and often running cider festivals and promotions the Wildmoor Oak deserves this award which it has won previously. Locally produced Tardebigge cider is usually available. Located just off junction 5 of the M5 the pub also serves guest real ales and specialises in Caribbean food.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Talbot Inn, Chaddesley CorbettRedditch & Bromsgrove CAMRA Lifetime Achievement Award 2013

On a delightfully sunny Sunday in June, members of the Campaign for Real Ale gathered at the Talbot Inn in Chaddesley Corbett to wish a fond farewell to licensees Rupert and Hillary Boden. The husband and wife team have been running the pub for over twenty-four years, and have appeared in CAMRA’s Good Beer Guide 13 times during their reign. Redditch and Bromsgrove Branch Chairman Paul Richards presented the couple with a lifetime achievement award to commemorate their time in managing the 16th century inn and wished them a happy retirement on behalf of the branch.

 

 

 

 Cider01Tardebigge Cider: Redditch Winter Ale Festival 2013 Cider of the Festival Award

Steve Cooper’s Tardebigge Cider was voted Cider of the Festival by visitors to the Redditch Winter Ale Festival 2013.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

IMG_0857.JPGRising Sun, Redditch: Redditch & Bromsgrove CAMRA Spring Pub of the Season 2013

CAMRA member Doug Fitton nominated the pub for the commitment that the staff put into their knowledge of real ale and for providing a dedicated community notice board just for CAMRA. On the evening of the presentation, there was an impressive range of twelve different real ales to try. Cellarman Jake Edwards was jubilant in accepting the award and said: ‘It’s great to be recognised for the hard work that the team have put into providing quality real ales’. Located outside Redditch Town Hall, the Rising Sun takes its name from a previous pub on this site which was demolished in the early 1970s as part of the new town development. Food is served all day until 10pm each evening.

 

 

 

OutsideDodford Inn, Dodford: Redditch & Bromsgrove CAMRA Winter Pub of the Season 2012/13

Found just outside Bromsgrove, The Dodford Inn is the cosy Pub in the Field! As well as serving food, the pub serves four real ales including Holden’s Golden Glow and also a real cider.

 

 

 

 

 

Victoria WorksVictoria Works, Studley:  Redditch & Bromsgrove CAMRA Autumn Pub of the Season 2012

The Tap House for the Weatheroak Brewery is a welcome sight for those looking for interesting beers in Studley. As well as the full range of six beers that are brewed opposite the Victoria Works a couple of guest beers and Thatchers Heritage cider is also featured. Visitors are invited to bring in their own food.

 

 

 

 

Cross_PresentationCross, Finstall: Redditch & Bromsgrove CAMRA Summer Pub of the Season 2012

A proper friendly local with a small lounge to the rear and a large bar/lounge area surrounding a fire. Serving real Tardebigge Cider (made a few yards from the pub) along with Enville White and a guest ale. Look out for the rolls and local produce such as pickles and eggs on sale.

 

 

 

 

 

Meadow Farm PresentationMeadow Farm, Redditch: Redditch & Bromsgrove CAMRA Spring Pub of the Season 2012

A large modern and friendly pub that serves good food all day There are always six regular real ales from the Marstons portfolio. There is a Travelodge next door.

 

 

 

 

 

 

WildmoorOakWildmoor Oak, Wildmoor near Bromsgrove: Redditch & Bromsgrove CAMRA Cider Pub of the Year 2012

Serving two real ciders and often running cider festivals and promotions the Wildmoor Oak deserves this award which it has won previously. Locally produced Tardebigge cider is usually available. Located just off junction 5 of the M5 the pub also serves guest real ales and specialises in Caribbean food.

 

 

 

 

 

WeighbridgeWeighbridge, Alvechurch: Redditch & Bromsgrove CAMRA Branch Pub of the Year 2012, Worcestershire County Pub of the Year 2012

The Weighbridge is no stranger to winning awards having won branch pub of the year numerous times and also being a former county pub of the year. Located canal side the Weighbridge is a small friendly place with multiple room, excellent value food, five guest beers (including Locales) and usually a real cider.

 

 

 

 

Bramley CottageBramley Cottage, Redditch: Redditch & Bromsgrove CAMRA Winter Pub of the Season 2011/2

A modern, spacious pub on the outskirts of the town. this Ember Inns house currently has five real ales on including Sharps Doombar, Purity UBU and Taylors Landlord. There are plans to increase the range. The food is popular.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Red Lion BromsgroveRed Lion, Bromsgrove: Redditch & Bromsgrove CAMRA Autumn pub of the Season 2011

This single roomed, town centre pub has recently been refurbished with comfortable Chesterfields and now stocks a constantly changing selection of up to seven ales from the Marstons Portfolio so expect to see beers from Banks’s, Wychwood, Jennings and Marstons.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rose and Crown FeckenhamRose and Crown, Feckenham: Redditch & Bromsgrove CAMRA Summer Pub of the Season 2011

Located in a lovely village not too far from Redditch. This welcoming 19th century grade II listed village pub has up to three real ales available. The regular is Brakspear Oxford Gold. The pub organises special events such as the Fecken’ Beer Fest and CAMRA Mondays with 50p off a pint for card-carrying members.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nailers BournheathNailers Arms, Bournheath: Redditch & Bromsgrove CAMRA Spring Pub of the Season 2011

A busy and sociable bar is adjacent to an outside patio. The lounge has a modern look and feel and is popular with those eating. Wye Valley HPA, Enville Ginger and Greene King Old Speckled Hen are served.

 

 

 

 

 

Hop Pole_DroitwichHop Pole, Droitwich: Redditch & Bromsgrove CAMRA Pub of the Year 2011

 

Wye Valley HPA, Butty Bach, Enville Ginger and Malvern Hills Black Pear are served in this fascinating building and it’s oak beamed interior. A busy, welcoming pub with a good community spirit and pleasant outside drinking area. Good value lunches.

 

 

 

 

 

Barnt Green ClubBarnt Green Social Club, Barnt GreenRedditch & Bromsgrove CAMRA Club of the Year 2011

A welcoming club (show CAMRA membership card to get signed in) with an attractive lounge bar and an outside drinking area replete with flower beds. There is a large games room to the rear. Three real ales are served, two changing guest ales usually come from local micros such as Enville and Weatheroak plus Fullers London Pride.

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