Branch Pubs of the Year 2018

The results of this year’s Pub of the Year awards are as follows:

City of Edinburgh Pub of the Year

1st Dreadnought, North Fort Street

2nd Stockbridge Tap, Raeburn Place

3rd Monty’s, Morrison Street

Lothians Pub of the Year

1st Staggs, Musselburgh

2nd Levenhall Arms, Musselburgh

3rd Dean Tavern, Newtongrange

Borders Pub of the Year

1st Rutherfords, Kelso

2nd Bridge Inn, Peebles

3rd Plough Inn, Leitholm

Cider Pub of the Year

1st Jolly Judge, Lawnmarket

2nd Steel Coulson Tap, Henderson Street

3rd Blacksmith's Forge, Dalkeith

Congratulations to all the winners! The overall winner will be announced in mid-March.

Burts Hotel in Melrose Scoops CAMRA Beer Quality Prize

Burts Hotel in Melrose has a reputation for selling good quality real ale and this has resulted in Burts being awarded the local Branch’s 2017 Real Ale Quality Award.

CAMRA’s members provided beer quality scores during 2017 when visiting the 400 real ale pubs in the Branch area and Burts came out top for its average score - not only in the Borders but overall.

The presentation will be made by the CAMRA Branch Chairman, Pat Hanson, to Nick Henderson, proprietor of Burts Hotel, at 2:30pm on Saturday 20th January 2018 at the hotel.

Runner-up amongst Borders pubs was the Plough Inn, Leitholm.

Branch Real Ale Quality Award 2017

At the November branch meeting we used the beer scores received from members since 18th Februrary 2017 to select the winners of this year’s Real Ale Quality award and set the final “Hit List” of pubs that will be voted on for entry into the 2019 CAMRA Good Beer Guide at the February 2018 branch meeting.

This year’s Real Ale Quality award winners are:
  • Edinburgh City - Roseburn Bar
  • Lothian - Levenhall Arms, Musselburgh
  • Borders - Burt’s Hotel, Melrose

Runners up:
  • Edinburgh City - Joker and the Thief
  • Lothian - Ducks, Aberlady
  • Borders - Plough Inn, Leitholm

The overall branch winner is Burt’s Hotel, Melrose. Congratulations to all the winners and runners-up!

Pints of View Winter 2017 issue out now


The Winter 2017 issue of Pints of View will soon be available in real ale pubs throughout the branch area. This issue includes all the regular pub and brewery news, plus features on Drinkers’ Voice, the return of Leith Heavy, the branch’s Tasting Panel, and more. Look out for a copy in a pub near you.

Scotland & Northern Ireland Pub of the Year 2017


Congratulations to the Bridge Inn, Peebles, on winning this year’s Pub of the Year award for the Scotland and Northern Ireland CAMRA Region. The pub is one of 16 which will go forward to the national Pub of the Year award. Best of luck!