Branch Website of the Year Finalist


We are very pleased to report that this website was one of 15 finalists in the 2018 CAMRA Branch Website of the Year competition! Some of the credit must of course go to Roger Preece, who established the website in its current general format and managed it prior to your current webmaster taking over.

Scotland & NI Cider Pub of the Year

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The Jolly Judge being presented with the branch Cider Pub of the Year award

Congratulations to the Jolly Judge, Lawnmarket - after winning the branch Cider Pub of the Year award, they have also won Cider Pub of the Year 2018 for the Scotland and Northern Ireland CAMRA region. Well done!

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 (also overall winner)

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!