Issued Monday 16th March 2015
Wortley Men's Club named CAMRA's National Club of the Year
CAMRA, the Campaign for Real Ale, have today announced the winner of their National Club of the Year Competition as Wortley Men's Club, South Yorkshire which beat off competition from over 28,000 clubs nationwide.
Wortley Men's Club is described in CAMRA's Good Beer Guide 2015 as being ‘In the heart of this pretty village, surrounded by open countryside, the outside of the building is impressive, with traditional timber framing and a small beer garden. The opulent interior has ornate ceilings, a small bar area, a plush lounge and a large games room. The guest ale comes from a local brewery and a guest draught cider is always kept.'
Nigel Pickering, the Steward at Wortley Men's Club had this to say on being named the best Club for real ale anywhere in the UK,
"We are overjoyed at receiving this award, it is beyond our expectations. We introduced cask beer in 1997 with 1 pump and we now have 4 pumps and 1 real cider available. This year will be holding our 3rd annual Beer Festival, which will offer 40 beers and 10 ciders. We try to be active in the local community, we are part of a small village and hold events in conjunction with the local businesses and church, most recently a Brass Band Competition and we have also raised money for the Yorkshire Air Ambulance through our Beer Festival."
Club Mirror magazine and CAMRA joined forces three years ago in the quest to find the best real ale clubs – those which offer a fantastic atmosphere, welcoming surroundings, and most importantly, top quality real ale served in great condition. Competition organiser John Holland had this to say,
"Wortley Men's Club is hugely deserving of this prestigious CAMRA award. Not only is it a beautiful period building, but the Steward's commitment to quality real ale and the welcome you receive really is second to none. The club itself of course serves men and women, and free to visit for CAMRA members, but I think you would think yourself extremely lucky to have this as your local club, and I can see why it remains as popular as ever with members as well proving a hit with competition judges."