CAMRA recently announced the winner of their National Club of the Year Competition as Wortley Men’s Club, which beat off competition from over 28,000 clubs nationwide.
Wortley Men’s Club is just outside the Sheffield CAMRA Branch area. They hold an annual Beer Festival in August. The 2015 Good Beer Guide describes the Club: ‘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, 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 said: “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 is 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.”
The CAMRA Club of the Year 2015 Award was presented on 17th March, by CAMRA National Director Keith Spencer. Along with BBC Look North, CAMRA and club members were in attendance.