The annual Sheffield & District CAMRA Pub of the Year award winners have just been announced. Two are presented, one for the Yorkshire bit of our branch area (Sheffield Pub of the Year) and one for the Derbyshire bit of our branch area (District Pub of the Year). These winners are then entered into the county rounds of the national Pub of the Year competition. Our selection process has three stages. First of all, for pubs to qualify to be entered into the competition they first have to either be selected to be listed in the national Good Beer Guide or win one of our Pub of the Month awards over the previous 12 months. Pub of the months are nominate and voted for by our members. Pub of the month is not a competition between pubs – it is simply a way of our members highlighting and celebrating pubs they think serve good beer in a comfortable atmosphere day in day out. The second stage is the Pub of the Year vote. Every member of Sheffield & District branch gets a ballot paper either by email or post to vote for their favourite pubs, this forms a top 6 Sheffield pubs and top 3 Derbyshire pubs. The final stage is judging. A team of judges individually visit each of the shortlisted pubs and score the pubs against CAMRA’s national judging criteria. Our team of judges are varied in age, gender and CAMRA volunteering experience. The scoring criteria takes into account the quality of the beer and the range of beer styles, atmosphere, decor/style/ cleanliness, service & welcome, clientele mix, sympathy with CAMRA’s campaigning aims and value for money. The results SHEFFIELD PUB OF THE YEAR 1st – Kelham Island Tavern 2nd – Three Tuns 3rd – Sheaf View 4th – Shakespeare’s 5th – Fat Cat 6th – Sheffield Tap DISTRICT PUB OF THE YEAR 1st – Anglers Rest (Millers Dale) Joint 2nd – Cheshire Cheese (Hope) Joint 2nd – Three Stags Head (Wardlow Mires) So the Kelham Island Tavern and Anglers Rest are winners again having successfully defended their crown and with the pub scene in our area constantly seeing new and improving pubs creating more competition this is quite an achievement. Congratulations to both the winners – look out for news of the certificate presentation evenings – plus also a well done to all the runners up – to be in the competition in the first place is a sign the pub is recognised as a good one.