Both Sheffield & District and Dronfield & District branches of CAMRA name a pub of the year winner in Derbyshire which gets put forward into the opening round of the national competition, the county round, which in this case is North Derbyshire.
Sheffield’s entry was the Anglers Rest in Millers Dale and Dronfield’s was the Miners Arms in Hundall.
We are pleased to learn that the Miners Arms has been named North Derbyshire Pub of the Year and has gone forward to the next stage of judging – the East Midlands regional round.
The landlady of the Miners Arms, Lauren White, despite being fairly young has a great pedigree of pub experience behind her having held management roles previously at the Tickled Trout at Barlow and Travellers Rest in Apperknowle – both very good pubs. The Miners is the first pub of her own and along with the team working there with her have taken on an already good pub and taken it to even better levels.
The Miners is a cosy country community pub with three distinct areas – an area containing a pool table, an area with Sky Sports TV and a quieter lounge area – plus a beer garden backing onto the village cricket pitch and boasting views across the valley.
A range of real ales are available at reasonable prices with the choice often surprisingly adventurous for a country pub. A huge range of ciders are also available and these are listed on the blackboard above the bar.
The pub attracts a cross section of locals, dog walkers, ramblers plus some who make the effort to visit the pub because of its good reputation, no food is served other than crisps, pork pies etc.
The Miners also saw huge numbers flock to the pub recently when it took part in the annual Three Valleys Beer Festival which saw the pub host an outside real ale bar, outside cider bar, burger stall and live music! On festival day a regular free bus service is laid on.
There is a bus stop right outside the pub served by TM Travel route 14 (Dronfield to Chesterfield), however the service is quite limited – check www.tmtravel.co.uk for timetables.
The certificate presentation evening is planned to take place at the Miners on Friday 29th July with an 8pm start and all are welcome.
The other East Midlands county winners now being judged with the Miners for the regional crown…
DERBYSHIRE SOUTH POTY 2016 – The Old Oak, Horsley Woodhouse. (Amber Valley Branch)
NOTTINGHAMSHIRE POTY 2016 – Beer Headz, Retford. (North Notts Branch)
LINCOLNSHIRE POTY 2016 – White Hart, Ludford. (Louth Branch)
LEICESTERSHIRE, NORTHAMPTONSHIRE & RUTLAND POTY 2016 – Coach and Horses, Wellingborough. (Northampton Branch)