Branch Pub of the Year 2015 Presentations

Awards have now been made to the winners of our 2015 Branch Pub of the Year and Cider Pub of the Year.

SE London CAMRA Pub of the Year Serves Up A Double!

There are no half measures at the Blythe Hill Tavern in Stanstead Road, Forest Hill which scooped SE London CAMRA Pub of the Year and Cider Pub of the Year awards for 2015.

This ever popular traditional Victorian corner pub retains a cosy 3 bar layout and has been run by landlord Con O’Riordan and his wife for almost 30 years.  The staff pride themselves on offering attentive, friendly service and are well known for wearing a collar and tie.

Six real ales are available on handpump and a similar number of real ciders/perries.

Awarding the Pub of the Year certificate, Branch Membership Secretary, Julian Stone, said “the landscape of public houses is like that of rock and roll. It’s dynamic, has fads and trends, some pubs are niche, others copycat, fake or just not trying hard enough – but the Blythe Hill Tavern is definitely a superstar”.

Mike Allen, Branch Cider Rep added: “when it came to judging the shortlist for Cider Pub of the Year, the Blythe Hill stood head and shoulders above the rest thanks to its outstanding commitment to real cider and perry”.

The pub holds a regular quiz night, hosts live Irish music on Thursday evenings and has a large rear garden.  For more information visit the pub’s website at blythehilltavern.org.uk or follow @BlytheHillTav on twitter.

Branch Cider Rep Mike Allen presents the cider award to landlord Con O'Riordan

Branch Cider Rep Mike Allen presents the cider award to landlord Con O’Riordan

 

Pelton Pipped at the Post!

The Pelton Arms in Greenwich came a very close runner-up as 2015 Branch Pub of the Year – only 1 vote separated first and second places!

This back street pub a short walk from Greenwich town centre has built up a fine, community focused reputation with a loyal following and a proud commitment to live music.

There is also a range of 8 real ales and a cider on handpump.

Handing over the runner-up certificate Branch Chair, Steve Silcock, said: “coming runner-up is major achievement in itself considering there are well over 300 real ale pubs in our branch area. Achieving awards such as this doesn’t happen by accident – it is down to the hard work and commitment of the great staff (and customers!) who have created a pub than anyone would be proud to call their local”.

Branch Chair Steve Silcock presents the award surrounded by the pub staff

Branch Chair Steve Silcock presents the award surrounded by the pub staff

 

We hope you’ll agree these are both great pubs!

2015 POTY certs