Nine Liverpool pubs recognised at the annual awards evening

A micro-pub in Crosby, a rugby club in Waterloo, and a social enterprise in Bootle were among the winners at this year’s Liverpool & Districts CAMRA awards evening, held in the grounds of the KIND Centre for the first time in two years.

This year’s pub of the year is one Liverpool’s most unique pubs being housed in an old jail.

Liverpool & Districts CAMRA branch chair Sonia James-Henry said it was great to be back, although it was still a difficult time for pubs, clubs and breweries recovering from the pandemic.

Liverpool Camra Awards 2022 Keystone
Pub of excellence - The Keystone Image: Liverpool CAMRA

The night began with the presentation of the Pub of Excellence Awards, which went to:

The Four Ashes

A family run micro pub in Waterloo which in the relatively short time it has been open has gained a reputation for good quality beer from local and regional brewers. 

The Keystone

Sadly, this was awarded posthumously as the pub has recently been forced to close, but whilst it was open it made a big impact on the real ale scene in Liverpool gaining a reputation for quality beer and food. 

Liverpool Camra Awards 2022 Lion Tavern
Dave Hardman of The Lion Tavern with Liverpool CAMRA branch chair Sonia James-Henry Image: Liverpool CAMRA
Liverpool Camra Awards 2022 Roscoe Head
Carol Ross, licensee at the Roscoe Head Image: Liverpool CAMRA

Lion Tavern

Last year’s Pub of the Year winner is a mainstay of the Pub of Excellence awards. The Lion was commended for always having a good selection of real ales on offer including at least on local beer.

Liverpool Pigeon

This Crosby micro pub has been the recipient of the Pub of the Year award in the past, and CAMRA said, "it is well worth venturing into the suburbs to sample the good quality ales they have on offer."

Roscoe Head

This iconic Liverpool pub is now in the hands of licensee Carol Ross after a long battle with the pub company that previously owned it. "A true gem tucked away in a back street that is beloved not only by Liverpool real ale drinkers but by those from all over the county who travel to sample the fine ales and wonderful surroundings," said Liverpool CAMRA.

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Pub of the Year 2022 - The Bridewell Image: Confidentials
Liverpool Camra Awards 2022 Augustus John
The Augustus John is Cider Pub of the Year Image: Liverpool CAMRA

The Pub of the Year award went to The Bridewell, one of Liverpool’s most unique pubs housed in an old jail, of which Liverpool CAMRA said, “the service is second to none and the beer is of the finest quality. On a sunny day there is nothing finer than sitting in the quaint old courtyard with a pint, chatting to your fellow pub goers.”

Cider Pub of the Year was awarded to The Augustus John which organisers said was, “one of the few pubs in the city centre that serves a range of real ciders and has been a constant supporter of this fine beverage.”

Liverpool Camra Awards 2022 Waterloo Rugby Club
Firwood Waterloo RFC picked up Club of the Year Image: Liverpool CAMRA
Liverpool Camra Awards 2022 Lock And Quay
Comunity Pub of the Year - Lock & Quay Image: Liverpool CAMRA

Firwood Waterloo RFC scooped Club of the Year for its role as a “community club, running programmes for young people encouraging them to play sports and supporting their local brewery (Rock the Boat) by serving their beers.”

Finally, the special award for Community Pub of the Year went to the Lock & Quay in Bootle, a pub that is owned and managed by the social enterprise SAFE Regeneration, with all proceeds from the pub reinvested back into community projects. 

Following the presentation of the awards, a cheque for £900 was presented to Steve Yip from KIND; money donated by beer festival goers via unused beer tokens.

For more information visit Liverpool & Districts CAMRA.

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