Pub of The Year

Awards Season 2018 !!

With the launch of the Good Beer Guide the branch gets to hand out some awards to some of the hard working people in our branch pubs. Some of the most impressive awards go to pubs with many consecutive years in the GBG.

Pub of the Year 2018 goes to The George in Tunbridge Wells.

Manager Paul Fillis was delighted to receive the news from West Kent CAMRA Branch chairman, Craig Beeson. Paul recently hit the news thanks to the opening of a microbrewery in a downstairs room of the pub, where he doubles up as head brewer, producing small batch quantities of real ale to sell in the bar upstairs under the name Fonthill Brewing Company. At the moment the brewery is trying out a range of recipes and they seem to be receiving very favourable comments from customers. The pub has eight hand pumps, two of which are dedicated to real cider, whilst the other six offer a changing range of ales from far and wide.
Runners up were the Weald Windmill in Sevenoaks Weald and Fuggles Beer Cafe Tunbridge Wells, both themselves previous winners.

Cider Pub of the Year 2018 goes to The Pantiles Tap – Serious About Brilliant Beer, in the Pantiles, Tunbridge Wells for the third year running, thanks to its mighty “Great Wall of Cider” offering cider and perry from a wide range of producers.

West Kent Club of the Year 2018 goes once again to the Tunbridge Wells Constitutional Club, where club members and sometimes CAMRA members can enjoy a particularly tasty range of ales from four hand pumps, along with a friendly welcome of course.

 

We have also added a seasonal award for Most Highly Commended Pub. This will only be awarded when a pub has come on to our radar as being really worth a visit, the beer must be in top condition, but the management and staff are the real winners because of what they have achieved.

The first winner of this award is the Foresters Arms in Tonbridge WHATPUB LINK Congratulations to Tyson and his team on turning this pub around, its now a popular community pub, serving great beer (including a guest), and the pizzas are a hit as well.

 

The Greyhound Charcott was he 2nd winner of our pub of the season award. Fran and Richard have not only made the perfect pub, its there home as well. Its very unusual to see a pub get back on its feet as quickly as the Greyhound, and lets be honest its exceed all our expectations. Fantastic beer, matched with excellent food, possibly the best sausages around!! Make sure you also try the cheese from the farm just down the road.

Our branch is extremely grateful when members inform us of a pub that has really upped its game, beer scoring on https://whatpub.com/ is one way to keep us up to date, but social media or just having a chat with us is also greately appreciated. The Elm Tree in Paddock Wood https://whatpub.com/pubs/TTW/96/elm-tree-paddock-wood is one such pub, and we are over the moon when they were nominated for our seasonal award.

The Gatehouse in Tonbridge is another pub in Tonbridge  to be recognised for its beer range and quality. Many members are now including it in there nights out in the town, it has also hosted several meet the brewer events.

 

 

Grove Tavern Tunbridge Wells. 15 consecutive years in the GBG. WHATPUB LINK Congrats to CJ Baxter, Steve and the rest of the team. Tunbridge Wells has a massive variety of places to get a great pint of real ale, the Grove is always on my goto list 🙂

Dovecote Inn Capel. 20 years in the GBG!! WHATPUB LINK The Dovecote is one of my favourite pubs to walk out to from Tonbridge, and you have some great great real ale (on gravity) at your destination. Also renowned for its food.

West Kent CAMRA Pub of the Year Competition 2016 Winner is The Windmill Sevenoaks Weald

Fuggles Beer Cafe Tunbridge Wells, and the Halfway House Brenchley were voted joint runners up.

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Fuggles Beer Cafe

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Halfway House Brenchley

Previous Winners

Year Award Pub Place
2016 POTY Windmill Weald
2016 Runner Up Fuggles Beer cafe Tunbridge Wells
2016 Runner up Halfway House Brenchley
2015 POTY Windmill Weald
2015 Runner up Fuggles Beer cafe Tunbridge Wells
2015 Runner up Halfway House Brenchley
2014 Kent POTY Windmill Weald
2014 Kent West POTY Windmill Weald
2014 POTY Windmill Weald
2014 Runner up Halfway House Brenchley
2014 Runner up Bedford Tunbridge Wells
2013 COTY Kent Constitutional Club Tunbridge Wells
2013 MI POTY Windmill Weald
2013 POTY Halfway House Brenchley
2013 Runner up Grove Tunbridge Wells
2013 Runner up Bedford Tunbridge Wells
2012 Kent West POTY Halfway House Brenchley
2012 MI POTY Cock Halstead
2012 POTY Halfway House Brenchley
2012 Runner up Old Eden Edenbridge
2012 Runner up Bedford Tunbridge Wells
2011 MI POTY King William Pembury
2011 POTY Halfway House Brenchley
2011 Runner up Anchor Sevenoaks
2011 Runner up Old Eden Edenbridge
2010 POTY Halfway House Brenchley
2010 Runner up Dovecote Capel
2010 Runner up Royal Oak Tunbridge Wells
2009 15 Years Wheatsheaf Marsh Green
2009 25 Years Hopbine Petteridge
2009 POTY Rose & Crown Halstead
2009 Runner up Anchor Sevenoaks
2009 Runner up Halfway House Brenchley
2008 10 Years Dovecote Capel
2008 COTY Constitutional Club Tunbridge Wells
2008 POTY Rose & Crown Halstead
2008 Runner up Hopbine Petteridge
2008 Runner up Halfway House Brenchley
2007 POTY Halfway House Brenchley
2006 Kent POTY Halfway House Brenchley
2006 Kent West POTY Halfway House Brenchley
2006 POTY Halfway House Brenchley
2005 POTY Anchor Sevenoaks
2004 POTY Golding Hop Plaxtol
2003 POTY Dovecote Capel
2002 POTY Wheatsheaf Marsh Green