Congratulations to the Plymouth Branch Overall Pub Of The Year (POTY) 2013 , which go to Steve and the team from the Fortescue, Mutley Plain, Plymouth. The branch runs five categories within the Pub Of The Year competition, namely City Pub Of The Year, Country Pub Of The Year, Overall Pub Of The Year, Club of the Year and, for the real cider and perry imbiber, the Cider and Perry Pub Of The Year.
The competition runs as follows:
Each Plymouth CAMRA branch member who appears on the National membership database on December 18th each year will receive a postal ballot paper, branch area map and list of country pubs in the branch area; city pubs are all those pubs within the city licensing magistrates’ area, which includes Plympton and Plymstock. The branch is entirely within Devon, and includes Burgh Island. Torpoint, Saltash, Launceston, etc, are within Cornwall and are part of Cornwall branch area. Members can vote for their top three pubs in order, plus a cider and perry pub (which may be one they have already voted for) and a club. Members are advised to enter the address of the pub(s) they are voting for, as there are numerous pubs called King’s/Queen’s Head/Arms, etc and votes without the address will be excluded if there is a doubt. Members MUST add their name AND CAMRA Membership Number to the voting form – no name and/or membership number invalidates the form. Joint members will receive one voting form each, but must state that they are joint members. Other multiple votes will be excluded.
The Branch Committee will ensure that all winners comply with current CAMRA policy. When voting, members may want to take into account of not only the quality of all real ales available, but the atmosphere/style/decor of the pub, the service/welcome they receive, community focus or the pub, any sympathy with CAMRA aims and good overall value. The pub with the overall highest score will be the Overall POTY and City/Country POTY as appropriate, and the others as required by their status.
The winners are as follows:
Overall (and city POTY) Pub Of The Year 2012 is The Fortescue, Mutley Plain, Plymouth PL4 6JQ.
City POTY 2013 runner up The Dolphin Hotel, Barbican, Plymouth PL1 2LS.
Country POTY 2013 The Foxhound Inn, Kingsbridge Road, Brixton PL8 2AH.
Country POTY runner up The Royal Oak, Meavy, Yelverton PL206PJ.
Cider and Perry POTY 2013 The Fortescue, Mutley Plain, Plymouth PL4 6JQ.
Cider and Perry POTY 2013 runner up Union Inn, Underwood Road, Plympton PL7 1SY.
Club of the Year 2013 The Fawn members Club, Prospect Street, Plymouth PL4 8NY.
PUB OF THE YEAR 2013 (Top 10)
|Fortescue, Plymouth|| 120|
|Dolphin, Barbican|| 39|
|Foxhound Inn, Brixton|| 25|
|Royal Oak, Meavy|| 24|
|Union Inn, Plympton|| 22|
|Minerva Inn, Plymouth|| 18|
|Clovelly Bay Inn, Turnchapel|| 16|
|Walkhampton Inn|| 13|
|Plume of Feathers, Princetown|| 13|
|Britannia Inn, Milehouse|| 12|
There were a total of 65 different pubs nominated in the main POTY competition; 10 for the cider and perry POTY competition; and 9 for the club of the year competition. We had 90 returned voting forms, one of which was spoilt, from approx 480 members. This shows that Plymouth CAMRA members are constantly searching for the best pubs in the branch area, with a roughly 50/50 split between the city and the county – thank you to all branch members who took the time to vote in this competition. With well over 600 branch members now, we expect these numbers to increase quite substantially and hope that all the winners appreciate your support from the larger turnout.