National Pub of the year

We are delighted to announce that The Baum, Rochdale, Lancashire has been crowned the best pub in Britain by CAMRA (the Campaign for Real Ale).

CAMRA’s National Pub of the Year competition recognises all the criteria that make a great pub, including atmosphere, decor, welcome, service, value for money, customer mix, but most importantly, the quality of the beer.

CAMRA’s National Pub of the Year competition is judged by CAMRA’s 146,975 membership. Each CAMRA branch selects their favourite pub. The branch winners are entered into 16 regional competitions, with the 16 winners then battling it out to reach the final stages of the competition.

We were ecstatic to hear that we’ve been voted CAMRA’s National Pub of the Year and are very proud of the team that have played an important role in The Baum’s success and it is a testament to their hard work that the consumers have recognised our pub with this prestigious award.

We are a family run pub with our values influencing every aspect of the business in relationships with our staff and suppliers. We are dedicated to the ‘buy local, shop local’ initiative, always willing to support independent businesses. The support from the regular customers and local CAMRA members is valued and we would like to thank everyone for their continued support.

CAMRA’s Pubs Director, Julian Hough said, “I would like to congratulate Simon, Heidi and all of the staff at The Baum on winning CAMRA’s national award. It is great to see a pub that offers consumers a fantastic range of quality drinks and also supports local businesses crowned National Pub of the Year. I would urge all pub lovers to visit The Baum and experience what a brilliant pub it is.”

Peter Alexander, Chairman of Rochdale, Oldham and Bury CAMRA said, “Clearly we are absolutely thrilled that the Baum has been chosen as CAMRA’s National Pub Of The Year. While we locally know how good a pub the Baum is, it is fantastic to have this confirmed by senior judges who have never visited it before. Given that the Baum was up against some tremendously fierce competition, Simon and Heidi have done a tremendous job. There is no higher accolade in pub awards and we in the local CAMRA branch are very proud to have Britain’s best pub in our area.”

We are the champions!

We won! The Campaign For Real Ale (CAMRA) has today revealed that the Greater Manchester Pub Of The Year 2012 is us, The Baum, Rochdale. We are all very very pleased. The award is for our whole team who are the key to The Baum’s success. They are all trained in the cellar and are all very conscientious about knowing about the beers so they can advise our customers. To win this award is just great, every one of us is smiling.

We pride ourselves on our ever changing range of cask ales and ciders. There is always a minimum of one beer from a local brewery and ingredients for their bar menu are sourced from local suppliers.

The CAMRA judges visit the pubs on a range of different days and at varying times of day to experience the full breadth of what each pub has to offer. CAMRA Regional Director Ralph Warrington said:

“This is a fantastic pub that not only celebrates all that is best in traditional British cask beers, but is also a lynch pin of the local community. This is a great achievement by Simon and the team and a testament to their hard work at the Baum.”

“The pub now goes forward to be judged against the other fifteen regional UK winners to decide who will be crowned CAMRA’s Pub of the Year 2012. To get to the last sixteen pubs in this competition really marks out The Baum as one of the very best.”

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