For anyone who doesn’t know, this is how we run our annual Pub of the Year Competition.
Every Amber Valley CAMRA member (over 900) is invited to nominate 2 to 5 pubs from a list of over a hundred pubs in the area that they feel are worthy candidates to go forward to the Pub of the Year competition. The nominations are sent to the organisers by email during November and entered into a spreadsheet. On 1st December these nominations are added up and, quite simply, the top eight highest scoring pubs go through to the competition.
All CAMRA members are invited to judge the competition by visiting the eight pubs during December and January, filling in a score sheet which includes the following categories in line with national CAMRA guidelines – 1. Quality of real ale/cider/perry 2. Style, furnishing and cleanliness 3. Service and welcome 4. Community focus and atmosphere 5. Alignment with CAMRA principles 6. Overall impression. Within each category, the judges are given notes from CAMRA HQ on what to consider and base their marks on.
By the end of January, all the judging forms have been returned, the scores entered into a spreadsheet and totalled. The results are based on the highest scoring pub being the winner with the second highest being runner up.
The two CAMRA volunteers who run the competition have been doing so for many years and no other Committee members are involved. No one, apart from the Chairman, is notified of the results until they are announced at the AGM.
We are confident that the competition is run in the most fair and open way possible. However, should anyone have any specific queries regarding this year’s competition, please contact us directly at . Similarly, if anyone has any suggestions as to how the competition could be run differently, please let us know.