This seasonal award was introduced in 2010 and is presented twice a year to the pub that is seen to have shown the most improvement over the last 6 months.
This could be anything from increasing or improving the beer range, Supporting the Locale Scheme, running beer festivals, organising brewery trips providing a community function or that the pub is seen to be supporting CAMRA and it’s aims by actively promoting Real Ale.
Kingston & Leatherhead Pub Of The Season – Winter 2016/17
The Black Horse in Kingston has been voted our Winter Pub of The Season for 2016/17
Since the Black Horse has been in the new hands of Hippo Inns it has returned to its original name, after being called the Kingston Gate since 1999. The pub itself was originally owned by the Kingston Brewery Hodgson’s, which was taken over by Courage in 1943. In 1966 the pub was demolished and rebuilt in the familiar Hodgson’s style.
After the more recent reopening last May the interior has a more up to date modern look about it, and at the bar there are now six hand pumps serving a selection of local and regional ales. The kitchen is now also kept busy, as since its refurbishment the pub is very popular for its food, and does get very busy at times.
Branch Chairman Richard Russell presenting The Pub of The Season award to Assistant Manager Suzanne Charlton & supervisor Gerard Porres.
204 London Rd
Kingston upon Thames
Kingston & Leatherhead Pub Of The Season – Summer 2016
We are delighted to announce that Platform 3 in Claygate has been voted Summer Pub of The Season 2016
Converted from a former taxi office, this is the Brightwater Brewery Tap. Only room for one or two customers ordering inside. All seating is in garden furniture on the station forecourt. An awning and heater is used for the colder and wetter months. May also open on other ‘Bonus Days’, which are announced via Twitter, Facebook and the website.
The three changing beers feature all 7 brewed by Brightwater in rotation, with an occasional guest from another local microbrewery. Crisps and nuts available, plus soft drinks and wines from a small fridge. Bottled beers and branded glasses also sold.
The previous winners of the award are:
Winter 2015/16 The Royal Oak, Surbiton
Summer 2015 The Rifleman, Epsom
Winter 2014/15 The Antelope, Surbiton
Summer 2014 The Regent, Walton on Thames
Winter 2013/14 The Ditton, Long Ditton
Summer 2013 The North Star, Hook
Winter 2012/13 Kings Tun, Kingston
Summer 2012 The New Prince, Surbiton
Winter 2011/12 Kingston Gate, Kingston
Summer 2011 King William IV, Mickleham
Winter 2010/11 The Albion, East Molesey