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 – Summer 2018
2 local favourites that we just couldn’t separate, meaning for the first time we have joint winners:
Congratulations to both The Willoughby Arms Kingston & The Jolly Coopers, Epsom
The Willoughby needs little introduction, but this Friendly Victorian back-street local, divided into a sports bar with games and large-screen TV, and a quieter lounge area. The pub is free of tie and all beers tend to be sourced from small breweries. An upstairs function room can be hired for events. Pizzas and pies are available, cooked on the premises to order. The spacious garden includes a covered, heated and lit smoking area with large TV screen. Home to Kingston SPBW. Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck and the Yardbirds rehearsed upstairs in the 60’s. Quiz night Sundays. Loyalty card operates from 6pm Sunday to Thursday. One or two beer festivals held per year. Now free of tie, meaning an even greater range of ales are available.
A delighted Rick Robinson receiving his well deserved award from branch Vice Chairman Chris Miler on the presentation evening.
The Jolly Coopers is a recently refurbished pub more than 200 years old, situated in the middle of a residential area just over half a mile west of the town centre. Whilst food features, it is still very much a pub with food. Two areas, with the carpeted bar area to the left and another larger area with polished parquet flooring to the right used more for dining, but not exclusively so. Modern decor with painted walls. The large clock in the bar is a feature. Large paved garden at rear. Changing beers are mainly from micros in Surrey and slightly further afield. The pub has opened its own brewery in an outbuilding under the name of ‘Fuzzchat’, which is the name given to someone who is born on Epsom common. Local CAMRA Pub of the Year 2011 & 2012. On the edge of Epsom Common and the nearest pub to the wells that once made Epsom a spa town. We will be presenting their award on Tuesday 14 August from 8pm
Kingston & Leatherhead Pub Of The Season – Winter 2017/18
We are delighted to announce that The Bell in East Molesey has been voted our Winter Pub of The Season 2017/18
This historic coaching Inn, known locally as the Crooked House, dates from 1460 and was later East Molesey’s first post office. The 18th century highwayman Claude Duvalier hid from the Bow Street Runners here. The naval officer atop the weathervane looking through his spyglass for customers, originally stood on the parish church looking for the congregation. Full of nooks and crannies, suitable for romantic liaisons. The large garden has two children’s play areas in it. Stone and wood floors, walls decorated with old photos of the area. Three TV screens for sports. Quiz night Tue.
4, Bell Road
The previous winners of the award are:
Summer 2107 The Albion, Kingston
Winter 2016/17 Black Horse, Kingston
Summer 2016 Platform 3, Claygate
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