The Cricketers Arms has been named one of the top four pubs in the country in CAMRA’s Pub of the Year awards, one of the most respected and well-known pub awards in the UK. The Cricketers will be presented with an award for its
achievement on the 18th November 2017 at 3pm.
A regional Pub of the Year winner in 2015 and 2016, this is the first year that the Cricketers has made it to the super-regional round of the competition with the chance to secure the national title. Owner Andy Evans said: “We are absolutely ecstatic to be named one of the top four pubs in the Pub of the Year competition! When we bought the pub over four years ago it was boarded up and hadn’t actually sold cask ale since the 1980s. Since taking it over we’ve done everything we can to make it a good community pub, with 13 cask ales on and regular jam nights, pub quizzes and charity events. We’ve also got some big plans for installing a microbrewery next year. We are really proud to be part of the cask ale scene and would like to congratulate all the other pubs in the running - including our local rivals the Wigan Central! We hope to bring the accolade home to Merseyside this year.”
Nick Bosley, CAMRA’s Regional Director for Merseyside and Cheshire said: “After winning the regional award in both 2015 and 2016 it's a well deserved third time lucky for the Cricketers on reaching the final. In less than five years, Andy and Denise have converted this former keg-only pub to a destination pub offering 13 cask beers of all styles (both local and from further afield) and over 10 ciders and perries. On the principle that a pub is always a 'work in progress' they continue to make small changes to improve the pub. As a strong rugby league pub they also look forward to a final against local rivals Wigan.”
The other finalists in the competition are local rival Wigan Central in Wigan, as well as the Stanford Arms in Lowestoft and the Weavers Real Ale House in Kidderminster. The four finalists will now have the chance to win the National Pub of the Year award, which will be announced in February 2018.
The next Branch meeting will be held on Wednesday November 22nd 2017 at The George, George Street, St Helens, WA10 1BU (https://whatpub.com/pubs/STH/32/george-st-helens) at 8pm. There is a Branch meeting on the 4th Wednesday of every month to discuss current issues and have a general catch up with local brewery, pub, and beer festival news. Most meetings are quite informal and fairly short (on average between an hour and an hour and a half). All are welcome to attend our Branch meetings, members and non-members of CAMRA alike, but if it comes to a vote only CAMRA members can vote at Branch meetings. Our CAMRA Branch meetings are always held at local pubs that serve real ale.
NOTE: If you are a St. Helens CAMRA member and you are attending your first meeting we will buy you a pint as a welcome to the branch!!!
Here is a link to the Facebook event
The Rainhill Beer Festival starts tomorrow (Nov 9th) and lasts until the 11th. We are sponsoring a barrel! http://www.rainhillbeerfest.org/