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.

Branch Meeting November 2017

Posted on Wednesday, 08 November 2017 22:02

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

Rainhill Beer Festival 2017

Posted on Wednesday, 08 November 2017 21:48

The Rainhill Beer Festival starts tomorrow (Nov 9th) and lasts until the 11th. We are sponsoring a barrel! http://www.rainhillbeerfest.org/

Committee Meeting November 2017

Posted on Saturday, 21 October 2017 18:42

The next Committee meeting will be held on Wednesday November 8th at The Coach and Horses, Ritherup Lane, Rainhill, Prescot, L35 4NZ (https://whatpub.com/pubs/STH/11/coach-horses-rainhill) at 8pm.

There is a Committee meeting on the 2nd Wednesday of every month. All CAMRA members are welcome to attend these meetings. Committee meetings are always held at local pubs that serve real ale. All are welcome to attend our Committee meetings, but only Committee members can vote.

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

Branch Meeting October 2017

Posted on Saturday, 21 October 2017 18:03

The next Branch meeting will be held on Wednesday October 25th 2017 at The News Room Cafe Bar, 89 Duke St, WA10 2JG (https://whatpub.com/pubs/STH/101/news-room-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

Cider Pub Walk 27th October 2017

Posted on Saturday, 21 October 2017 16:01

To celebrate and promote Cider Month, on Friday the 27th of October we will be setting off on a cider walk around St Helens, visiting all (time permitting) of the pubs within our town centre that regularly serve real cider or perry.

Join us for a tour around town, sampling and learning about cider and perry while helping to support your local (or not-so-local) pubs. All are welcome, the more the merrier! Our town is now so active in the real cider and perry scene, we just hope we can do it all in the one evening!

Anyone interested, meet at The Turks Head, Morley Street, St Helens, WA10 2DQ (https://whatpub.com/pubs/STH/4/turks-head-st-helens) at 7pm, and look for our cider reps, who will be leading the walk. To give us the best chance of completing the circuit, we will be heading out to the next pub at 7:30 sharp.

The event is listed on our Facebook page here

   



October 2017 Committee Meeting

Posted on Wednesday, 11 October 2017 12:42

Our committee meeting for October will be in the Boars Head on the 11th at 8pm. All members are welcome to attend. Here is the facebook event

St Helens & Districts CAMRA Pub of the Year Awards

Posted on Saturday, 07 October 2017 14:23

We are holding an event to celebrate the excellence in our local pub scene on October 18th 2017 at 7pm. The event will be hosted at the HoneyRose Foundation, Radiant House, 2-4 Cotham St, WA10 1SA (above the old Gas showrooms in the centre of town). https://www.honeyrosefoundation.org.uk/contact.
There is an open invitation for CAMRA members to come along and join us. There will be a bar serving a number of bottled/cask beers and real ciders, and a free buffet. Card-carrying CAMRA members will also receive one free drink on arrival.
We ask that you please try and RSVP using the Facebook event, so we can get an idea of numbers for the buffet.

September 2017 Committee Meeting

Posted on Tuesday, 12 September 2017 12:47

Our next committee meeting will be at the Old Mill in Prescot (https://whatpub.com/pubs/STH/43/old-mill-prescot), on Wed 13th at the usual time of 8PM. The Facebook event is here https://www.facebook.com/events/1461964943893767??ti=ia

Applications for Pubs Officer

Posted on Tuesday, 19 September 2017 12:05

As our previous pubs officer stepped down, we are taking applications from people who would like to be the new pubs officer. Applications to be our new pubs officer should be in by the next committee meeting on 11th Oct.

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