Pub of the Year

Black Lion staff being presented with the 2017 pub of the year award.Black Lion, Leighton Buzzard South Beds CAMRA Pub of the Year 2017 & Bedfordshire County Pub of the year.

How it works

Every year we select a branch Pub of the Year. With well over 200 pubs in the South Bedfordshire branch, this award is high praise from CAMRA and we take it most seriously.

To be pub of the year you need to do more than just serve consistently good beer, although this is the most important factor. The pub of the year has to be welcoming to all clientele, not just a small minority of society. It has to be somewhere that is enjoyable to be - with friends, family or on your own – this includes many things such as the décor, the state of the toilets, the general ambience etc. The pub of the year will be sympathetic to the various CAMRA causes – they will know and communicate with the local branch and be happy to at least publicise their activities. Value for money is an important factor – this doesn’t just mean how cheap the beer is but has the overall experience been worth the effort and cost of getting there and back.

South Bedfordshire
Like entries for the Good Beer Guide, we accept nominations for the branch pub of the year any time throughout the year and we encourage all members to visit the nominations to provide feedback.

The South Bedfordshire branch winner is chosen at our January branch meeting so that we can announce it at the Luton Beer Festival in February.

The branch winner then goes up against the other two Bedfordshire branch winners for the county pub of the year award. This is chosen in a similar manner to the branch winners with feedback and comments welcomed from all local members. After that, two selected committee members from each of the three branches meet to debate the pros and cons of all three pubs to decide on a winner.

The Bedfordshire county winner then goes up against the other five counties in the East Anglia region: Cambridgeshire, Norfolk, Suffolk, Essex and Hertfordshire. This must be decided by mid August.

The national pub of the year is then chosen from the sixteen regional winners.

Please note: we can only accept nominations and votes for the Good Beer Guide entries or Pub of the Year from local CAMRA members.

List of former branch winners

2016 - Black Lion, Leighton Buzzard
2015 - Black Lion, Leighton Buzzard
2014 - Albion, Ampthill
2013 - Albion, Ampthill
2012 - Albion, Ampthill
2011 - English Rose, Luton
2010 - Globe, Dunstable
2009 - Globe, Dunstable
2008 - Globe, Dunstable
2007 - Globe, Dunstable
2006 - English Rose, Luton
2005 - Victoria, Dunstable
2004 - Two Brewers, Luton
2003 - Oddfellows Arms, Toddington
2002 - Oddfellows Arms, Toddington
2001 - Musgrave Arms, Shillington
2000 - Victoria, Dunstable
1999 - Victoria, Dunstable
1998 - Victoria, Dunstable
1997 - Victoria, Dunstable
1996 - Victoria, Dunstable
1995 - Queens Head, Tebworth
1994 - Plough, Wingfield
1993 - Plough, Wingfield

List of former county winners

2016 - Black Lion, Leighton Buzzard(South)
2015 - Black Lion, Leighton Buzzard(South)
2014 - Engineers Arms, Henlow (East)
2013 - Albion, Ampthill (South)
2012 - Albion, Ampthill (South)
2011 - Engineers Arms, Henlow (East)
2010 - Globe, Dunstable (South)
2009 - Globe, Dunstable (South)
2008 - Wellington Arms, Bedford (North)
2007 - Engineers Arms, Henlow (East)
2006 - Stone Jug, Clophill (North)
2005 - Engineers Arms, Henlow (East)
2004 - Engineers Arms, Henlow (East)
2003 - Engineers Arms, Henlow (East)
2002 - Engineers Arms, Henlow (East)
2001 - Wellington Arms, Bedford (North)

Bedfordshire pubs to win at regional level

2011 - Engineers Arms, Henlow - Also got through to the final four in the National Pub of the Year competition
2003 - Engineers Arms, Henlow
2001 - Wellington Arms, Bedford