Rochdale pub named Britain’s best

A pub in Rochdale, Lancashire has been named the best establishment in Britain by the Campaign for Real Ale (Camra).

The Baum pub (pronounced ‘Bome’) was formerly a hardware store and was converted in the 1980s.

The prestigious National Pub of the Year award will act as recognition for the various people employed in hospitality and catering jobs at the short-listed establishments.

Co-owner of the Baum, Heidi Crompton, said, “We were ecstatic to hear that we had been voted Camra’s National Pub of the Year. We are very proud of the team that have played an important role in The Baum’s success and it is a testament to their hard work that the consumers have recognised our pub with this prestigious award.

“We are a family run pub with our values influencing every aspect of the business in relationships with our staff and suppliers. We are dedicated to the ‘buy local, shop local’ initiative, always willing to support independent businesses. The support from the regular customers and local Camra members is valued and we would like to thank everyone for their continued support.”

The Baum pub took the top prize due to its eight hand pumps, wide variety of food options, large rear garden and its “old world charm”.

Commenting on the win, Julian Hough, Camra’s pubs director, said: “This close to town pub has a winning formula which is well supported by customers. The range of quality products and their fresh modern approach means I’m delighted to crown The Baum our National Pub of the Year. Go and see it for yourself and experience what a brilliant pub it is”.

The Bridge End Inn in Ruabon, Wales, the Conqueror Alehouse in Ramsgate, Kent and the Tom Cobley Tavern in Spreyton, Devon all made the final stage of the competition but were beaten to the top prize.

The Camra award is judged by the organisation’s 146,975 members and is designed to recognise pubs that offer great beer, atmosphere, décor, value for money and service.

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