Pub of the Year archive

York CAMRA have been choosing a Pub of the Year since 1995. We start to choose this in autumn. Members on our email network are invited to nominate up to three York and three non-York (outside the outer ring road) pubs for the award. Any pub that sells real ale in the branch area can be nominated, except for last year’s winner. A standard, scored survey form is needed for each nomination. From all valid nominations, a shortlist of around six is compiled from those receiving the most nominations. Survey forms are then invited from the full membership over the winter. During this time, social opportunities are organised for all shortlisted pubs and members are encouraged to try them out. All valid survey forms are then collated in mid-February and the result declared in March.

In 2013 we also selected Bishopthorpe Sports and Social Club as our York CAMRA Club of the Year

The winners in previous years are shown below

Year Pub Description
2013 Ferryboat Inn, Thorganby Delightful country village pub
2012 Waggon & Horses, York A must-visit pub with a great beer range
2011 Brigantes, York Second win for this all-round excellent pub
2010 Ferry Boat Inn, Thorganby Friendly, traditional, family-run pub
2009 Swan, York Thriving, Grade II listed, community pub
2008 Brigantes, York Smart bar with a good range of beers, both local and foreign
2007 Blue Bell, York A hat trick of wins for this cosy, unspoilt gem
2006 St. Vincent Arms, Sutton on Derwent Second win for this outstanding family-run free house
2005 Rook & Gaskill, York Wide range of well-kept beers in this Castle Rock pub
2004 Golden Ball, York Much more than a backstreet local
2003 Blue Bell, York Second win for this ever-popular city centre pub
2002 St. Vincent Arms, Sutton on Derwent Excellent, family-run village inn
2001 Ackhorne, York Welcoming, lively free house
2000 Maltings, York First pub to win the award for a second time
1999 Ferry Inn, Cawood Splendid old inn, serving fine ales and food
1998 Station Hotel, Easingwold Once the home of Easingwold Brewery, no longer operating as a pub
1997 Jolly Farmers, Leavening Excellent country free house
1996 Maltings, York Unique free house in the centre of town
1995 Blue Bell, York Small pub with unspoilt interior dating back nearly a century