Pints of View Summer 2019

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The Summer 2019 issue of Pints of View will soon be available in real ale pubs throughout the branch area. This issue includes all the regular pub and brewery news, plus features on this year's Pubs of the Year, the tiled paintings of Bennets Bar, new brewpubs, and more. Look out for a copy in a pub near you. This issue will also be available online on the Publications page shortly.

Pub News Update: Since going to press, we have learned that The Cross Keys in Peebles and the Bourtree in Hawick are no longer for sale, and the Hunters Hall in Galashiels will now be opening later in July.

Overall Branch Pub of the Year 2019

This year’s Overall Branch Pub of the Year winner is....
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The Bridge Inn, Peebles. Congratulations!

Branch Pubs of the Year 2019

The results of this year’s Pub of the Year awards are as follows:

City of Edinburgh Pub of the Year

Joint 1st Dreadnought, North Fort Street

Joint 1st Stockbridge Tap, Raeburn Place

3rd Cloisters, Brougham Place


Lothians Pub of the Year

1st Staggs, Musselburgh

2nd Dean Tavern, Newtogrange

3rd Grey Horse, Balerno


Borders Pub of the Year

1st Bridge Inn, Peebles

2nd Rutherfords, Kelso

3rd Plough Inn, Leitholm


Cider Pub of the Year

1st Jolly Judge, Lawnmarket

2nd Blacksmith's Forge, Dalkeith

3rd Staggs, Musselburgh

Congratulations to all the winners! The overall winner will be announced in mid-March.

Real Ale Quality Award 2018

At the November branch meeting, the beer scores received from members since February 2018 were used to select the winners of this year’s Real Ale Quality award.

This year’s Real Ale Quality award winners are:
  • Edinburgh City - Cask & Barrel (Southside)
  • Lothian - Ducks Inn, Aberlady
  • Borders - Plough Inn, Leitholm
Runners up:
  • Edinburgh City - Roseburn Bar
  • Lothian - Volunteer Arms (Staggs), Musselburgh
  • Borders - Craw Inn, Auchencrow
The overall branch winner is the Plough Inn, Leitholm. We plan to do a presentation to them in the New Year. More information to follow.

Staggs Bar - National Pub of the Year Finalist!

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CAMRA Scotland & NI Regional Director, Sarah Crawford, presents Nigel Finlay with the National PotY Finalist certificate.

After being voted Lothians Pub of the Year and Overall Branch Pub of the Year, Staggs Bar, Musselburgh went on to win the Scotland & Northern Ireland Pub of the Year award in August. They have now been named as a Finalist in the CAMRA National Pub of the Year 2018 competition - or in the words of the CAMRA press release, “one of the best four pubs in the country”!

The winner of the National Pub of the Year title for 2018 will be announced in February 2019. Well done to Nigel and Katie, and best of luck!