Awards Procedures and Winners

Pub of the Year Selection Procedure

To select our Area Pubs of the Year, members attending area socials held in November and December are asked to nominate a pub worthy of the title based on their personal experiences over the previous 12 months, taking into account a number of factors including beer quality and choice, general ambience and support of CAMRA values.  Members who are unable to attend these socials can send their nomination to their appropriate area social coordinator via email.  Nominations close at midnight  on 31 December.  The area social coordinators count the votes and the results are published on this website, on our Facebook group and via email.  The Spring edition of of Full Pints will also have a feature on the various presentations that take place in January.

The four area winners are then visited by a panel of four judges made up by CAMRA members representing each of our social areas.  Each judge uses the CAMRA judging criteria to assess three of the area winners.  They do not assess the pub from their own area and this process is usually completed by mid-March. 

The winning pub will be styled “Ayrshire & Wigtownshire Pub of the Year” for the year in which it is judged and progresses to be considered for the Scotland & Northern Ireland award.

Club of the Year Selection Procedure

In January/February of each year, the few eligible clubs, i.e. those offering real ale on a regular basis, in our branch area are judged by a designated committee member using the judging criteria for the Scotland & Northern Ireland award. 

The winning club is styled “Ayrshire & Wigtownshire Club of the Year” for the year in which it is judged and progresses to be considered for the Scotland & Northern Ireland award.

Cider Pub of the Year Selection Procedure

Members are asked to nominate pubs in our branch area that offer real cider and/or perry.  In January/February of each year, the nominated pubs are judged by a designated committee member using the judging criteria for the Scotland & Northern Ireland award. 

The winning pub is styled “Ayrshire & Wigtownshire Cider Pub of the Year of the Year” for the year in which it is judged and progresses to be considered for the Scotland & Northern Ireland award.

Area Pubs of the Year 2023

This image shows the presentation of the South Ayrshire Pub of the Year award to Number Forty-Seven, Troon.
South Ayrshire Pub of the Year 2023 is Number Forty-Seven, Troon
This image shows the presentation of the North Ayrshire Pub of the Year award to Fraser's Bar, Millport.
North Ayrshire Pub of the Year 2023 is Fraser's Bar, Millport
This image shows the presentation of the Wigtownshire Pub of the Year award to the Harbour Inn, Garlieston.
Wigtownshire Pub of the Year 2023 is The Harbour Inn, Garlieston
This image shows the presentation of the East Ayrshire Pub of the Year award to the Black Bull Inn, Darvel.
East Ayrshire Pub of the Year 2023 is The Black Bull Inn, Darvel.

Branch Pub of the Year 2024 - Harbour Inn, Garlieston

Harbour Inn

Branch Club of the Year 2024 - Ardrossan Accies Rugby Club

An image showing the presentation of the Branch Club of the Year certificate
Alan Merry, Ardrossan Accies and CAMRA member, accepts the award from Branch Chair, Lindsay Grant.

Scotland & Northern Ireland Club of the Year 2023

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Scotland & Northern Ireland Director, Stuart McMahon, presents the award to club steward, Ross Mitchell

Brewery of the Year 2024 - Five Kingdoms Brewery, Isle of Whithorn

An image showing Branch Chair, Lindsay Grant awarding the certificate to Alastair Scoular of Five Kingdoms Brewery.
Branch Chair, Lindsay Grant awarding the certificate to Alastair Scoular of Five Kingdoms Brewery

Beer of the Year 2024 - Loch Lomond Silkie Stout

A photo will be posted as soon as the award presentation takes place.