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.
Branch Pub of the Year 2020
The Steam Packet Inn, Isle of Whithorn has been voted Ayrshire & Wigtownshire Pub of the Year 2020. Congratulations to Alastair Scoular and his team. The presentation of the award will be made in due course and details will be available on this website and in the branch calendar.
Area Pubs of the Year 2019
Pub of the Year and Club of the Year 2019
Branch Pub of the Year 2019
Judging over and points tallied, we can now reveal that our branch Pub of the Year for 2019 is The Twa Dugs in West Kilbride. An amazing achievement for a pub which opened its doors after a major refurbishment early last year.
Club of the Year 2019
Cambusdoon Sports Club has retained the title of Ayrshire & Wigtownshire CAMRA Club of the Year.
The presentation was made by branch chair,Lindsay Grant to Ross Mitchell, the club steward, during the recent 4th Alloway Beer Festival.
Other Award Winners
Beer of the Year 2019
Red MacGregor from Orkney Brewery was voted our Beer of the Year at our AGM in March. The presentation of the award was made by National Director, Jonathan Kemp at the recent Glasgow Real Ale Festival. Accepting the award was Craig Steven, the commercial manager of Orkney Brewery.
Beer Garden of the Year 2019
McKays in Troon has been voted to have take the title of Beer Garden of the Year.
On what had been a rather damp and dreich day, the clouds parted and the sun shone long enough for the presentation to McKays to be made outside in the beer garden.
Beer of the Festival 2019
Captain Morrison’s IPA brewed by Five Kingdoms in the Isle of Whithorn was voted Beer of the Festival at the 20th Ayrshire Real Ale Festival.
Alastair Scoular and his team were delighted with the news. The presentation will be made in due course.
Full Pints Wins Again!
Full Pints has retained the title CAMRA National Magazine of the Year. This is the third win in the space of the last four years and is a fantastic achievement for our branch.
The award was made during the Members’ Weekend in Dundee and magazine editor, Stuart McMahon, was on hand to accept the certificate from National Executive member Lynn Atack
Ayrshire & Wigtownshire website has undergone a major transformation over the past eighteen months. The new site is based on a WordPress theme and is mobile friendly. All CAMRA branch websites are assessed by a panel of judges and our website was one of the finalists.
Webmaster Ronnie Beveridge accepted the certificate from branch chair, Lindsay Grant at a recent committee meeting.