TRAFALGAR, Merton is SWL Pub of the Year 2015
The CAMRA SW London Pub of the Year 2015 is the TRAFALGAR in Merton. Congratulations to everyone associated with the Traf.
The Nightingale, Balham was in second place with the Hand in Hand Wimbledon in third.
The Presentation of the certificate will be in the pub on Wednesday 1st June (7.30pm for 8) - All are welcome to join us for the celebrations.
There were six pubs in contention for the award. Full details at: camraswl.org.uk/PotY/2015/.
Our branch rules mean that the previous year's winner, the EAGLE ALE HOUSE in Battersea, is excluded from this year's vote.
All 1,500+ South West London CAMRA members were eligible to vote for their favourite pub(s).
CAMRAswl members with no email address registered with CAMRA's main website received a paper ballot with the Annual Christmas mail out letter.
SW London CAMRA Beer Prices Survey
The results of our annual branch Beer Prices Survey are as follows:
Session Bitter average price £3.72 (£3.61 last year) or without the Wetherspoons £3.81 (£3.70 last year), a 3% increase in each case.
Seven of our 20 sample pubs now charge £4 or more.
BEER FESTIVAL 2016
Following the major fire last year at the Battersea Arts Centre we will not be able to host our Annual Battersea Beer Festival at his venue for two or three years.
CAMRAswl branch has been looking for a suitable alternative venue for us to host a Beer Festival in 2016.
GOOD NEWS: We have been investigating a promising venue in the Mitcham area which seems suitable for us to host a Festival.
If this goes ahead it will be in the summer or Autumn.
We hope to have more news soon - keep checking this website or the Battersea Beer Festival website for the latest.
The CAMRA LocAle initiative is the accreditation scheme to promote pubs that sell locally-brewed real ale, reducing the number of ‘beer miles’ and supporting local breweries.
Several pubs in our area have LocAle accreditation. This entails a pub permanently stocking at least one real ale produced within thirty miles of the pub.
For more information and a list of accredited LocAle pubs in our area see our LocAle page.
CAMRA’s ON-LINE HERITAGE PUB GUIDE
The National Inventory is CAMRA's pioneering effort to identify and protect the most important historic pub interiors in the country. It has always been part of the campaign's mission to not only save real ale but also Britain's rich heritage of pubs. See www.heritagepubs.org.uk.
Read the online Obituaries [http://camraswl.org.uk/obits] for some CAMRAswl stalwarts who have passed on.