PROCEDURE FOR CAMRA'S PUB OF THE YEAR COMPETITION
The competition is organised and co-ordinated by the RD representative on Pub Campaigns Group (PCG) up to super-regional rounds. The results of the super-regional rounds are then passed on to the Chair of PCG who arranges the judging of the final four pubs in the competition.
There are 4 stages:
Branch Pub of the Year
Regional Pub of the Year
Super-Regional Judging (to award Finalists for the National Pub of the Year)
Final Judging (to award a National Pub of the Year)
Judging Procedure and Timetable
An FAQ document on the Pub of the Year process can be found here.
Branches can select their Pub of the Year using a selection method which suits the branch's area and circumstances but branches are advised to have processes and procedures in place which are transparent, explainable and defendable so that they can defend any challenges to their result.
The regional round of the competition is run by the Regional Director or their nominee. As with the branch round it is up to a region how they select their winner but again, it is advisable to have processes and procedures in place which are transparent, explainable and defendable so that the result can be defended should it be challenged.
Some regions also hold intermediate rounds during this period covering particular areas of the region, eg. County Pub of the Year.
The winners of each region are arranged by the Organiser into 4 groups of 4 regional winners. Each Regional Director is assigned a group of four pubs. These pubs can be judged either by the RD themselves or a representative but all the judging must be done by the same person
The winners of each of the Super-regional Rounds form the "finalists". The RD representative on PCG passes these on to the Chair of PCG who arranges the judging of the finalists
The details of the finalists are announced in December's What's Brewing and are therefore embargoed until this issue is published.
Usually the timescale is:-
Branch Pub of the Year – deadline of mid March (to tie in with Community Pubs Month)
Regional Pub of the Year – deadline of early/mid August (to allow information to be gathered ahead of the Good Beer Guide launch). These results are embargoed until the launch of the Good Beer Guide.
Super-Regional Judging - deadline towards the end of October (these results are announced in December's What's Brewing) These results are embargoed until the publication date of December's What's Brewing.
Final Judging – deadline in January the following year. (The presentation to the national Winner generally takes place in February) The announcement of the winning pub is embargoed until the presentation date.
Judging Forms and Criteria
All judging, from the Super Regional onwards, must be undertaken using the competition's guidelines and judging forms which clearly set out the criteria and the weighting factor applied to them. Branches and regions may consider it desirable to take these criteria into account when judging at the preliminary stages.
The criteria are:
Quality of Beer/Cider/Perry
Style, Décor, Furnishing and Cleanliness
Service, Welcome & Offering
Community Focus and Atmosphere
Alignment with CAMRA Principles
The guidelines and judging forms are issued in a branch mail out at the same time as the deadlines are announced, generally in September/October. The exact dates will vary from year to year.
- Branch Pub of the Year -The branch is responsible for arranging the presentation to their winner.
- Regional Pub of the Year - The RD is responsible for ensuring that the certificate is ordered and arranging any presentations.
- Super-Regional Round – These certificates are ordered by the Pub of the Year Coordinator and sent directly to the appropriate RD, The RD for the regions where these pubs are located makes appropriate arrangements for the presentation of these certificate in late November/December.
- Final Round – The Chair of PCG arranges for this certificate to be produced and liaises with the press office at HQ and the relevant RD with regard to the arrangements for this certificate.