Huntingdonshire

Campaign for Real Ale

Campaign for Real Ale

Pub Awards

CAMRA gives these annual awards to draw attention to pubs and clubs that operate in ways that CAMRA would wish to encourage - such as providing well-presented ranges of real ales of varied styles, high quality draught ciders, premises with atmosphere and style, good service and welcome, a good community focus and good value.

Awards in 2020

National Pub Saving Award - Runner Up

The Pub Saving Award recognises people that have come together to save a pub that would have otherwise been demolished or converted to another use. It aims to secure publicity for pub-saving campaigns to encourage others to save their local.

The Three Tuns Community Group of Guilden Morden narrowly missed out on taking first place for the 2019 Award but took the well deserved runner up spot.

The Three Tuns, a 17th century, grade 11 listed pub in the Cambridgeshire village of Guilden Morden, was sold by Greene King in 2013. The new owner made clear she had no intention of running it as a pub – she wanted to convert the building to residential and to build houses in the large garden.
Local people successfully applied to have the building listed as an Asset of Community Value, following which the Save the Three Tuns group was formally constituted. They first organised opposition to the owner’s change of use planning application and this was duly rejected both by the Council and on appeal. Thwarted in her plans, the owner put the property up for sale in 2017. A community purchase scheme was set up and raised £250k in share capital with over 280 mostly local people buying shares. £100k was raised in grants and loans awarded under the More Than a Pub programme. Purchase was completed in November 2018, after which the property was extensively renovated (mostly by volunteers), re-opening in June 2019.

Lockdown Hero Awards

It goes without saying that 2020 has been a pretty difficult year for most, and pubs are no exception. However there have been many commendable deeds done by all kinds go people and organisations in this difficult time that deserve praise, and pubs also have done their bit, whether providing a food service in lockdown (some offering free deliveries to those most in need) to getting back on their feet at some risk with a good range of beer as soon as lock down begun to ease. The branch membership was canvassed for Lockdown Hero nominations, and the following deserving pubs where presented with the award. On behalf of pub goers, real ale and cider enthusiasts and members of the community, we thank you for being lockdown heroes! Cheers and thank you!


Lockdown Hero: King of the Belgians, Hartford

The award was presented by pub contact George to Licensee Chris. Well deserved.


Lockdown Hero: King of the Belgians, Hartford

The award was presented by pub contact and branch secretary Chris (behind the camera) to Licensee Jane. Well deserved.


Lockdown Hero: Three Horseshoes, Graveley

The award was presented by pub contact Andy (behind the camera) to Licensees Ben & Kathy. Well deserved.


This award has also been presented to the following pubs, a photo of the presentation will be added here in due course, well done to them all:
Seven Wives, St Ives
Bridge House, St Neots
Exhibition, Godmanchester


Branch Pub of the Year 2020

Winner: Green Man, Colne

The award was presented at the St Neots Booze on the Ouse Festival in March. Presenting the award was Branch Chairman Gareth, and accepting was the Green Man's Pub Contact Roger who passed this award onto jubilant licensees Dave & Sarah.


Having been the winners of the Hunts Branch Pub of the Year, the Green Man goes forward into the Pub of the Year award competition for Cambridgeshire, including the winning pubs for Peterborough, Cambridge and Ely.



The following awards were presented in March at the St Neots 'Booze on the Ouse' Beer and Cider Festival at the Priory Centre. Congratulations to all nominees and winners.


Urban Pub of the Year

Winner: King of the Belgians, Hartford

The Urban Pub of the Year goes to a pub in one of the 3 urban areas of the branch: Huntingdon, St Neots or St Ives. The top 3 nominations in 2020 were the Royal Oak, St Ives; the Ale Taster, St Neots; and the King of the Belgians, Hartford. The Urban Pub of the Year award 2020 went to King of the Belgians, Hartford. The award was presented by local brewer Chris, of the Papworth Brewery, to King of the Belgians licensee, Matt.


Rural Pub of the Year

Winner: Green Man, Colne

The Rural Pub of the year award goes to a branch pub outside of the 3 urban areas of the branch. The top 3 nominations in 2020 were Chequers, Little Grandson; the Green Man, Colne; and the Three Horseshoes, Gravely. The Rural Pub of the Year award 2020 went to the Green Man, Colne. The award was presented by Local Wildlife Trust (Festival Charity) rep George, to Green Man Pub Contact Roger on behalf of licensees Dave & Sarah.


Cider Pub of the Year

Winner: The King of the Belgians, Hartford

The Cider pub of the year is awarded to the branch pub that is voted as the best cider pub, based on regular availability of real cider, kept and dispensed to a high standard. The top 3 nominations in 2020 were the King of the Belgians, Hartford; the Ale Taster, St Neots; and the Falcon, Huntingdon. The Cider Pub of the Year 2020 went to the King of the Belgians, Hartford. The award was presented by local cider producer Tony, of Cromwell Cider, to King of the Belgians Licensee Matt.

Community Pub of the Year

Winner: Cambridgeshire Hunter, Eynesbury

The Community pub of the Year is presented to the branch Pub voted to have been the most community focused. Activities such as supporting local charities and providing a community hub including hosting regular events. The top 3 nominations for 2020 were the Haywain, St Ives; the King of the Belgians, Hartford; and the Cambridgeshire Hunting, Eynesbury. The Community Pub of the Year 2020 went to the Cambridgeshire Hunter, Eynesbury. The award was presented by local brewer Charlie, of IVO Brewery, to the Hunter's Licensees Ants & Ange.

Club of the Year

Winner: Ivy Leaf, St Ives

The Club of the Year award is presented to the Club voted to have been the best for supporting the ideals of CAMRA, offering a regular variety of real ale as well as offering a welcoming atmosphere and a service to the community. The top 3 of the nominated clubs were the Ivy Leaf, St Ives; the Comrads Club, Godmanchester; and the St Neots Rugby Club, St Neots. The Club of the Year award 2020 went to the the Ivy Leaf, St Ives. The award was presented by Festival Bar Manager Chris, to Ian on behalf of the Ivy Leaf.

Once again, congratulations to all the winners of the Pub of the Year awards. Below is the group photograph of all of the award winners presented at the St Neots Booze on the Ouse Beer & Cider Festival

Pub Awards from previous years:

Pub Awards 2019
Pub Awards 2018
Pub Awards 2017
Pub Awards 2015
Pub Awards 2014