CAMRA GREATER LONDON PUB OF THE YEAR 2009
Presentation at the Bricklayer’s Arms - Monday 5 October 2009
Photos by our webmaster Mike Flynn. Click any picture for a larger version or see these and more on Flickr.com.
Once again the reigning CAMRA SW London Pub of the Year 2008, the Bricklayer’s Arms in Putney, has beaten all of the real ale pubs in London for the second time to win the prestigious CAMRA Greater London Pub of the Year award - and the pub is one of only a few where the licensee is a woman.
This is the third year in succession that the South West London CAMRA Pub of the Year has gone on to win the overall London title.
The Award was presented on landlady Becky Newman’s birthday, Monday 5 October, by Kim Martin, CAMRA’s London Regional Director - see Pic 1 above. [More photos available on Flickr.com]. The Bricklayer’s Arms will now join 15 other CAMRA Regional Pub of the Year winners in the next round of CAMRA’s National Pub of the Year competition.
Kim Martin, CAMRA’s London Regional Director, said
We are all delighted for Becky. She runs a warm and welcoming pub with excellent beer and traditional community values. With over 50 pubs shutting each week, CAMRA is actively campaigning to keep our community pubs open; pubs that welcome people from all backgrounds and are the centre of the neighbourhood. The Bricklayer’s Arms is an outstanding example of this and one of which all Londoners should be proud.
Landlady Becky Newman was featured in a GMTV piece about pubs on 22 July 2009. See it at www.gm.tv/videos/gmtv-highlights/36319-save-britains-pubs.html.
The Bricklayer’s Arms dates from 1826. It was rescued from closure in 2005 and since then has gone from strength to strength. The pub regularly sells the full range of Timothy Taylor’s beers from Yorkshire (the only free house in the country to do so), including, unusually, two milds, Dark Mild and Golden Best (a light mild), a beer style that is under threat. The pub is participating in CAMRA’s LocAle scheme, stocking one local London brewer, Sambrook’s, as well as three guest beers from micro breweries and a real cider. Unsurprisingly, the Bricklayer’s Arms has regularly featured in CAMRA’s Good Beer Guide and has managed to convert many of the local Fulham football supporters who use the pub to real ale.
The traditional feel of the pub is enhanced by the availability of traditional pub games, shove ha’penny and bar skittles. It also has its own cricket team.
For information about the Bricklayer’s Arms call the pub on 020 8789 0222 (admin) or 020 8789 3932 (bar/bookings) or see their website www.bricklayers-arms.co.uk.
The winning pub was selected from each of the Greater London CAMRA branches local Pubs of the Year. The twelve finalists are listed below.
- The Robin Hood and Little John, Bexley (Bexley branch)
- The Claret Free House, Addiscombe (Croydon & Sutton branch)
- The Dispensary, Aldgate East (East London & City branch)
- The Beehive, Edmonton (Enfield & Barnet branch)
- The Willoughby Arms, Kingston (Kingston & Leatherhead branch)
- The Bree Louise, Euston (North London branch)
- The Roebuck, Hampton (Richmond & Hounslow branch)
- The Dog and Bell, Deptford (South East London branch)
- The Brittania, Barking (South West Essex branch)
- The Bricklayer’s Arms, Putney (South West London branch)
- The White Horse, Parsons Green (West London branch)
- The Red Lion, Ealing (West Middlesex branch)
All twelve are excellent pubs and well worth a visit.