Skipton Pub Named as One of the Top Four Pubs in the UK

The Beer Engine, Skipton has been announced as one of the final four in CAMRA’s Pub of the Year competition. The pub now has the opportunity to be named as CAMRA’s National Pub of the Year, one of the highest accolades afforded to the UK’s pubs.

It is a well-established micropub in a tiny street between the town centre and the canal, with a friendly and welcoming ambience. Six handpumps dispense varying beers, always including one blonde or pale ale and one dark brew, plus a character beer. Extended in 2022, the bar now includes craft keg fonts. A still cider and a fruit cider are also on tap alongside a selection of bottled beers, cans and wines.

Adam Davies and Steven Gregory, Directors at The Beer Engine, said: “When we were voted Branch Pub of the Year for our area, we were so happy to get that accolade, and it had never even crossed our minds that we might get further in the competition. To go on to win the regional prize and then to get to the final four in the National Pub of the Year competition is overwhelming, but something us and our team are immensely proud of! We just do what we do: serve a range of beer from breweries that we’d love to see if we walked into a pub! That combined with a lovely crowd, our fabulous staff, great conversation and a fantastic atmosphere makes The Beer Engine what it is.”

Colleen Holiday, Keighley & Craven CAMRA Branch Chair commented: “Since Steve and Adam took over the Beer Engine, they have really made it their own, through expanding the beer and cider range and making it the most welcome and inclusive place possible. Their ideal as to what a good pub is all about is centered on customers and conversation – all supported by quality drinks and service. During COVID, they had the opportunity to expand the truly micro, micropub. With a leap of faith, they invested and expanded space and added a keg wall, further extending their range. They were unsure what customers would think of the changes, but no need – everyone loved it. They work with professionalism and enthusiasm every day and are extremely supportive of CAMRA’s aims. An absolutely wonderful pub!”

All the pubs in the competition are selected by CAMRA volunteers and judged on their atmosphere, decor, welcome, service, value for money, customer mix and most importantly – quality of beer. The overall winner will be announced in January 2024. The other three finalists are Nelson Arms, Tonbridge; Tamworth Tap, Tamworth; and the Trafalgar Hotel, Ramsey, Isle of Man.

National Pub of the Year Coordinator Andrea Briers said: “I am delighted to announce the finalists in our National Pub of the Year competition. Each pub holds a special place in their communities and all offer something unique to their customers. Pubs across the UK have faced many challenges, so it is wonderful to be able to recognise and celebrate the amazing pubs we have and to see them thrive.

“It was a very difficult job this year to whittle entries down to our fabulous four. Each finalist was scored against a range of criteria with all strongly demonstrating what a good pub should be; warm, welcoming, amazing service – and all serving a fantastic range of beers. I look forward to the next phase as they enter the final stage of their journey and compete to be crowned the best pub in the UK.”

The four finalists will be presented with their awards at local events over the coming weeks.

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