Pub Awards

Pub Awards from previous years:

Pub Awards 2014
Pub Awards 2015

Cambridgeshire Pub of the Year

Winner: King of the Belgians Hartford

In the photo below from the left are Matt Spicer, Jane Spicer and Ray London, Huntingdonshire CAMRA Branch Secretary.


Hunts CAMRA Pub Awards 2015

The following awards were presented during the Press and Trade Preview at the St Ives 'Booze on the Ouse' Beer and Cider Festival 2015. Congratulations to all winners and nominees.

Community Pub of the Year

Nominees: King of the Belgians Hartford; Barley Mow Eaton Ford; Pig & Abbot Abington Pigotts

Winner: King of the Belgians Hartford

In the photograph are on the left, Matt Spicer, and Andy Shaw on the right. The King of the Belgians, which was also last year’s Community Pub of the Year, organises a wide variety of community events, with regular live music nights.


Mild/Dark Ale Pub of the Year

Nominees: Falcon Huntingdon; King of the Belgians Hartford; Ye Olde Sun St Neots

Winner: Falcon Huntingdon

In the cebtre of the photo, Paul Hepworth, the licensee of the Falcon, Huntingdon, which always has at least two to three different dark beers, including mild, porter and stout.


LocAle Pub of the Year

Nominees: Addison Arms Glatton; White Horse Tilbrook; Falcon Huntingdon

Winner: Addison Arms Glatton

In the photo is Mick Soulsby, licensee of the Addison Arms, Glatton. The Addison Arms which was last year’s LocAle Pub of the Year, offers a a fine selection of well kept real ales, including several LocAles, and real cider from local producer Cromwell.


Pub Champion of the Year

Winner: Paul Hepworth (Falcon Huntingdon)

In the photo, Paul Hepworth, the licensee of the Falcon, Huntingdon. The saving of this iconic historical pub in the Market Square, Huntingdon was the most significant pub saving event of 2014. Not only did Paul reopen the Falcon with an excellent refurbishment, but later in 2015 he refurbished a series of first floor rooms and created a bar on the first floor. This includes the splendid room above the archway into the Market Square, with it’s bay window. This room is thought to be where Oliver Cromwell conducted his own meetings and recruitment. The Huntingdonshire Branch of CAMRA is now regularly holding meetings in this room. Paul still has other plans as yet not completed, and we can expect the Falcon to add many more facilities in the months to come.


Lifetime Achievement Award

Winner: Kathy Hadfield-Moorhouse (CAMRA)

Kathy Hadfield-Moorhouse has been an active pub campaigner since the 1980s, when she was involved in saving pubs in Norfolk. Moving to St Ives in the early 90’s, Kathy was actively involved in pub campaigning in Huntingdonshire, and it was Kathy who 10 years ago led the fight to oppose the planning application to change the King of the Belgians into housing. For many years Kathy was a national director (a member of CAMRA’s National Executive) and during her term she created CAMRA’s first Pubs Group, a pivotal moment in CAMRA’s history, since before this point CAMRA had primarily campaigned for real ale.


The following awards were presented during the Press and Trade Preview at the St Neots 'Booze on the Ouse' Beer and Cider Festival 2015. Congratulations to all winners and nominees.

Overall Branch Pub of the Year

King of the Belgians, Hartford

In the photograph from the left, Jim Taylor, Richard Harrison and Jane Spicer.

The King of the Belgians, which was also last year’s Branch Pub of the Year, offers a choice of four constantly changing real ales, as well real cider, organises a wide variety of community events, with regular live music nights, and hosts an annual beer festival.

The King of the Belgians now goes forward into the Cambridgeshire Pub of the Year competition, the results of which will be announced in late May.

Rural Pub of the Year

Nominees: Addison Arms, Glatton; White Horse, Tilbrook; Chequers, Little Gransden

Winner: Addison Arms, Glatton

In the photo is Mick Soulsby, licensee of the Addison Arms, Glatton, accepting the award on behalf of himself and his wife Katy. Mick and Kate have been running the Addison Arms for two years, and the pub, which was last year’s Rural Pub of the Year, offers a a fine selection of well kept real ales, including several LocAles, real cider, and organises various community events.


Urban Pub of the Year

Nominees: King of The Belgians, Hartford; Hog & Partridge, St Neots; Royal Oak, St Ives/p>

Winner: King of the Belgians, Hartford

Most Improved Rural Pub of the Year

Nominees: Three Horseshoes, Houghton; Eight Bells, Abbotsley; White Swan, Bluntisham

Winner: Eight Bells, Abbotsley

In the photo, Oliver Reynolds, the licensee of the White Horse, Eaton Socon, who also holds the lease of the Eight Bells. Oliver also holds the lease of the Rose and Crown, Somersham, and the Vine, Buckden. The Eight Bells was recently sold by Greene King to pub company Hawthorn Leisure. Since Oliver took over the management of this pub, the Eight Bells has once again become the hub of the village hosting many community events including a beer festival.

Most Improved Urban Pub of the Year

Nominees: Falcon, Huntingdon; Old Sun, Eaton Socon

Winner: Falcon, Huntingdon

In the photo on the left is Paul Hepworth, the lease holder of the Falcon, who also runs the Olde England, Northampton and the Olde England 2 in Wellingborough. Following a major restoration, the Falcon reopened just before Christmas after being closed for six years. The Falcon now has 15 handpumps dispensing a good range of well kept real ales, including many LocAles from Northamptonshire, plus real cider and perry. Paul has many more plans to further enhance the Falcon, including pub food, a function room and a pub games room.

Cider & Perry Pub of the Year

Nominees: Pig n Falcon, St Neots; Falcon, Huntingdon; Chequers, Little Gransden

Winner: Pig n Falcon, St Neots

In the photo is John Nunn. This is the third successive year that John has won this award. The Pig always offers a good range of cider and perry, with the range extending during each of the four quarterly beer and cider festivals held at the Pig and Hog. The Pig ‘n’ Falcon now goes forward into the Cambridgeshire Cider Pub of the Year competition.

Club of the Year

Nominees: St. Neots Rugby Club, St Neots; Comrades Club, Godmanchester; Yelling Social Club, Yelling

Winner: St. Neots Rugby Club, St Neots

The club regularly offers two real ales in their function room, and holds a beer festival in May. A major refurbishment of the main club room is planned when handpumps will be installed offering an improved range of real ales.

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.