updated 28/03/2018

Rotherham CAMRA Pub of the Year winners 2018

POTY : Wath Tap Overall Winner

Runner up POTY: The New York Tavern

Town POTY: The New York Tavern

Runner-up town POTY: Bluecoat 

Rural POTY : Wath Tap

Runner-up Rural POTY : George and Dragon Wentworth

Club of the Year: Wickersley Old Village Cricket Club

Runner up Club of the Year : Phoenix Club Brinsworth

Most improved POTY: The Stag

Rotherham CAMRA Pub of the Year winners 2017

POTY : Wath Tap

Town POTY: The New York Tavern 

Runner-up town POTY: Cutlers 

Runner up Rural POTY: Duke of Leeds

Club of the Year: Wickersley Old Village Cricket Club

Most improved POTY: Three Horseshoes at Wickersley

Rotherham CAMRA Champion Beer of Yorkshire 2017

Overall winners

Champion Beer of Yorkshire
Timothy Taylor's RAM TAM

Silver - Saltaire Triple Chocaholic

Bronze - Little Critters White Wolf

Category winners

Gold - Rudgate Ruby Mild
Silver - Timothy Taylor's Golden Best
Bronze - Timothy Taylor's Dark Mild

Gold - Elland White Prussian
Silver - Gene Pool Paleo
Bronze = Acorn Barnsley Bitter
Bronze = Stancill Barnsley Bitter

Gold - Timothy Taylor's Ram Tam
Silver - Rudgate Battleaxe
Bradfield - Yorkshire Farmer

Gold - Blue Bee Born in the USA
Silver - Yorkshire Waverider
Bronze - Elland Blonde

Gold - Little Critters White Wolf
Silver - Abbeydale Absolution
Bronze - Chantry Special Reserve

Gold - Sheffield Brewery Sheffield Porter
Silver - Old Mill Yorkshire Porter
Bronze - Acorn Old Moor Porter

Gold - Abbeydale Black Mass
Silver - Geeves The Nightmare
Bronze - Chantry Diamond Black

Gold - Saltaire Triple Chocaholic
Silver - On The Edge Black Roots
Bronze - Yorkshire Raspberry Tipple

Congratulations to the brewers of all these brilliant beers!

Chantry Brewery

Chantry Brewery are launching their latest brew 'Chai This' at New York Tavern at 2000 on Friday 20 January.
This was brewed by Elissa Morgan and Kevin Warburton to a recipe devised by Steve Burns Jnr.
It is a brown ale made from five different malts balanced by Willamette hops then an infusion of ginger and spices was added in the conditioning vessel to give it a warming but not overpowering taste.
There will be a small buffet and a raffle for the Motor Neurone Disease Association.

2016 Rotherham CAMRA Beer Festival
We are delighted to announce the result of the Beer tasting competition held at the festival.

Yorkshire Regional Meeting
Rotherham CAMRA are hosting the November meeting at Woodlands Club, Doncaster Road.
 S65 1NN
18min walk from Rotherham Central via Bridge Street, Frederick Street (Rotherham Interchange), past Tesco, St Anns Road and Ridge Road. Proceeding are scheduled to start at 1230.
If you don't know Rotherham, a suggested pub crawl from the Woodlands is The Rhinoceros (Bridgegate) Wetherspoon, The Bluecoat runner-up Town Pub of the Year (The Crofts) Wetherspoon, The New York Tavern Town Pub of the Year (Westgate) Chantry + guests, the Cutlers Arms CAMRA heritage pub (Westgate) Chantry + guests and finish a
t the Bridge Inn (between Bus and Rail stations) Old Mill.

Rotherham CAMRA 2016 Annual Award winners
Pub of the Year - The Beehive, Harthill
Runner-up Rural Pub of the Year - George and Dragon, Wentworth
Town Pub of the Year - The New York Tavern, Rotherham
Runner-up Town Pub of the Year - The Bluecoat, Rotherham
Club of the Year - Wickersley Old Village Cricket Club
Runner-up Club of the Year - The Woodlands, Rotherham
Most Improved Pub of the Year - The Rhinoceros, Rotherham

Rotherham CAMRA 2016 Beer Festival

We are pleased to announce our next festival will be from 27-29 October 2016 at the new venue of Rotherham College, Eastwood Lane. Tickets are now available online and at the Bluecoat, the Bridge and the New York Tavern.

The organising committee are looking for volunteers for all aspects including Sponsorship and Marketing, Brochure, Wet sales,Ticket sales, Staffing, Set up, Bar staff and Take down. If you can offer any help please use the online registration on the festival page.

Rotherham CAMRA 2015 Champion Beer of Yorkshire result


CHANTRY Iron & Steel

OSSETT Inception


GOLD - Timothy Taylor Dark Mild

SILVER - Timothy Taylor Golden Best

BRONZE - Brown Cow Captain Oates

GOLD - Stancill Barnsley Bitter

SILVER - Theakston Best Bitter
BRONZE - Black Sheep Best Bitter

GOLD - Chantry Iron & Steel

SILVER - Elland Nettlethrasher

BRONZE - Bradfield Brown Cow

GOLD - Bradfield Pale Ale

SILVER - Harthill Village Hart of Steel
BRONZE - Abbeydale Absolution

GOLD - Ossett Inception

SILVER - Glentworth Citra Sun
BRONZE - On The Edge Citra Session

GOLD - Abbeydale Black Mass

SILVER - Chantry Diamond Black

BRONZE - On The Edge Dark Trio

GOLD - Hambleton Nightmare 

SILVER - Stancill Porter

BRONZE - Elland 1872 Porter

GOLD - Saltaire Triple Chocoholic
SILVER - Wentworth Bumble Beer

BRONZE - Bridgehouse Cherry Choc Stout

Thanks to Rotherham Real Ale and Music Festival for hosting the event. Over 90 beers were blind tasted to CAMRA Champion Beer of Britain rules.
Many thanks as well to Stancill Brewery for hosting the presentation.

Outstanding Contribution Award

Dennis Folks, landlord of the Prince of Wales in Greasbrough for the last 36 years no less, has been presented with the Branch Outstanding Contribution Award for his dedication to real ale. 
Dennis had to fight long and hard with the pub owners first to introduce and then keep a real ale on the bar but he could not be deterred.
Famous for the quality and never-ending variety of beers on offer, good value has always been equally important as demonstrated by the continuing use of oversize glasses.
Dennis, with his late wife Christine, has won many CAMRA awards over the years and we were delighted to announce at the award presentation yet another one - they are the new Pub of the Season! 
Dennis,l, with Steve Burns, Chairman.

Branch Annual Awards

The 2014 winners are:

Pub of the Year - The Beehive, Harthill. 

Runner-up - The Butchers Arms, Woodsetts.

Town Pub of the Year - The Bluecoat. 

Runner-up - The New York Tavern.

Club of the Year - The Wickersley Old Village Cricket Club. Runner-up - The Woodlands, Rotherham.

Things to do at the Beer Festival...

New York Beer Festival 2013

Branch 20th Anniversary

Rotherham CAMRA are marking their 20th anniversary with a special event on Wednesday 11 September at the Bridge Inn, where the very first  Branch meetings took place.

We are appealing to all past and present members to come along from 7pm and celebrate. Founding members would be especially welcome. A special anniversary ale will be on the bar, there’ll be guest speakers and a special cake!

The brand new 2014 Good Beer Guide will be available for the first time and at the special price for members of only £10!

Continuing its proud place in the Branch’s history, this year The Bridge Inn has been awarded Rotherham CAMRA Town Pub of the Year and also Most Improved Pub of the Year. The awards will be presented during the evening.

2013 New York Beer Festival

The second New York Beer Festival has been confirmed by Rotherham CAMRA. 

Building on the success of last year’s sell out event, the Festival will now be over three days, Thursday 14, Friday 15 and Saturday 16 November 2013 at the New York Stadium, Rotherham.

70 Real Ales, featuring beers from all three local breweries Wentworth, Chantry and Harthill Village, will be offered with bottled beers, real cider and wine. Hot food and live music will be available.

Admission is by ticket only and prices have been held at only £5 which includes a souvenir glass and brochure.

The Butchers Arms, Woodsetts

Re-opened on 2nd August after a superb refurbishment by the Raw Pub Co and Enterprise and will be m
anaged by Steve Lefley and Kirstie Swallow. It has launched with eight real ales including Raw of course and guest beers. Well worth checking out!

Branch Annual Awards

Starting from this year, Rotherham Branch is extending its number of Pub Awards. Runners-up will now be recognised and three new categories introduced: Best New/refurbished Pub, Most Improved Pub of the Year and Best Pub Sunday Lunch.

The 2013 winners are:

Pub of the Year - The Beehive, Harthill. Runner-up - The Robin Hood, Aughton.

Town Pub of the Year - The Bridge Inn. Runner-up - The Bluecoat.

Club of the Year - The Phoenix, Brinsworth. Runner-up - The Woodlands, Rotherham.

Best New/refurbished Pub - The Queens Hotel, Maltby.

Most Improved Pub of the Year - The Bridge Inn, Rotherham.

Best Pub Sunday Lunch - The Black Lion, Firbeck.

All worthy winners, keep checking the Diary page for details of the presentations.

He's the winner!

Congratulations to Paul (l) winner of the cask of beer from Springhead brewery in the CAMRA tombola at Magna and thanks to everybody else who generously took part. The tombola wouldn't have been possible without the support of our sponsors The Arkwright Arms, The Beehive, The Chequers, The Church House, Magna, The Robin Hood, Rotherham United FC, The Bluecoat, The Bridge, The Phoenix and The Sidings. Prizes were also donated by the following breweries - Abbeydale, Acorn, Black Sheep, Bradfield, Chantry, Harthill Village, Old Mill, Ossett, Raw, Springhead, Theakston, Timothy Taylor, Welbeck Abbey, Wentworth and Yorkshire. Please support our sponsors!

Rotherham CAMRA Champion Beer of Yorkshire - the results!

Congratulations to all the winners and thanks to all involved for making the event a success. Special thanks to World Superbike Champion James Toseland for supporting us and joining the final tasting panel to choose the champion beer.

The judging was done by teams of CAMRA members, local Brewers and Landlords, real ale enthusiasts and members of the Sheffield University Real Ale Society.

A sample of each type of ale was blind tasted and scored on the basis of appearance, aroma, taste and finish.

Points were awarded by the tasters for each characteristic and the results aggregated to arrive at a winning beer in each category. From those, the overall best beers of the Festival were chosen.

The final tasting panel




SALTAIRE Triple Chocoholic


hambleton Nightmare







SILVER - BROWN COW Captain Oates Mild

BRONZE - fernandes Malt Shovel Mild



GOLD - Bradfield Farmers Bitter

SILVER - Sheffield brewery co Crucible Best

BRONZE - wentworth Imperial



GOLD - abbeydale Deception

SILVER - kelham island Riders on the Storm

BRONZE - elland Beyond the Pale



GOLD - wentworth Full Malty

SILVER - kelham island Pale Rider

BRONZE - abbeydale Absolution



GOLD - Sheffield brewery co Five Rivers

SILVER - clarks Westgate Gold

BRONZE - bob's White Lion



GOLD - brew company Hop Ripper

SILVER - Kirkstall Dissolution IPA

BRONZE - Sheffield brew co IPA



GOLD - saltaire Triple Chocoholic

SILVER - acorn Gorlovka

BRONZE - bradfield Farmers Stout



GOLD - hambleton Nightmare

SILVER - acorn Old Moor Porter

BRONZE - old mill Yorkshire Porter



GOLD - saltaire Raspberry Blonde

SILVER - little valley Ginger Pale Ale

BRONZE - wentworth Bumble Beer


Judged by the Blind Tasting Panel organised by Rotherham CAMRA at

rotherham real ale and music festival at magna 2013 -

baa’sil goes west 

Harthill Village Brewery

Beers now always available at the Beehive, Harthill

Voting now open for Summer 2013 Pub of the Season

Click here to see nominations

Another new Brewery in Rotherham!

 Village Brewery plans to launch on Wednesday 6 February at The Beehive, Harthill.

Rotherham Branch presents big cheque to Colin Valentine!
At the recent NE meeting in Llandudno, Mick Moss, Yorkshire RD and Rotherham Branch member presented a cheque for over £8000 to CAMRA National Chairman Colin Valentine. The money was raised by the Branch's first ever beer festival held at the New York Stadium. Thanks to all visitors, volunteer staff and sponsors for making it possible.

CAMRA Members Discounts
Membership card must be shown to claim:
The Hind, Whiston - 20p a pint discount.
The Carlton Park - Real Ales £2.05.

Summer 2013 Pub of the Season Nominations
are now listed on the Pub of the Season page

Now available - 2013 Good Beer Guide
Get yours at the next Branch meeting at the special members price of only £10!

Chantry Brewery
Rotherham will soon have a brand new brewery!
Now under construction in Parkgate, it is planned to launch the beers at the New York Festival in November. The all new state of the art 20bbl plant is coming from renowned manufacturer Moeschle in Germany.

The New York Beer Festival

The Branch will be holding its first Beer Festival on Friday 9th and Saturday 10th November 2012 at the Rotherham United New York Stadium. 
If you would like to register as a volunteer to help (CAMRA members only), please click here.
A number of sponsorship opportunities are available including barrel sponsorship and advertising in the programme. Contact John Hyslop for more details.
Entry will be £5 by ticket only. Details of where to purchase tickets are on the Festival page. 
CAMRA members (with card) first pint free! 

2014 Good Beer Guide Surveying

Last year 64 pubs were surveyed and just under 1,000 completed survey forms were received!

We'd like to better this for the 2014 Good Beer Guide. Surveying is underway and will continue until February 2013. New for this year is an online survey form, click here. It's quick and convenient!

Winning Ales at the Rotherham Real Ale and Music Festival at Magna 2012

The judging was done by teams of CAMRA members and real ale enthusiasts, including students from the Sheffield University Real Ale Society and the Mayor of Rotherham.

A sample of each type of ale was blind tasted and scored on the basis of appearance, aroma, taste and finish.

Points were awarded by the tasters for each characteristic and the results aggregated to arrive at a winning beer in each category. From those, the overall best beers of the Festival were chosen.


1st - Abbeydale Moonshine
2nd - Timothy Taylor Ram Tam
3rd - Golcar Dark Mild

The category winners are:

1st - Oakwell Barnsley Bitter
2nd - Bradfield Farmers Bitter
3rd - Old Bear Bruin

Best Bitter
1st - Timothy Taylor Ram Tam
2nd - Brew Company Hop Ripper
3rd - Timothy Taylor Landlord

Golden Ale
1st - Abbeydale Moonshine
2nd - Clarks Classic Blonde
3rd - Wentworth Brewery Gold

1st - Golcar Dark Mild
2nd - Oakwell Dark Mild
3rd - Rudgate Ruby Mild

1st - Brown Cow Mrs Simpson's Thriller in Vanilla
2nd - Golcar Guthlac's Porter
3rd - Elland 1872 Porter

Speciality Ale
1st - Little Valley Tod's Blonde
2nd - Saltaire Raspberry Blonde
3rd - Wentworth Brewery Bumble Beer

Strong Bitter
1st - Theakston Old Peculier
2nd - Black Sheep Riggwelter
3rd - Abbeydale Absolution