Pub of the Year

Each year CAMRA organises championship rounds to determine the best Pub of the Year. The rounds start with voting by branches for their nominations in each county they represent and these then go head to head with those pubs submitted by other CAMRA branches within that same county. These then go onto the regional finalists for West Midlands and then to the final Pub of the Year for the UK.
The Shakespeare branch of CAMRA awards pubs the title of Branch Pub of the Year - one for Warwickshire and one for the Worcestershire branch areas.

Shakespeare branch Pub of the Year 2017 (Warwickshire)


The Norman Knight, Whichford this year has obtained the prestigious award of Warwickshire branch pub of the year.

The Norman Knight is owned by our one of our newest branch breweries The Stratford Brewery and is always a good place to sample their beers. It is run by Amber and a dedicated team who do a great job of keeping the ale in tip top condition. The pub has good history of being a CAMRA award winning venue and meets this high accolade having achieved this twice before and winning CAMRA West Midlands regional pub of the year in 2006 under different ownership.
It has recently undergone some sympathetic updating and introduced glamping pods to its small campsite. You will also find great food here and many groups choosing it as a meeting place especially during the summer months with a vintage car evening.

Presentation on 26th April 2017.

Shakespeare branch Pub of the Year 2017 (Worcestershire)


The Coach and Horses, Harvington were this year awarded the Shakespeare Branch Worcestershire Pub of the Year - again. This is the fourth year running that Steve and Di have received this award.

They hold numerous awards:
• CAMRA Shakesbeer branch spring pub of the season 2013
• CAMRA Shakesbeer branch pub of the year 2014, 2015. 2016 and 2017
• Worcestershire county, pub of the year runner up 2014 and 2015
• Worcestershire County, pub of the year winners 2016

The quality of their ale is outstanding and they always have four rotating beers available with a mixture of local and national beers which are extremely well kept. The Coach and Horses is approaching a milestone and will have been a pub for 300 years in 2018. To celebrate Steve and Di plan to offer 300 different ales throughout 2018 and we look forward to trying as many as possible!

Presentation on 4th April 2017.

Shakespeare Branch Roll of Honour

Regional Champion Pub of the Year (West Midlands)

2006 Norman Knight, Whichford

County Champion Pub of the Year (Warwickshire)

2012 Norman Knight, Whichford
2010 Boars Head, Hampton Lucy
2008 Plough Inn, Stretton on Fosse
2006 Norman Knight, Whichford

County Champion Pub of the Year (Worcestershire)

2016 The Coach & Horses, Harvington
2006 The Fleece Inn, Bretforton

Shakespeare Branch Pub of the Year

YearWarwickshireWorcestershire
2017Norman Knight, WhichfordThe Coach & Horses, Harvington
2016Stratford Alehouse, Stratford-upon-AvonThe Coach & Horses, Harvington
2015The Bear, Stratford-upon-AvonThe Coach & Horses, Harvington
2014Holly Bush, AlcesterThe Coach & Horses, Harvington
2013The Bear, Stratford-upon-Avon The Fleece Inn, Bretforton
2012Norman Knight, Whichford Crown & Trumpet Inn, Broadway
2011Holly Bush, AlcesterThe Fleece Inn, Bretforton
2010Boars Head, Hampton LucyThe Fleece Inn, Bretforton
2009Boars Head, Hampton LucyThe Fleece Inn, Bretforton
2008Plough Inn, Stretton on Fosse Crown & Trumpet Inn, Broadway
2007The Holly Bush, Alcester
2006Norman Knight, Whichford
2005Three Tuns, Alcester
2004Three Tuns, Alcester
2003George Hotel, Lower Brailes
2002The Holly Bush, Alcester
2001The Holly Bush, Alcester
2000(joint award) - The Holly Bush, Alcester; The Fleece Inn, Bretforton; Queens Head, Iron Cross
1999Queens Head, Iron Cross