At their branch meeting on Thursday 7th March, held in the Wainhouse Tavern, members of CAMRA (the Campaign for Real Ale) Halifax and Calderdale voted to present their most prestigious individual award to a pub which came into community ownership in 2014. The Fox and Goose in Hebden Bridge was chosen as the branch’s 2019 Pub of the Year (POTY).
The Fox and Goose, which now belongs to a Co-operative of locals and other supporters, is not only Calderdale’s first community owned pub, but it is also West Yorkshire’s first such pub.
The main criteria for selection of a Pub of the Year is the quality and range of beers on sale, and indeed the Fox and Goose is not only in the current national Good Beer Guide produced by CAMRA nationally, but it has featured in the Guide in every year since becoming a Co-operative, as well as appearing in the Guide on frequent occasions previously.
In choosing a Pub of the Year, CAMRA members also take into account various other factors, such as the ambience, the welcome, and the facilities in the pub.
During the selection meeting, Uma said, “Not only is the Fox and Goose a superb locals’ pub, but you are guaranteed a full pint, as they are one of the few pubs in the area using oversize lined glasses. It is great not to have to continuously ask for a ‘top up’, which can sometimes spoil your evening when the bar staff fail to top up your ale with good grace as they are supposed to do. You never have that problem in the Fox and Goose.” Hilary added, “Yes, they concentrate on real ales, and they have real ciders as well, and I don’t think they have any keg beers at all, which is unusual for a pub which is not a micro-pub.”
The award will take place on Thursday 25th April 2019, when branch members will gather in the Pub from about 8:00pm onwards, in time to present the award sometime between 8:15 pm and 8:45pm. As the branch’s POTY, the pub will go forward to the CAMRA Yorkshire region’s POTY competition, (with the chance to go forward to the National POTY competition).