Pub Awards


The branch makes up to four awards each year. Most branches have award schemes for their local pubs and these vary throughout the country. The format we chose was to award certificates under four different criteria.

  • In the Spring we choose the Most Improved Pub of the year, or Best Food Pub of the Year or any other criterion.
  • In the Summer we pick a Country Pub / Summer Pub of the year or Greatest Contribution to Real Ale.
  • In the Autumn we choose either a Cider Pub or a Micropub of the year.
  • In the Winter we choose the Pub of the year for the following year. This pub is then put forward as a candidate for the regional Pub of the Year.

For 2018, the winners were :

Pub of the year 2018 - Needle & Pin, Loughborough

15, The Rushes
LE11 5BE

Telephone 07973 754236

Opening Times: Closed Mon; 5-11 Tue-Thu; 3.30-11 Fri; 12-11 Sat; 12-10 Sun

Micropub in what was the old H and R electronics shop. beer served downstairs but upstairs with record player and music, where the Hathern band played shortly after the micro pub opened.

The Needle and Pin is a charming venue with 4 changing real ales.

There are also over four different ciders at any given point at a reasonable price.

More than fifty Continental and Craft Beers stocked.

Twenty pence per pint discount for in date card carrying CAMRA members and pro rata for half pints.


Award for sustained quality of real ale served 2018 - Black Swan, Shepshed

21 Loughborough Road
LE12 9DL

Telephone 01509 506222

Opening Times: 5-midnight Mon; 5-11:30 Tue; 5-midnight Wed; 12-midnight Thu-Sun

Multi-roomed pub situated in a prominent position close to the town centre, offering two guest beers alongside the regulars. The main room has two drinking areas, both with comfortable seating. An extremely good range of whiskies. A further small room can be used by families, and is available for hire for functions. Wednesday is quiz night. Local events including the ukulele orchestra and Shepshed Dynamo football ground is nearby.

Regular Beers

  • Charnwood Vixen
  • Draught Bass (H)
  • Greene King Abbot (H)
  • Timothy Taylor Landlord (H)
Changing beers
1 guest beer


Micropub of the year 2018 - The Tap at No.76, Ashby de la Zouch

76 Market Street
Ashby De La Zouch
LE65 1AP

Opening Times: Closed Mon; 4-11:00 Tue to Thu; 3-midnight Fri; 12-midnight Sat; 12-10:00 Sun.

This Ashby micropub, on the High street, has an on trend, Hipster! serving area and is a relatively recent addition to the Ashby scene. A Tollgate brewery pub,it serves seven real ales (Four handpump, three gravity). Pork pies are available as snacks. Three third pint tasting trays available for those wishing to try the whole range of available beers.

Regular Beers

  • Tollgate Ashby Pale
Changing beers
6 guest beers, including some from Tollgate



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