March 29, 2015 by donoughshanahan
The 22 entries for the Good Beer Guide for Swansea branch have been decided. Just over 500 votes from CAMRA members both from the Swansea area and further a field were collected. A total of 53 pubs in the Swansea area were visited and this is a good proportion of the 80 or so pubs listed as serving real ale on Whatpub.com in the entire Swansea area. This is a fantastic achievement considering the geographical size of the Swansea branch. The results of these surveys were put to the January branch meeting and lively discussions were held. Largely the results were accepted with only 2 places going for further review and rating in March.
The full list will be published in the GBG 2016. Any scores received currently will go towards the next GBG. So far ratings are going well with a large increase on activity for the same time last year.
Also at the January meeting, several existing GBG pubs were nominated for Swansea Pub of the Year. The March meeting selected the No Sign Bar of Wind Street as the branch’s POTY for 2015. This has been selected due to its consistent quality in serving its real ales and real ciders. Normally the No Sign has 4 rotating real ales and 4 real ciders available. It also offers a 10% discount to CAMRA members on real ales and ciders on production of your membership card. Details of the upcoming presentation will be made available in due course.
The No Sign will now go forward the annual Wales pub of the year competition. Here, members from the different Welsh regions make a visit to other branches POTY and provide scores so as to give an overall winner. This is announced towards the end of the year. The finalists are as follows:
- Brecknockshire: Star Inn (Talybont-on-Usk)
- Cardiff City POTY: Urban Tap House (Cardiff)
- Cardiff Urban POTY: Lansdowne (Cardiff)
- Gwent Country POTY: Clytha Arms (Clytha)
- Town POTY: Lamb (Newport)
- Mid Glamorgan: Bunch of Grapes (Pontypridd)
- Neath Port Talbot: Pontardawe Inn (Pontardawe)
- Swansea: No Sign Bar (Swansea)
- Vale of Glamorgan & Bridgend: Cross Inn (Cwmfelin)