In­vest­ment pays off as pub gets ‘most im­proved’ award

Salford Advertiser - - BEFORE THE BENCH -

WORLSEY Old Hall has been awarded the ti­tle of Most Im­proved Pub 2014.

The North Manch­ester Branch of CAMRA – Cam­paign for Real Ale – which cov­ers the whole of Sal­ford, awarded the ti­tle, after mem­bers nom­i­nated four strong con­tenders. The business was taken over just one year ago by Cheshire­based pub group Brun­ning and Price.

They in­vested money and months of care in re­fur­bish­ing the build­ing, and the ef­fort has brought this well-de­served ac­co­lade.

Man­ager Ian James, him­self a CAMRA mem­ber, re­ceived the award last week.

In charge as man­ager for only a few weeks, Ian had been as­sis­tant man­ager to David Green right from the open­ing last De­cem­ber.

David has moved on to man­age the company’s new pub on the Wir­ral.

The lo­cal com­pe­ti­tion in both the real ale and food mar­ket is in­tense.

Almost ev­ery pub within two miles of­fers both, but the Old Hall boasts sev­eral ex­tras.

The 300-me­tre long ap­proach through the ex­ten­sive land­scaped grounds al­lows time to ap­pre­ci­ate the mag­nif­i­cence of the Grade II listed build­ing.

Yet there is noth­ing in­hibit­ing or un­invit­ing once inside. Pleas­ant, wel­com­ing staff serve from a choice of six lo­cal real ales and a nat­u­ral cider.

You can judge just how lo­cal the brew­eries are on of­fer by read­ing the ‘beer miles’ trav­elled, shown on the beam above the horse­shoe-shaped bar.

Meals, fully pre­pared from scratch in the fine kitchen, are avail­able through­out the day.

The beer cel­lar is un­der the care of Sean Parker.

He is re­spon­si­ble for se­lect­ing the range of cask con­di­tioned beers for the Old Hall, as well as their qual­ity at the bar.

Very wisely, he se­lects ac­cord­ing to sea­son, and sev­eral darker ales are cur­rently on of­fer.

We can al­ways ex­pect a range of beers from north Cheshire and Greater Manch­ester mi­cro­brew­eries. Pos­si­bly favourite at the mo­ment is Sal­ford’s own Seven Bro7hers Stout – not to be missed. De­tails of all CAMRA’s lo­cal events are to be found at northmanch­ester.camra.org.uk.

●●Branch chair Steve Davies, right, presents the cer­tifi­cate for Most Im­proved Pub to Ian James, man­ager of Wors­ley Old Hall

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