Investment pays off as pub gets ‘most improved’ award
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