Tuesday 19th April – Worcester City Centre – the Imperial Tavern
Worcester branch members voted the Imperial Tavern in the city centre as Pub of the Year. Members gathered at the pub on Tuesday night to present the award.
Alan Grainger presenting the award
Alan Grainger, CAMRA branch chairman, said “this award recognises the amazing achievement of transforming a closed disco bar into a thriving traditional tavern”, bucking the recent trend of pub closures.
The pub’s landlord, Andy Digger, was “really proud” of the award and put the success down to making the Imperial “what a pub should be like” and all the hard work of the staff in turning it around.
The pub features ten handpumps serving a range of different styles of real ale, including one from city brewer Three Shires, and the city’s cider producer, Barbourne, is not forgotten amongst the three real draught ciders. “It’s the choice that’s important”, said pub regular Bill Ottaway, “and it’s good to see the pub supporting local breweries”. Others echoed the sentiment that the award was well deserved, with a welcoming environment, friendly staff and consistent quality.
The brewery behind the venture is Black Country Ales, and the bar always sports three of their beers. But alongside these is an ever changing selection of beer from small breweries across the land – one from Speyside on this night – though the emphasis is on the local area.
The pub always offers a wide choice, with something dark and something golden and hoppy always available – dark beer fan John Maiden is well satisfied. The “menu” board gives the details.