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Pub of the Year

Each year, the members of Durham CAMRA are invited to nominate pubs for the Pub of the Year competition. The most popular suggestions are put onto a shortlist, and voting is held to choose a winner and runner-up.  Pubs are judged on a range of criteria provided by CAMRA, including beer quality, clientele mix and sympathy with CAMRA aims and objectives. In 2014, in order to reflect the diversity of the large geographical area covered by the branch it was decided to choose Town and Country Pubs of the Year rather than a straight winner and runner up. The winners of the branch awards also go through as candidates for the Regional Pub of the Year award, competing with Pub of the Year winners from the other branches in the region. The last Durham branch nomination to win the regional award was the Surtees Arms in 2010. In 2014, the Ship was runner up and the Victoria came third. In 2015 Ye Old Elm Tree was runner up in the Regional competition and in 2016 came 3rd in the Regional competition. The recent winners are:

Town Pub of the Year

Year Winner Runner-up
2017 Victoria, Durham City Station House, Durham City
2016 Ye Old Elm Tree, Durham The Tap and Spile, Durham
2015 Ye Old Elm Tree, Durham The Tap and Spile, Durham The Victoria Inn, Durham
2014 The Victoria Inn, Durham The Tap and Spile, Durham

Country Pub of the Year

Year Winner Runner-up
2017 Smiths Arms, Castle Dene, Chester-le-Street Dun Cow, Seaton
2016 Dun Cow, Seaton Village Surtees Arms, Ferryhill
2015 The Surtees Arms, Ferryhill The Ship Inn, Middlestone Village The Hare and Hounds, Westgate
2014 The Ship Inn, Middlestone Village The Surtees Arms, Ferryhill

Pub of the Year

Year Winner Runner-up
2013 The Tap and Spile, Durham The Surtees Arms, Ferryhill
2012 The Victoria Inn, Durham The Surtees Arms, Ferryhill
2011 The Surtees Arms, Ferryhill The Tap and Spile, Framwellgate Moor
2010 The Surtees Arms, Ferryhill The Stables, Beamish Hall
2009 The Victoria Inn, Durham The Tap and Spile, Framwellgate Moor

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