Nominations for CAMRA’s annual pub awards announced

The Booze on the Ouse Festival is at the Burgess Hall in St Ives from October 19-21.

The Booze on the Ouse Festival is at the Burgess Hall in St Ives from October 19-21. - Credit: Archant

The Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) has announced the nominations for its annual pub awards.

The winners will be announced at this year’s Booze on the Ouse beer festival, which runs from October 19-21 at the Burgess Hall, in St Ives.

Most Improved Rural Pub

Anchor, Little Paxton

Green Man, Leighton Bromswold

Royal Oak, Hail Weston

Most Improved Urban Pub

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Ale Taster, St Neots

Bridge House, St Neots

Millers Arms, Eaton Socon

Milds and Dark Ales Pub of the Year

Falcon, Huntingdon

Hoops, Bassingbourn

Nelsons Head, St Ives

Locale Pub of the Year

Nelsons Head, St Ives

Pig ‘n’ Falcon, St Neots

Royal Oak, St Ives.

CAMRA spokesman Paul Moorhouse said: “CAMRA gives these annual awards to draw attention to pubs and clubs that operate in ways that CAMRA would wish to encourage, such as providing well-presented varied ranges of real ales including milds, dark ales and Locales – real ales sourced from local breweries.”

The Booze on the Ouse festival will be open from midday till 10:30pm on Thursday and Friday and midday till 10pm on Saturday,

A range of 70 real ales can be tasted over the course of the event, including CAMRA’s current Champion Beer of Britain, Church End Goats Milk and an extensive line-up of medal winning draught beers from CAMRA’s Champion Beers of East Anglia awards announced in January. The range will include draught milds, bitters, golden ales, stouts, porters, lagers, wheat beers and speciality beers with added ingredients such as raspberries and plums. Bottled real ale from the local Draycott brewery at Buckden will be stocked and there will also be a great range of real draught ciders and perries from producers in East Anglia , Kent, Somerset and Northern Ireland.

The festival will observe the 60th anniversary of the launch of Sputnik-1, the first artificial Earth satellite, launched by the Soviet Union in 1957. In commemoration, ‘Booze on the Ouse’ will feature beers and ciders with out-of-this-world names, including Nebula from the Midland brewery Black Hole and real ales named Moonrakers Mild, Orion, Northern Lights, Heavenly Matter, Juice Rocket V6 and Super Nova Pale Ale.

Admission to the Booze on the Ouse festival is £2 (£3 on Friday after 6pm).