Last night saw the great and the good of Rochdale, Oldham and Bury CAMRA get together to present its Pub of the Year award. This prestigious award is given to the pub that the branch feels has been truly outstanding during the previous 12 months. Given the scope of the branch, and the number of contenders, winning it is no mean feat.
This year’s recipient is the Hare & Hounds at Holcombe Brook. Situated at the junction of Bolton Road West and Longsight Road, it has been ably overseen (with a brief hiatus) by Andy & Lynne for some 12 years. It has been opened up and sympathetically decorated over that time to give a comfortable, family friendly, vibe. It also boats an impressive two-storey rear drinking area.
However, this is CAMRA, so beer must play a part somewhere. And on that score, the Dogs has it covered. Ten handpumps dispense a wide variety of ales, all cooled and served with sparklers, naturally, and the current range can be viewed by looking at the ale cam on their webpage. Beer festivals are regularly held, with around 50 beers all served via handpump. The beer does tend to shift in here, with Oakham JHB and Inferno not lasting two hours last night.
So congratulations to Andy and his team, and if you get the chance, why not call in and try it yourself? It’s at 400 Bolton Road West and is open 12-11 Sun-Weds, 12-12 Thurs-Sat. Food is served all day and the 472/474 buses will take you past the door.
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