Sunday, 17 February 2013

National Pub of the Year

The Baum says cobbles to the opposition
On the 12 October, I wrote that the Baum, a pub in Toad Lane, Rochdale, had won CAMRA's Greater Manchester Pub of the Year 2012. I have learnt that it has now won CAMRA's National Pub of the Year. Although it's not exactly local to me in Southport, it's good to see a North West boozer win the gong. 

As you can easily read what I wrote about it previously, I don't intend to repeat myself, except to point out that this quite an achievement, seeing that the building was an ironmonger's until just over 30 years ago. As I said recently in a different context, it is not easy to create that unique atmosphere that we associate with the word "pub" - it usually has to develop organically over many decades. Well done to the licensees; I hope to visit some day. It has eight handpumps, does a good range of food and has a large beer garden to the rear. It looks good in the picture.

My friend Tandleman has more details on his beer blog. The Baum is at 33-37 Toad Lane, Rochdale, OL12 0NU. ( 01706 352186.


  1. Living in Stockport, I really should make the effort to go. And you've no excuse Nev, Rochdale and Southport are in the same county!

  2. I've had arguments with the Friends of Real Lancashire in our local papers, and don't intend to re-enact them here! Needless to say, I'm not on FORL's Xmas card list.


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