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Knott in doubt: Deansgate watering hole reclaims CAMRA’s Pub Of The Year title

A popular Deansgate watering hole has been awarded Pub Of The Year by Campaign For Real Ale.

The Knott, which sits snuggly in the railway arches opposite Deansgate station, has won the accolade for the third time after also picking up the crown in 2010 and 2012.

Serving up pints to the city’s beer lovers for over 10 years, the bar has led the way for the city’s ‘Craft Beer Revolution’, boasting seven cask ales, a wide range of European lagers, an array of international bottles and craft beers from the UK and abroad.

The Knott also works alongside local breweries like the popular Marble Beers and Rochdale’s Pictish Brewery and shares bar space with new local breweries Shindigger and Brewsmith.

CRAFT BEER REVOLUTION: The Knott serves a multitude of ales

John O’Donnell, spokesman for Trafford and Hulme CAMRA said: “We are very pleased that The Knott has regained the Pub Of The Year title – they have long been one of the very best pubs across the area and have been in the running for the award year on year.

“Ahead of their time when they opened, they have kept moving as the city’s beer market has evolved, offering craft beers long before others caught on but all on the solid foundations of well kept real ale.”

For the third year running, Flixton Conservative Club in Urmston was awarded Club Of The Year by the organisation that aims to celebrate ‘well run’ community loved pubs across the UK.

The private members club was a favourite with CAMRA for its choice and quality of real ales and its rise in membership and customer base at a time where other clubs are struggling.

Chorlton-cum-Hardy’s cider and perry hotspot, The Font, was recognised as Cider Pub Of The Year for its traditional draught selection and for holding Manchester’s biggest range of bottled ciders.

Just missing the out on the top spot was runner up Costello’s Bar in Altrincham.

The five-year-old bar, which is the official brewery tap for Dunham Massey Brewing Company, took home the title in 2011 and 2012.

Third in line was Chorlton’s The Beech Inn, famed for its live comedy nights and popular quiz night the ‘Beech Quiz’.

Images courtesy of Adam Bruderer via FlickR, with thanks.

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