How is the Scotland & Northern Ireland Pub of the Year Selected?

In March of each year, each CAMRA branch in Scotland & Northern Ireland nominates a pub and a judge.

  • Pubs are split into 3 “areas”.
  • Judges assess pubs in their area, except for their “home” entrant, using criteria based on those used in the Super-region round and beyond.
  • The top pub from each area progresses to the “Final 3”. These are assessed by a panel of 4 judges using the same criteria as for the Area round.
  • The result will be announced towards the end of July.
  • The winning pub progresses to the Super-region round of the national competition.

Procedures for branches nominating a Club of the Year and Cider Pub of the Year are the same, but due to the small number of nominations, the clubs and pubs progress directly to their respective Final round. The winners, again, progress to the Super-region round of their respective national competition.