Every year our members vote for the Branch Pub of the Year (POTY). This pub then competes with other Kent CAMRA POTY’s, to be awarded the Kent POTY. The Kent winner then goes forward, with other Regional winners, one of which will ultimately become the National POTY. The National winner will be announced in February of the following year.
The criteria for judging includes, Quality of Beer/Cider, Pub Atmosphere/Style/Décor, Service/Welcome, Community Focus, Sympathy with CAMRA Aims, and Value for Money.
Details of when the presentations will take place will be published on this page when known.
This year our Branch POTY is The Bowl Inn at Hastingleigh, a good community pub near Wye. It only serves Kentish beers and supports local charities and events. The Bowl Inn is a basic pub sympathetically decorated with advertising memorabilia and has a nice, large garden.
The POTY presentation took place on Saturday 27th May during our minibus visit.
This is the second time that the Bowl has won this prestigious award, having previously won in 2012.
The Runner Up POTY is the Smugglers' Alehouse in New Romney, the presentation will take place on Saturday 10th June at 1pm.
One of the current trend of small pubs which are opening up in empty retail outlets with minimum overheads. They sell good quality beers, ciders, limited other alcoholic drinks and soft drinks.
The Smugglers’ Alehouse in New Romney has only been open for a year and has become a local community hub with no music. The emphasis is on customers talking to each other, thereby creating a friendly atmosphere.