Rochdale, Oldham & Bury

Campaign for Real Ale

Campaign for Real Ale

Pub of the Year 2021

Tuesday 31 August 2021

As mentioned below,

Closely following on from our previous Pub of the Year, delayed due to the Covid-19 Pandemic, the Branch is pleased to announce our 2021 Pub of the Year is the Cob and Coal, Tommyfield Market, Oldham.

The award was presented to Michelle and Chris Riley at a presentation on Saturday 24th July.

A very enthusiastic crowd of members of  the local branch of the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) gathered in Oldham for their first social event since Government restrictions were lifted. A visit to a number of Oldham’s finest pubs was on the agenda, with the added bonus of the opportunity to present the branch’s annual Pub of the Year Award to the deserved winner, the Cob and Coal Tap in Oldham’s Tommyfield Market.

Presenting the framed certificate to landlady Michelle Riley, Peter Alexander, Chairman of the Rochdale, Oldham and Bury branch remarked on the pleasure of the occasion.  The award itself, he continued, is voted for by our discerning members and is against very tough competition. Peter continued “The Cob and Coal Tap is a relatively new venture, and it is to Michelle’s credit that the micropub has shot to the top of the affection of not only local CAMRA members, but real ale and cider drinkers in Oldham and far beyond.  Our members voted overwhelmingly for the Cob and Coal and with its fantastic range of well-kept real ales, a stunning  array of traditional ciders and the very warm welcome to guests, showing that putting real ale and cider at the forefront of your offer, is not only great for CAMRA members and other local drinkers, but a sound business decision.” He hoped others would note and emphasised that the award should be seen as a challenge to all pubs in the Branch area as something to aspire to.   

The photo shows Michelle Riley and Branch Chairman Peter Alexander.