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York station tap feted in pub awards

Added: Friday, December 6th 2013

York station tap


CAMRA, the Campaign for Real Ale, has today announced the winners of their prestigious Pub Design Awards 2013, with pubs as diverse as a bar made from shipping containers and a railway platform conversion achieving accolades.

“The Pub Design Awards celebrate British pubs with truly memorable designs - whether it is a building that has been converted to a pub, a conservation project on a historical structure or a brand new build with cutting edge design aesthetics - CAMRA congratulate the pub owners, architects, and designers who have contributed to these pubs being named the best in the UK.”Julian Hough, CAMRA National Director.

The competition judges, including CAMRA pub experts and a wide range of other heritage sector representatives, select only the best pubs, with 2013 being the first year in over a decade winners have been found for all 6 of the different categories.

Dr Steven Parissien, one of the competition’s judges and an expert in pub design, had this to say on the quality of winners,

“This year’s award winners are an engagingly distinct set of buildings and locations, ranging from a reborn rural village pub, via two delightful station watering holes, to two classic, back-street urban locals. Such diversity is exactly what the pub is all about, defining the life-affirming variety that lies at the heart of this marvellous and peculiarly British concept. And as the icing on the cake, the judges were even able to present a Newbuild award for the first time since 2006.”

Winners include the York Tap, situated on a York train station platform in a building converted from an old model railway museum – this year’s winner of the Conversion to Pub Use Award category.

The Albion Ale House in Conwy Wales won the English Heritage Conservation Award and was joint winner of the Joe Goodwin Award for Best Street Corner Local*, with judges applauding the “sensitive approach” to restoring this 1930s art deco pub. The Cat’s Back in Putney were deemed equally deserving of the Joe Goodwin Award*, being named joint winners for their “sensitive updating” of this “back-street jewel”.

The Newbuild Award was given to the Hall & Woodhouse in Portishead, an ultra modern marina situated bar and restaurant constructed from recycled shipping containers stacked into a visually striking structure.

Another winner was The White Swan in Shawell, a village pub “saved after years of decay”, which won the Refurbishment Award and was chosen for the “attention to detail” that “takes it well beyond the normal pub makeover”.

Highly Commended in the Conversion to Pub Use Category was another railway station pub, The Parcel Yard in King’s Cross, alongside The William Hawkes in Hull. The Trent Bridge Inn in Nottingham and The Lansdowne in Cardiff were both Highly Commended in the Refurbishment Category.

Pub Design Awards 2013 - Winners & Highly Commended

Conversion to Pub Use Award

Winner York Tap, York, YO24 1AB

Highly Commended The Parcel Yard, Kings Cross, N1C 4AH

Highly Commended The William Hawkes, Hull, HU1 1LF

English Heritage Conservation Award

Winner The Albion Ale House, Conwy, LL32 8RF

Newbuild Award

Winner Hall & Woodhouse, Portishead, BS20 7FP

Joe Goodwin Award for Best Street Corner Local*

Winner (Joint) The Cat's Back, Putney, SW18 1NN

Winner (Joint) The Albion Ale House, Conwy, LL32 8RF

Refurbishment Award 

Winner The White Swan, Shawell, LE17 6AG

Highly Commended Trent Bridge Inn, Nottingham, NG2 6AA

Highly Commended Lansdowne, Cardiff, CF5 1PU


The Pub Design Awards are being presented at the York Tap, York Train Station, from 1pm 6 December and journalists and photographers are invited to attend.

Photos: Cath Harries