The Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) has named The Sutton Hall in Macclesfield and The Brewery Tap in Chester as its winners of the National Pub Design Awards 2009.
Held in collaboration with English Heritage and the Victorian Society, the awards champion those pubs showing “vision, imagination and a level of restraint in their design”.
The Sutton Hall, a Grade-II listed building, was named the winner of the Refurbishment category, while The Brewery Tap, a former Pizza Express also in a Grade II listed building, won the English Heritage Conservation and Conversion to Pub Use categories.
Preservation is key
Dr Steven Parissien, an architectural historian and competition judge, said: “CAMRA’s National Pub Design Awards have always championed the pressing need to preserve and enhance our invaluable historic pub stock, which does so much to shape and define our environment.
“Pubs give us a sense of identity, of belonging and of continuity in an ever-changing, fiscally-stringent world. They are in an inexpensive as well as an invaluable resource.”
Other winners in the awards were Trent Navigation Inn, Nottingham and Castle Bar, Cockermouth and Dyneley Arms, Otley, who were given respective Highly Commended and Commended awards in the Refurbishment category.
The Midnight Bell in Holbeck was also given a Commended in the Conversion to Pub Use category.