Cardiff Brewery Tap wins Beard Friendly Pub of the Year title (UK)

In Uncategorized on January 15, 2017 by kmflett

Beard Liberation Front

January 15th

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The Beard Liberation Front, the informal network of beard wearers, has said that the contest for the Beard Friendly Pub of the Year has concluded with the Crafty Devil Beer Cellar in Cardiff bearding the Cloudwater brewery tap in Manchester for the UK (outside of London) title

The Cock Tavern in Hackney won the overall poll but the result of the on-line vote saw a major new development with Brewery Taps- where drinkers socialise at the breweries themselves- coming second and third in the overall national vote.

The winners in 2016 included the Jolly Butchers in Stoke Newington, the Cock Tavern in central Hackney and the Bag of Nails in Bristol

Beard Friendly Pub, Bar, Tap 2017


1 Crafty Devil Beer Cellar, Cardiff

2 Cloudwater Brewery Tap, Manchester


1 Cock Tavern Hackney

2 Jolly Butchers, Stoke Newington

The poll is traditionally divided into London and the UK simply because the population and hence voting power of the Capital is rather greater than locations outside.

BLF Organiser Keith Flett said, for those predicting the decline of the beard or indeed the decline of craft beer the results of the 2017 Beard Friendly Pub of the Year poll show otherwise. With a high turn-out for the poll it’s clear that Hackney retains its place as the beer and beard capital of the UK but it’s now being pressed by places like Cardiff and Manchester

The criteria for the Award include:

Beard Friendly Pub: a pub that welcomes the hirsute and often has a significant number of hirsute customers, including but certainly not confined to those with designer or hipster beards .

Beard Friendly Ambience: a pub that may have fewer hirsute customers but is welcoming to the hirsute through bearded bar staff and beard friendly beers, and has a generally relaxed atmosphere for all.

The campaign group says it welcomes diversity in both appearance and drinking but does think that there is a link between stylish beards and beers and good pubs


Some hostelries on the list style themselves as bars not pubs. This distinction is for others. The BLF is about beards.

Nothing here is meant to suggest that pubs not on the list are unfriendly to beards. This is about pubs that are particularly and emphatically beard friendly

The Beard Friendly Pub, Bar, Tap of the Year Short List 2017

Bag of Nails Bristol

City Arms, Cardiff

Cock Tavern, Hackney

Mother Kelly’s Bethnal Green

Euston Tap(s), central London

Friends of Ham, Leeds

Hanging Bat, Edinburgh

Jolly Butchers, Hackney

The Maltings, York

Cloudwater Brewery Tap, Manchester

Beavertown Brewery Tap, Tottenham

Crafty Devil Cellar, Cardiff


One Response to “Cardiff Brewery Tap wins Beard Friendly Pub of the Year title (UK)”

  1. Reblogged this on In the Dark and commented:
    Another important accolade for Cardiff, winner of this year’s Beard Friendly Pub of the Year in the “Outside London” category!

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