I finally made it to CAMRA's National Pub of the Year, The Baum in Rochdale, yesterday.
The pub is a bit different to how I'd imagined it – smaller and more open plan than it looks in photos. It's a pretty good mix of modern and Victorian features that reminded me of the buffet bar at Dewsbury station for some reason. As you'd expect, all the beer is in tip-top condition and the food is decent as well.
You can combine a trip to The Baum with a look round the Pioneers Museum next door which has lots of interesting stuff about the birth of the Co-operative movement in the town.