Yorkshire Pub of the Year 2015

The Kelham Island Tavern in Sheffield has been named ‘Yorkshire Pub of the Year 2015’ and will now go forward into the next round of the National Pub of the Year 2015 competition.

The Kelham Island Tavern is situated in Russell Street in Sheffield, and has now won the prestigious title for a record seven times, having previously won it in 2004, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2012, and 2014. It is owned and run by Trevor Wraith and his team, and is featured in the new CAMRA Good Beer Guide 2016: “Former National CAMRA Pub of the Year, this small gem was rescued from dereliction in 2002. Twelve handpumps dispense an impressive range of beers, always including a mild, a stout and a porter. In the warmer months you can relax in the pub’s multi award-winning beer garden.”

The Runner-up in the competition was the Sun Inn in Pickering. This was the first time that the pub had been nominated for a Yorkshire Pub of the Year competition. Situated in Westgate, it has been run by Rob & Sharon as a free house since April 2010. The pub offers up to six real ales — mainly sourced from small Yorkshire breweries — and two real ciders.

CAMRA’s Yorkshire Regional Director, Kevin Keaveny, said “The standard of the competition was extremely high again this year, but as last year, the judges felt that the Kelham Island Tavern just ‘ticked a few more boxes’ than the other nominations. The owner and the staff of the pub have set a very high standard for the last two years, and for most of the previous nine years”.

Kevin Keaveny will present framed certificates to the licensees of the two pubs mentioned above at some time in the near future, when special presentation events have been arranged.

The eighteen nominations for this year’s prestigious title were visited by individual members of a judging panel. Each nomination was scored against strict criteria that included an emphasis on the Quality of Real Ale and Community Focus. Also considered were Atmosphere, Style/Decor, Service and Welcome, Value for Money, and Sympathy with CAMRA’s Aims.

The other pubs that were nominated were: Brown Cow in Keighley, Old No.7 in Barnsley, Flower Pot in Mirfield, Crown Inn in Manfield, Jacobs Beer House in Bradford, Dr Phil’s Real Ale House in Middlesbrough, Grove Inn in Huddersfield, Three Pigeons in Halifax, Harrogate Tap in Harrogate, Chequers Micropub in Beverley, Kirkstall Bridge Inn in Kirkstall, Beehive in Harthill, Junction in Castleford, Maltings in York, Corner Pin in Doncaster, White Hart Inn in Hawes.

Alan Canvess

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