Pub of the Season

Pub of the Season

2024 Spring Nan Moor’s, Todmorden
2023/2024 Winter Market Tavern, Todmorden
2023 AutumnRobin Hood, Pecket Well
2023 SummerBarbary’s, Mytholmroyd
2023 Spring Dukes, Halifax
2022/2023 Winter Big Six Inn, Halifax
2022 Autumn Crafty Fox, Brighouse
2022 Summer Puzzle Hall, Sowerby Bridge
2022 Spring Meandering Bear, Halifax
2021/2022 Winter The Alehouse, Todmorden
2021 Autumn København, Halifax
2021 Summer Roundhill Inn, Rastrick
2021 Spring

Not Awarded – COVID

2020 Winter

Not Awarded – COVID

2020 Autumn

Not Awarded – COVID

2020 Summer

Not Awarded – COVID

2020 Spring

Not Awarded – COVID

2019/2020 WinterNightjar, Hebden Bridge
2019 AutumnStod Fold Dean Clough, Halifax
2019 Summer Elland Craft and Tap, Elland
2019 SpringThe Oddy’s, King Cross, Halifax
2018/2019 WinterThe Square Chapel Cafe and Bar, Halifax
2018 AutumnThe Alexandra Beer House, Halifax
2018 Summer The Hare and Hounds Country Inn, Wadsworth
2018 SpringThe Pub, Todmorden
2017/2018 WinterThe Wainhouse Tavern, Halifax
2017 AutumnThe Pump Room, Halifax
2017 Summer The Grayston Unity, Halifax
2017 SpringThe Market Tavern, Brighouse
2016/2017 WinterThe Hogs Head Brew House and Bar, Sowerby Bridge
2016 AutumnCalan’s Micropub, Hebden Bridge
2016 Summer The Dusty Miller, Mytholmroyd

Pub of the Season Spring 2024

Nan Moor’s Bar, Todmorden

On Wednesday 26th March 2024 Halifax and Calderdale CAMRA members attended Nan Moor’s Bar in Todmorden to present the Spring 2024 Pub of the Season Award to the owners Lauren and Alice. In his speech Halifax and Calderdale CAMRA’s Branch Chair, Richard Lee, praised the bar for its welcoming and friendly staff, the picturesque setting, the vibrant atmosphere, the range of beers and ciders on offer, the gravity dispensed real ales and bag in a box and other real ciders. The event was well-attended by locals and CAMRA members and the Mayor of Todmorden, Tyler Hanley, was also present to show his support.

The cask ales on offer at the presentation were Torrside Yellow Peak APA (4.2%) and Wishbone Velvet Stout (5%) and the real ciders in bag in a box were Udders Orchard Brigantia (5%) and Deanhouse Dry (6%), all of which were in excellent condition. In addition another real cider, an English Pilsner, Budvar and two craft ales were available on keg as well as a range of ales and ciders in bottles and cans, including French ciders, and a full range of spirits, cocktails and other drinks.

Nan Moor’s Bar is located in Todmorden town centre, is adjacent to Rochdale Canal Bridge and is easily accessible from Todmorden Railway Station and bus stops within the town. It is frequented by drinkers of all ages and is dog and family friendly. The single room is split level and there is a garden which is accessible from the back of the bar area and from the canal towpath. A range of events and community activities are organised including Open Decks, a folk club (twice a month), other music events, a book club, a scrabble club and a pinch pot workshop. Nan Moor’s is the only bar/pub in Calderdale to permanently serve real ale by gravity dispense.

The owners of Nan Moor’s Bar, Lauren (back) and Alice (front), celebrate their Spring 2024 Pub of the Season success with Tyler Hanley (The Mayor of Todmorden) and Richard Lee (Halifax and Calderdale CAMRA Branch Chair)

Pub of the Season Winter 2023

The Market Tavern, Todmorden

On Saturday 6th January 2024 Halifax and Calderdale CAMRA members descended on the Market Tavern, Todmorden to present the Winter 2023/2024 Pub of the Season Award to the owner Mark Arrowsmith. The Market Tavern was Calderdale’s first market-based micro pub and opened in the 1879 Victorian indoor market hall in October 2019. It is well-known for friendly customer service and currently serves three beers on handpump which are usually provided by Reedley Hallows Brewery near Burnley and Red Rose Brewery, Ramsbottom. The Market Tavern also sells a range of other drinks including keg lager and cider, wine, soft drinks and a small selection of spirits and bottled beers are available from the local Eagles Crag Brewery.

In his speech Halifax and Calderdale CAMRA’s Branch Chair, Richard Lee, praised the friendly and hospitable welcome that is always extended to customers at The Market Tavern, the minimalistic and well-planned bar area and the high quality real ales on offer.

Since it opened just over four years ago, The Market Tavern has developed a very positive feeling in the market hall, has a loyal band of regular customers and always serves excellent real ale. As well as the Market Tavern, Mark and his wife Sue also run Jack’s House on Burnley Road, Todmorden and own Foras Bars Limited, a mobile bar hire and catering business.

The Market Tavern is easy to reach by public transport being less than a five minute walk from Todmorden Railway Station and next to Todmorden Bus Station.

The Market Tavern owner, Mark Arrowsmith (left), receives the Pub of the Season Certificate from Halifax & Calderdale CAMRA Branch Chair Richard lee

Pub of the Season Autumn 2023

The Robin Hood Inn – Halifax and Calderdale CAMRA’s Autumn Pub of the Season 2023

On Wednesday 4th October 2023 Matthew and Sally Browne, owners of Robin Hood Inn at Pecket Well, and their staff, were presented with Halifax and Calderdale CAMRA’s Autumn Pub of Season Award by branch chair Richard Lee. In his speech, Richard praised the traditional local pub for its cask and keg ales, the friendliness of the staff, the warm welcome and the bottle conditioned and non-alcoholic beers on offer. He also commented on the range of beers, lagers, ciders and other alcoholic drinks available and the excellent food. Four hand-pulled ales were served at the event, including Elland Brewery’s multi-award winning 1872 Porter, and these were in excellent condition and well-received by the travelling band of Halifax and Calderdale CAMRA members.

The Robin Hood Inn is a 17th century coaching inn which was renovated in the mid-19th century and is located in the small hill top village of Pecket Well near Hebden Bridge. It serves freshly cooked, traditional, home-made, pub food daily and popular local ales and specialist lagers. It has four hand-pulled rotating ales and six beers on keg including continental and UK craft beers. In the warmer months there are stunning views from the raised beer garden and it also has three cosy en-suite rooms if customers want to extend their stay. It is within easy reach of Hebden Bridge and Howarth and is connected by a local bus service.

Branch Chair Richard Lee (right) with Matthew and Sally Browne (centre) with their staff at the Pub of the Season presentation on Wednesday 4th October 2023.

Pub of the Season Summer 2023

Barbary’s – Halifax and Calderdale CAMRA’s Summer Pub of the Season 2023

On Wednesday 28th June 2023 Ben Adey, owner of Barbary’s in Mytholmroyd, and his staff (Adam and Amber) were presented with Halifax and Calderdale CAMRA’s Summer Pub of Season Award by branch chair Richard Lee. In his speech, Richard praised the cask, keg and cider served by Barbary’s, the friendliness of the staff and the design features of the micropub. Four handpulled ales were served at the event (Squawk Pavo, Kirkstall Pale, North Brewing Sputnik and Arbour Blue Sky Drinking) and these were enjoyed by the travelling CAMRA members and were in excellent condition.

Barbary’s was named after an inn in Mytholmroyd, called Barbary’s, which was frequented by the notorious Cragg Vale Coiners, an 18th Century gang of counterfeiters, and which was situated in a similar location in the village. The modern Barbary’s is located in the centre of Mytholmroyd and is easily accessible by bus and train. It is a two roomed micropub and has an undercover outdoor area with views over the River Calder. In addition to the four handpulled ales, it has six beers on keg, serves cider and lagers and has a range of spirits available. If you haven’t been there before, it is well-worth a visit.

Ben (centre), Adam and Amber with their Summer 2023 Pub of the Season Award

Pub of the Season Spring 2023

Dukes Speed Away With POTS Award

On Wednesday 29th March 2023 Elly Pattison-Walker, co-owner of Dukes in the Market Arcade, Halifax, was presented with Halifax and Calderdale CAMRA’s Spring Pub of Season Award by branch chair Richard Lee. In his speech, Richard praised Elly for the cask, keg and cider served by Dukes, for sourcing products from long distances, for the friendliness of the staff and for the modern bar which has been an excellent addition to the Calderdale drinking scene.

Dukes is one of the most recent bars to be established in Halifax and opened in April 2021. Three cask ales are served on handpump , thirteen beers are available on keg and there are also two ciders, one on cask and one on keg. The bar has a bright, colourful, cheerful interior with an extensive splash of pink and turquoise and bench seating is provided for customers in the Victorian Market Arcade. The downstairs colour scheme continues into the upstairs room which features tables with stool seating. Dukes serves rotating street foods on Friday, Saturday and Sunday and also has its own sauce shop.

Co-owner of Dukes, Halifax, Elly Pattison-Walker, receives the Spring 2023 Pub of the Season Awed from Branch Chair Richard Lee

Pub of the Season Winter 2022

Big Six Inn wins Top Award

On Wednesday 28th December 2022 the active members of Halifax and Calderdale CAMRA descended on the Big Six Inn on Horsfall Street, Savile Park to present the most recent Pub of Season Award. The presentation for Winter 2022/2023 was made to Alison Day (Pub Manager) and Steve Mudd (Bar Cellarman). Branch Chair Richard Lee praised the quality and range of real ale available, the friendliness of the staff and the community feel and the character of the pub.

The Big Six is a well-respected, traditional boozer with a rich history and is very popular with locals and visitors. Alison herself is also respected as prior to acquiring the position of Pub Manager in 2021 she had worked behind the bar in the pub for 24 years.

Alison Day and Steve Mudd, Pub Manager and Bar Cellarman of the Big Six Inn after receiving the Winter 2022/2023 Pub of the Season Award.

Pub of the Season Autumn 2022

The Crafty Fox – CAMRA Halifax and Calderdale’s Pub of the Season Autumn 2022.

Autumn 2022 Pub of the Season presentation evening at The Crafty Fox in Brighouse. Luke and Georgia Veasey (eldest children of the owner Barry Veasey) were presented with the Pub of the Season certificate and banner by Branch Chair Richard Lee in front of an appreciative and attentive band of locals and CAMRA members.

Richard praised the range and quality of the alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks offered by the modern, funky, micro bar; the knowledgeable staff; the range and styles of real ale on offer; the décor and the atmosphere created in The Crafty Fox.

The Crafty Fox is located on Commercial Street in the centre of Brighouse and gained entry into the Good Beer Guide last year.It opened on the 27th September 2019 and had just celebrated its third birthday so this well-deserved CAMRA award added to the celebrations. The micro bar serves six real ales on handpump and various other ales on keg. On the presentation day beers were available from Wilde Child, Mobberley, Vocation and Salopian with other beers from Neepsend, Squawk and Church End lining up to be introduced.

The Crafty Fox is a family-run bar and has seating for approximately fifty people on the lower level, although there is also an upstairs room which provides additional seating and is available for private functions and meetings. Live events are organised, there is blind beer tasting once a month and a weekly quiz.

Branch Chair Richard Lee (centre) celebrates the Autumn 2022 Pub of the Season success with Georgia and Luke Veasey at The Crafty Fox, Brighouse.

Pub of the Season Summer 2022

The Puzzle Hall Community Pub – CAMRA Halifax and Calderdale’s Pub of the Season Summer 2022.

On Wednesday 29th June 2022 the members of CAMRA Halifax and Calderdale descended on The Puzzle Hall Community Pub in Sowerby Bridge to present the latest branch Pub of the Season award. The certificate and banner were presented to Will Parry (Pub Manager) and a number of the Puzzle Hall directors were in attendance.

Richard Lee (CAMRA Halifax and Calderdale’s Branch Chair) praised the quality of customer service at the Puzzle and the wide range of high quality drinks that were made available to customers, including real cider. He obviously praised the range, condition and quality of the pub’s rotating cask ales and the variety of breweries represented on the six available handpumps.

Richard referred to the great achievements and considerable efforts of the Puzzle Hall directors (past and present), and the shareholders, who had shown vision in resurrecting the pub and sympathetically restoring it. The Puzzle has been transformed from a derelict shell and was now vibrant, with many musical and other events, once again served high quality real ale and had returned to its former glory. It might be remembered that these achievements were recognised by National CAMRA in 2020 when the Puzzle Hall was presented with National CAMRA’s Pub Saving Award, one of the highest CAMRA awards that can be bestowed.

Jubilant Puzzle Hall Community Pub Manager, Will Parry (left) pictured with CAMRA Halifax and Calderdale’s Branch Chair, Richard Lee, immediately after the presentation.

Will (Pub Manager) was formerly the manager of Trackside in Bury, is an enthusiastic real ale drinker, has many brewery contacts and always strives to source different and rare real ales. He expressed his delight after receiving the award and when asked where he would place the certificate jokingly stated ‘I think I’ll hang it on my wall’.

Cheers to the Puzzle Hall – CAMRA Halifax and Calderdale’s Pub of the Season Summer 2022

Pub of the Season Spring 2022

Meandering Bear – CAMRA Halifax and Calderdale’s Pub of the Season Spring 2022

In a well-attended gathering on Thursday 31st March 2022, the co-owners of the Meandering Bear, Halifax (Michael Ainsworth and Andrew Murphy) and staff members (James Head and Chris Dyson) were presented with the Spring 2022 Pub of the Season award by John Clegg of CAMRA Halifax and Calderdale. John praised the high quality customer service at the bar, the friendly atmosphere, the excellent and varying rotating cask and keg ales and the high quality food. He also referred to the excellent twice-yearly beer festivals, including a recent festival which featured Liverpool breweries, the regular meet the brewer evenings and the quiz nights and music events.

The Meandering Bear, which is named after a large grizzly bear that escaped from Halifax Zoo in 1913, opened in September 2019 and is located on Union Street, close to Halifax Piece Hall and the Westgate Arcade, in central Halifax. It serves five real ales on handpump, seven beers on keg and a range of other alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages. The bar supports other Calderdale businesses by purchasing supplies from them and also donates and raises funds for the Calderdale and Kirklees Women’s Centre.

Pub of the Season Winter 2021/2022

Double Reward for Todmorden Pub

Jackie Inwood, the owner of The Alehouse in Todmorden, has recently received a double reward for her endeavours. Her bar appeared in the 2022 Good Beer Guide for the first time ever and has also been awarded the Winter 2021-2022 CAMRA Halifax and Calderdale Pub of the Season. The Alehouse is located at Patmos, Burnley Road, Todmorden, is a few minutes’ walk from Todmorden Bus and Railway Stations and serves a house beer and four rotating cask ales on handpump.

The Pub of the Season Award was presented to Jackie by Richard Lee, Branch Chair of CAMRA Halifax and Calderdale, on Thursday 30th December 2021 in front of a packed audience at The Alehouse. Richard commented on the high quality of the cask ale, the outstanding levels of customer service offered by the staff and the very friendly community feel of the pub.

There have been times during Covid when the bar’s future has looked uncertain, but through the continued efforts of Jackie and her staff, extending the outside area to accommodate more drinkers and the continued support of locals and visitors, the bar has moved from strength to strength and the future of the Alehouse is now secure.

Jackie Inwood (second left) and her staff are presented with the Winter Pub of the Season 2021-2022 award by Branch Chair Richard Lee on Thursday 30th December 2021

Pub of the Season Autumn 2021

KØBENHAVN – PUB OF THE SEASON AUTUMN 2021

Award presented to staff at the Københaven, Halifax on 30th September 2021

On Thursday evening 30th September 2021, CAMRA Halifax and Calderdale Branch Chair Richard Lee presented the Autumn Pub of the Season award to the København, Westgate Arcade, Halifax. The København is one of the newest bars in Halifax and opened in August 2019. It serves six rotating microbrewery cask beers on handpump, has twenty four rotating beers on keg and provides a range of other alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks. The full range of beer styles are served and at least one dark beer is always available on cask and on keg.

The Branch Chair highlighted the qualities of the bar, the high standard of customer service, the wide knowledge of the staff, the range and quality of the beers on offer and the bar’s contribution to the thriving Halifax and Calderdale beer scene. CAMRA Halifax and Calderdale members, beer experts and members of the public attended the presentation.

Pub of the Season Summer 2021

RASTRICK PUB WINS A TOP CAMRA AWARD

Maggie and Rick Starkey, owners of the Roundhill Inn in Rastrick, are presented with the Summer Pub of the Season 2021 award at the presentation afternoon on Thursday 8th July 2021.

In a small, informal, gathering at the Roundhill Inn in Rastrick on Thursday 8th July 2021, owners Maggie and Rick Starkey were presented with the CAMRA Halifax and Calderdale Pub of the Season award for Summer 2021. Due to the Covid Pandemic this is the first Pub of the Season Award the branch have been able to present since Winter 2019/2020.

The award was presented by Branch Chair Richard Lee who highlighted the qualities of the pub, the friendly service and the range of drinks on offer. The Roundhill caters for all tastes and currently serves four real ales on handpull including the house beer, Ashover Citra, Timothy Taylor’s Landlord and Boltmaker and Vocation Bread and Butter.

The Good Beer Guide listed Roundhill is well worth a visit and can be reached by catching the 549 Huddersfield Bus from Halifax or Brighouse Bus Station.

Pub of the Season Winter 2019/2020

Flood hit pub wins CAMRA Pub of the Season Award

From left to right – Matt Bell (owner of Nightjar Brew Co and the Nightjar Micropub), Martyn Nelson and Andy Nulty (Nightjar Micropub Bar Managers) and Simon Chantler (Nightjar Brew Co brewer)
Branch Chair Richard Lee presents Matt Bell with the award.

26th February saw the Nightjar host a presentation of our Pub of the Season Award

The Nightjar opened in June 2017 and is the brewery tap for Nightjar Brew Co, the Mytholmroyd based brewery. Situated next door to the Picture House in Hebden Bridge, the pub serves three handpumped real ales, often two from their own brewery and another usually from one of the many other small independent breweries

The award, presented by Branch Chair Richard Lee recognised the contribution of the Nightjar to offer good ale, both real and keg in a hospitable and friendly environment. The presentation was well attended by members of Halifax & Calderdale CAMRA in recognition of the pubs’ achievement in overcoming the recent floods which did so much damage to the town of Hebden Bridge. In accepting the award the owner, Matt Bell paid particular attention to the flood measures put in place to minimise the damage and enable the pub to open swiftly. Also in attendance was Simon Chantler, brewer at the Nightjar Brew Co. who was at pains to thank the staff who contribute so much to the atmosphere in the Nightjar – in attendance and working hard last night were Martyn Nelson and Andy Nulty.

Pub of the Season Autumn 2019


“Brewery Tap” wins CAMRA branch award

Interestingly sited just through Gate 1 of the Dean Clough Mill site sits the brewery tap for one of Calderdale’s own breweries, Stod Fold, who brew at Ogden.  According to What Pub? – the internet pub database run by CAMRA, the Campaign for Real Ale – the pub was originally named Stod Fold Brewery Tap, but is now known simply as Stod Fold Dean Clough.

The pub, which was only opened in 2017, was chosen at the October meeting of  CAMRA Halifax and Calderdale to receive their Autumn Pub of the Season (POTS) award.

Pubs are chosen for these seasonal awards by a democratic vote of the branch members.  During the meeting Janice said, “I can take anyone there and they always feel comfortable”.  Justin added, “They do good and varied food, and there is always a dark beer on.”  Lisa agreed, “It is a comfortable modern pub, and it stocks the full range of Stod Fold real ales”.

The presentation evening took place at Stod Fold Dean Clough on Wednesday 27th November 2019, where CAMRA members gathered from 7:30pm onwards for a formal presentation of the certificate.

All are welcome at these presentation evenings; and CAMRA members enjoy meeting and chatting to the pub locals, licensee and bar staff, and occasional visitors alike.

Pub of the Season Summer 2019


Elland Craft and Tap – Summer Pub of the Season 2019

On Wednesday 28th August 2019, at a well-attended gathering, Richard Lee, Branch Chair of CAMRA Halifax and Calderdale, presented the Summer Pub of the Season Award 2019 to Elland Craft and Tap. The presentation was made to Steve Francis (Elland Brewery and Craft and Tap Owner) and Mike Hiscock (Elland Brewery and Craft and Tap Manager) at 102, Southgate, Elland. Richard stated that the award was a massive achievement for the bar which had opened less than a year earlier, praised the quality and range of real ale on offer and commented on the friendliness and customer service skills of the staff.


Elland Craft and Tap is Elland’s first micropub, is light, airy and comfortable and retains many of the features of the former bank which previously occupied the building. It opened in November 2018, has a community atmosphere and an upstairs function room is available (free of charge) for meetings held by community and other groups. It can easily be reached on the 503 bus from Halifax to Huddersfield and is seconds away from a bus stop on either side of the road.

Pub of the Season Spring 2019

King Cross Pub Gains Major Award

On Wednesday 22nd May CAMRA Halifax and Calderdale presented the Spring 2019 Pub of the Season award to Sue Greenwood the owner of The Oddy’s, King Cross, Halifax.

Branch Chair Richard Lee presented the award and gave a short speech, highlighting The Oddys’ qualities and the great achievements of the pub under Sue’s leadership, to the attending CAMRA members and the pub’s locals. Sue prides herself on the quality of her ales and offered her regular ale plus Cross Bay Zenith, Thornbridge AM:PM and Darkland Bohemian Raspberry.

The latter beer is endorsed by talented local rock musician and real ale fanatic Chantel McGregor who also attended the event along with Laura from Darkland Brewery; Halifax and Calderdale’s newest brewery.

Pub of the Season Spring 2018

The Pub, Todmorden Wins Top Award

Glenn (left) and Mel (right) and their staff display the CAMRA Halifax and Calderdale’s Pub of the Season banner Wednesday 30th May 2018

The Pub in Todmorden, owned by Glenn and Mel Kendall, is CAMRA Halifax and Calderdale’s Pub of the Season for Spring 2018. The award was presented by the Branch Communication’s Officer, Allan Whitehead, on Wednesday 30th May 2018 and the event was attended by locals, CAMRA members and Todmorden brewers. This is a major achievement for Glenn and Mel as, at the time of the award, The Pub had been open for less than one year. Well done Glenn and Mel, we love your ales and this award is in recognition of everything you’ve achieved!

Pub of the Season Winter 2017/2018

Chris and his team behind the bar with Richard Lee (CAMRA Chair)

The Pub of the Season Award was presented to the Wainhouse Tavern Upper Washer Lane, Halifax (just below King Cross, Halifax) on Wednesday 28th February. The weather was dreadful, but- CAMRA Halifax and Calderdale turned out in force, considering the conditions, to present the award and issue the banner. Unfortunately, we did not have the certificate at the time, because the certificate holder was hijacked by a snow drift.

The night was celebrated by the pub putting on all six beers from the opening night in 2013 and selling them at 2013 prices.

Pub of the Season Spring 2017

On Wednesday 24th May, the Branch presented The Market Tavern in Brighouse with the Spring 2017 Pub of Season Award. The Market Tavern only opened in February 2016 and since that time has established a high reputation for the quality of its cask ales and is highly thought of in the branch area and beyond.

Presentation of Certificate

Newly appointed branch chair, Richard Lee (second left), presents Adam, Debbie and Snap with the Pub of the Season certificate. He praised the high quality ale served in the micropub and commented on the excellent customer service provided.

Adam and Snap proudly hold up the Pub of the Season banner

Pub of the Season Winter 2016/2017

On Wednesday 6th February we presented The Hogs Head Brewery & Bar of Sowerby Bridge with the award of Pub of the Season. This award is given four times a year to a pub that has demonstrated consistent good quality beer over the previous few months.

This season’s award goes to a pub that has not only served excellent quality beer but it is somewhat unique in that it brews them itself. Halifax & Calderdale CAMRA would like to thank the staff at the Hogs Head for providing a great range of beers. Of course it is not only the beer that makes a great pub – the staff behind the bar and also the brewers should also take pride in giving us another difficult decision. It is thanks to their endeavours that it has made the Hogs Head Brewhouse & Bar such an asset to the Public House Community.

Pub of the Season Autumn 2016

On Monday 7th November we presented Calan’s of Hebden Bridge with the award of Pub of the Season. This award is given four times a year to a pub that has demonstrated consistent good quality beer over the previous few months. This seasons award goes to a pub that has recovered brilliantly from the devastating floods around Christmas so much so that it was recognised for inclusion in the 2017 Good Beer Guide.

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Halifax & Calderdale CAMRA would like to thank the team at Calan’s for providing a great range of beers, a great team of staff to serve them and a comfortable pub to drink them in. It is down to their enthusiasm for real ale that has made it a richly deserved award winner.