Kelham Island Tavern wins Camra's national pub award – again

17 February 2010 by
Kelham Island Tavern wins Camra's national pub award – again

The Kelham Island Tavern in Sheffield has won the Campaign for Real Ale's (Camra National Pub of the Year award for the second year running.

The pub is the only pub every to win the accolade twice on the trot. It has also held the title of Camra Yorkshire Regional Pub of the Year on four occasions.

It beat three other runners-up to take the top prize, they were:

  • Royal Oak Inn, Wantage, Oxon
  • Crown Hotel, Worthington, Gtr Manchester
  • Royal Oak, Friday Street, West Sussex

Praising the Kelham Island Tavern for its achievement, Julian Hough, Camra pubs director, said: "The Kelham Island Tavern holds a remarkable record in Camra pub competitions bearing in mind the pub only opened in 2002. With so many fantastic community pubs in Sheffield, it's difficult enough to be crowned the best in the Steel City, let alone in the whole of the UK! The pub's success is thoroughly deserved due to its high attention to detail, service to the surrounding community, and quality in all areas, not least in the beer."

Trevor Wraith, Kelham Island Tavern licensee, said: "We are once again overwhelmed at the judge's results and delighted to be awarded Camra's top prize for the second year running. It's truly a great achievement and something we never dreamt of when we first opened.

"Winning last year only made us work harder to meet and beat people's expectations, with people travelling from all over the UK to visit us. With this award, our aim is that we maintain our high standards and continue to fulfil people's high hopes of our pub."

The pub is listed in the Camra Good Beer Guide 2010 accompanied by the following description: "Selected as Camra's National Pub of the Year in 2008 after previously picking up many local and regional awards, this small gem was rescued from dereliction as recently as 2002. An impressive 10 permanent handpumps include two that always dispense a mild and a stout/porter, so you are sure to find something to suit your mood. In the warmer months you can relax in the pub's multi-award winning beer garden."

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