Boozer celebrates after being named top cider venue

Fiona Holmes toasts the top cider accolade for Acorn Brewery's Old No 7 pub, named Yorkshire Regional Cider Pub of the Year by the Campaign for Real Ale
Fiona Holmes toasts the top cider accolade for Acorn Brewery's Old No 7 pub, named Yorkshire Regional Cider Pub of the Year by the Campaign for Real Ale
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Barnsley’s multi award-winning Old No 7 pub has been hailed Yorkshire’s top cider venue.

The Campaign for Real Ale has named the pub, on Market Hill, Barnsley, its Yorkshire Regional Cider Pub of the Year.

The accolade is in recognition of the variety of ciders and perries on offer at the venue.

Previously, the pub has been named Barnsley Camra Pub of the Year for both 2012 and 2013 and was also voted runner-up in the Yorkshire Camra Pub of the Year last year.

Nigel Croft, secretary of Barnsley Camra, said: “The Old No 7 is a credit to cider and perry drinkers. It has up to four available from behind the bar and on hand pump as well as a selection in bottles.

“This cider award to the pub has put Barnsley on the map, not just for its great beers but now ciders and perries.”

Cider tasting sessions have been an important feature at the pub’s regular beer festivals.

Fiona Holmes, who manages the Old No 7, said: “It is fantastic to win this award for our cider choice. Coming after our other awards so soon since we opened is a great boost to the pub and all the staff.”

The Old No 7 - one of the town’s most historic buildings - was rescued from closure by Acorn Brewery founders Dave and Judi Hughes together with business partner Michael Holmes. Dave Hughes said: “Fiona and her team have done a terrific job to win yet another great award for the pub.”