All hail the ale at Sheffield pub

Lewis Gonda, owner and pub manager with Dave Williams (r), senior bar manager of the Kelham Island Tavern, Russell Street, are celebrating being crowned the best real ale pub in Sheffield. Picture: Andrew Roe
Lewis Gonda, owner and pub manager with Dave Williams (r), senior bar manager of the Kelham Island Tavern, Russell Street, are celebrating being crowned the best real ale pub in Sheffield. Picture: Andrew Roe
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There is definitely something to toast at one Sheffield pub – which has scooped a top real ale prize for the tenth time.

The Kelham Island Tavern has been crowned the best in the city again by the Campaign for Real Ale.

It stars in CAMRA’s list of 200 pubs of the year, all of which have been judged by volunteers in branches up and down the country.

Dave Williams, bar manager at the Kelham Island venue, said: “It is fantastic to win it again – this is the tenth time, although we didn’t win last year.

“It’s a real honour when there is so much competition in the city – the quality of beer people produce is very high.

“I think our success is down to the friendly atmosphere, the mix of clientele and the quality of the beer we have on – we have a good mix to suit all tastes.”

CAMRA revealed the list as part of Community Pubs Month, an awareness drive throughout April aimed at raising the profile of pubs after new research showed 28 close each week.

Almost 40 per cent of British adults no longer visit pubs.

But Dave said the thirst for real ale was growing in the Tavern and in Sheffield.

He said: “The range of people drinking these days is completely different.

“There are more young people and women – you get a mix of people aged from 18 to 80.”

Branch winners also included The Old Number 7 in Barnsley, Chesterfield’s Tramway Tavern and the Travellers Rest in Apperknowle.

All will battle it out in regional heats before the national prize – which the Kelham Island Tavern has won in the past – is revealed.

Colin Valentine, CAMRA chairman, has urged people to visit their local during the awareness month.