Regulars and staff at a town centre pub are raising a glass after their hostelry was named among Britain’s best.
The Salutation on Doncaster’s South Parade has been named as one of Britain’s 150 top real ale bars by the Campaign For Real Ale - to the delight of manager Gayle Bee.
She said: “We’re over the moon and really proud that we’ve been picked. It’s a real honour to be considered to be one of the best pubs in the country.”
The CAMRA list features only a handful of South Yorkshire alehouses with nine in total across the whole of Yorkshire.
The Salutation, known locally as The Sal, was selected by CAMRA’s local branch members who voted for the pub based on customer service, value for money, decor, customer mix, atmosphere and, of course, the quality of the beer.
Added Gayle, who runs the pub with her mum, landlady Sue Bee: “We put our success down to keeping a traditional pub with traditional values and quality customer service.
“It is not always an easy industry to be in but we think old fashioned values of putting the customer first and providing a good service are vitally important.”
The pair have been in charge at the historic coaching inn for seven years and in that time the pub has won a handful of Pub of the Season awards from the local branch of CAMR.
Last year it scooped the prestigious Pub of the Year award for the first time.
The pub regularly has a variety of real ales and ciders on tap and works with local brewers to source new ales.
It also holds brewing evenings where customers can sample real ales and also chat with brewers about beer production.
Added Gayle: “We like to give our customers a chance to try new things and let people know about new things that are happening in the real ale world.”
The majority of the listed pubs will now move forward to the Regional Pub of the Year competition, announced in September, with the winner of that award standing a chance of winning the National Pub of the Year.
CAMRA chief executive Mike Benner said: ”These pubs are examples of the kind of well-run and valued community pubs we hope to see more of in the UK.”