New Old No 7 is crowned top venue for real ale

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Barnsley’s historic Old No 7 pub has been hailed the town’s number one drinking venue by real ale fans.

The Market Hill pub has won the Campaign for Real Ale’s local pub of the year title, months after it relaunched as a cask ale specialist.

South Yorkshire’s Acorn Brewery unveiled the venue in August, after owners Dave and Judi Hughes ploughed £180,000 into restoring the Grade II-listed property.

Dave said: “Winning this accolade so soon is terrific.”

The pub dates back to the 18th century and was originally an ironmonger’s and printer’s before being licensed in 1925.

Former owners Enterprise closed the venue in 2010, and Acorn saw a space for a real ale pub.

Refurbishment restored several original features and the solid wooden bar displays nine hand pumps.