Sheffield pub toasts fresh award win

Kelham Island Tavern landlord Trevor Wraith and barperson Naomi Ayers.
Kelham Island Tavern landlord Trevor Wraith and barperson Naomi Ayers.
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A Sheffield pub has been hailed as one of the top 16 in the country and made it onto the shortlist for pub of the year 2015.

The Kelham Island Tavern in Russell Street has been selected as the Yorkshire finalist for CAMRA’s Pub Of The Year.

The venue is the only one to win the Campaign For Real Ale’s gong two years in a row and could be lined up for another victory next year.

The pub and beer garden offers around 12 real ales at any one time, and always has a mild, porter and stout available.

Landlord Trevor Wraith said success is down to the hard work of his staff – and a ‘tip-top’ beer cellar.

He said: “The award has mystery drinkers visit from all over the region to test various things about the pub.

“They consider the way the pub looks from the outside, the greeting from staff, the standard of toilets, but most importantly the quality of the beer.

“We always keep the beer cellar in tip-top condition and we recently received 100 per cent from Cask Marque.

“We have 12 ales on at any one time, and many like Abbeydale Deception and Bradfield Blonde are very popular and have won awards themselves.”

Mr Wraith took on the pub in 2001 and opened it a year later, and has been winning awards ever since.

Earlier this year it was named Sheffield pub of the year by CAMRA for the tenth time.

The landlord said he was taking a gamble when he opened it, but used criticism to spur him on.

Mr Wraith added: “I am so pleased when we win an award because when I first came here there was a lot of negative talk about it.

“Kelham Island was considered a problem area at the time, but that has obviously changed.

“But when people made negative comments, it just made me work even harder and harder.

“When I took it on the pub was in desperation, and I was told I could be committing financial suicide.

“All those things just made me more determined.”