South Yorkshire venue named top club in Yorkshire

19 March 2014.....Nigel Pickering steward at Wortley Men's Club which has recently won a CAMRA award. Picture Scott Merrylees SM1002/46b
19 March 2014.....Nigel Pickering steward at Wortley Men's Club which has recently won a CAMRA award. Picture Scott Merrylees SM1002/46b
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A little-known Sheffield club with an ‘impressive exterior and an opulent interior with ornate ceilings’ is raising a glass to success – after it was chosen as the best in the whole of Yorkshire.

Wortley Men’s Club in Wortley village, Sheffield, has been selected by the Campaign For Real Ale as one of the top 16 clubs nationwide for 2014.

Steward Nigel Pickering said he is ‘on top of the world’.

“It’s nice for the club to get recognition because we are tucked away in a quiet corner and a lot of people don’t know we are here,” he said.

The venue is now in the running for the best in the entire country, against a shortlist of 15 other regional winners.

The men’s club was Yorkshire runner-up in 2013, and CAMRA said its win now highlighted a ‘tremendous commitment to high standards’.

Competition organiser Mick Moss said: “For Wortley Men’s Club to have won the title this year, after being runner-up in 2013, shows a tremendous continued commitment to high standards.

“It also shows a club in a village can be as successful and as appreciated as those in the larger populated towns and cities.”

Mr Pickering said the club’s success was down to a number of factors including its commitment to fundraising for the community.

The club is to hold a charity event for nearby St Leonard’s Church on October 18, and has also raised money for Yorkshire Air Ambulance this year.

Mr Pickering said: “We always make sure we have a cask beer from within a 20-mile radius of the club, and a guest draught cider. We had one cask beer pump, then went to two, then doubled that to four. It’s getting more and more popular - even the alcopop crowd are starting to turn to something more natural.

“We do lots of fundraising for the local church and we held a beer festival in August for the air ambulance.”

n The Concertina Band Club in Mosborough was shortlisted for the award.