Double joy for Sheffield pub as it wins second accolade in three months

The University Arms manager Ashley Sheppard and bar manager Danny Vickers are presented with the pub of the month and ACV (asset of community value) certificates
The University Arms manager Ashley Sheppard and bar manager Danny Vickers are presented with the pub of the month and ACV (asset of community value) certificates
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A Sheffield watering hole has double cause for celebration after being named pub of the month just weeks after gaining protected status.

The University Arms was recognised during Beer Week in March as an asset of community value (ACV), making it harder for the building to be developed or converted for alternative uses like housing or retail.

The pub, which is owned by The University of Sheffield and lies within its campus on Brook Hill but is open to all, was last night named Sheffield and District Pub of the Month for May by CAMRA (Campaign for Real Ale).

Manager Ashley Sheppard and bar manager Danny Vickers were presented with the award at a ceremony on Tuesday (May 9), where they also received the ACV certificate.

Ashley said: "The team, Danny and I are absolutely delighted to have won CAMRA's pub of the month award. CAMRA has done a lot of work lately to help us become an asset of community value which definitely helps in securing our future as a pub at the University Arms."

Campaigners initially tried to get the pub listed as an ACV last year, but the application was rejected by Sheffield Council following an objection from the university.

However, they succeeded at the second attempt, after submitting a more detailed application to the council.

The pub cannot now be knocked down or converted without planning permission, and if it goes up for sale, the community has six months to put in an offer.

It is the ninth pub in Sheffield to be recognised as a community asset, and campaigners are waiting for the outcome of two further applications to confer the status on Carbrook Hall in Attercliffe and The Cherry Tree Inn in Brincliffe Edge.

Dave Pickersgill, of CAMRA's Sheffield & District branch, said: "The University Arms is well deserving of our pub of the month award. It consistently provides an extensive range of well- kept real ale and an innovative food menu. In addition, there is the well-used, and attractive, beer garden: an essential part of (music festival) Tramlines."

Any property or land can be recognised as an ACV, provided applicants can prove it plays a key role in the community where it is situated.

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