Kelham Island Tavern in line for national CAMRA crown for third time

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Sheffield’s Kelham Island Tavern is raising a glass to itself yet again...

Hot on the heels of winning the city’s Campaign For Real Ale Pub Of The Year for the 10th time, the little backstreet boozer is in line for the national crown.

CAMRA have just announced its Top 16 Pubs in Britain and the real ale haven on Russell Street is one of them once again.

The result gets the pub into the Good Beer Guide 2015 yet again and could win it the National Pub of the Year title for the third time in its history.

The winner is to be announced in February and pubs will be judged on their atmosphere, decor, welcome, service, value for money, customer mix and most importantly, quality of beer.

The Tavern is in with more than a sporting chance, as it won the national crown back in 2008 and 2009, the only pub ever to have won the title for consecutive years, says landlord Trevor Wraith.

The pub, a high spot on Sheffield’s real ale trail, was rescued from dereliction in 2002. Twelve handpumps dispense an impressive range of beers, always including a mild, porter and stout, and the pub’ has a multi award-winning beer garden.

Landlord Trevor reckons the availability of popular local tipples - including Abbeydale, Acorn and Bradfield ales - is one of the reasons for its continual award success. He said: “I never thought all this success was possible when we opened the pub up.

“I think it’s down to the fact that people know they can come and get a decent pint from the drinks here all the time. We have a solid base and know many of our weekday customers by name. A lot of hard work and dedication goes into what we do.”