Real ale fans nationwide could soon be descending on a village club on the outskirts of Sheffield – which has today been hailed as the best in the country.
Wortley Men’s Club triumphed over 28,000 other entries to be named winner of the prestigious Campaign for Real Ale prize.
Its warm welcome, commitment to quality real ale and location in the heart of its community clinched the National Club of the Year title.
“We are overjoyed at receiving this award, it is beyond our expectations,” said club steward Nigel Pickering.
The club on Reading Room Lane introduced cask beer in 1997 with one pump – but now has four pumps and one real cider available.
Real ale fans also enjoy an annual beer festival, in its third year, and recent events have included a quiche-cooking contest and a brass band competition.
Nigel added: “We try to be active in the local community as we are part of a small village, and hold events in conjunction with local businesses and the church.”
The club is no stranger to titles, having previously claimed the autumn pub of the season and Barnsley club of the year awards as well as regional plaudits.
Its ‘opulent’ interior, cosy beer garden and ‘impressive’ exterior are chronicled in CAMRA’s Good Beer Guide 2015.
The latest award aimed to recognise real ale clubs with top atmospheres, surroundings and real ale.
Other finalists this year included Cheltenham Motor Club, Appleton Thorn Village Hall in Cheshire and Poole Ex-Serviceman’s Royal British Legion Club.
Competition organiser John Holland said: “Wortley Men’s Club is hugely deserving of this prestigious CAMRA award.
“Not only is it a beautiful period building, but the steward’s commitment to quality real ale and the welcome you receive really is second to none.
“The club itself of course serves men and women, and is free to visit for CAMRA members, but I think you would think yourself extremely lucky to have this as your local club, and I can see why it remains as popular as ever with members as well proving a hit with competition judges.”
The club will be presented with its prize this afternoon by CAMRA chiefs.