Accolade for pub that bounced back after the flood

Eddie Munnelly and Pat Wilson at the Gardeners Rest, Neepsend Lane.

Eddie Munnelly and Pat Wilson at the Gardeners Rest, Neepsend Lane.

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A SHEFFIELD pub that was closed for two-and-a-half years as a result of the 2007 floods has been chosen as Pub of the Month by local members of the Campaign for Real Ale.

The award seals the comeback of the Gardeners Rest in Neepsend Lane, which has been run as a freehouse by Pat Wilson and Eddie Munnelly since October 1998.

Camra members praise its “friendly atmosphere with a clientele of young and old” and activities ranging from a free general knowledge quiz on Sunday nights to live music on Fridays and Saturdays and photographic exhibitions.

After the flood deluged the pub, which is next to the River Don, the clean-up ran into a series of delays before the doors opened again in November 2009. One survivor was the bar billiards table, which has been refurbished and, says Camra, is the only one to be found in a Sheffield pub.

The award will be presented on the evening of Tuesday, August 16.