Seventh heaven for Sheffield pub named Yorkshire Pub of the Year for seventh time

Kelham Island Tavern landlord Trevor Wraith. Picture: Andrew Roe
Kelham Island Tavern landlord Trevor Wraith. Picture: Andrew Roe

Raise a glass to Sheffield’s Kelham Island Tavern – which has been crowned CAMRA’s Yorkshire Pub of the Year for a thirst-quenching seventh time.

The popular drinking hole has won a stream of awards since it opened in 2001, and remains the only pub to have nabbed the Campaign for Real Ale’s national Pub of the Year title twice.

Landlord Trevor Wraith said: “We’re still proud to say that with Sheffield being big on real ale, we keep getting the awards. I think it’s something of an achievement.

“We care about what we’re doing and we take great pride in keeping the cellar as it should be so the beer comes out in perfect condition.”

Trevor said he also ensures every last detail is thought about, whether it’s keeping the exterior looking smart or checking the glasses are cleaned properly.

CAMRA’s Yorkshire regional director, Kevin Keaveny, said: “The judges felt that the Kelham Island Tavern just ‘ticked a few more boxes’ than the other nominations.

“The owner and the staff of the pub have set a very high standard.”

Trevor called the attention the pub gets from its awards a ‘double-edged sword,’ as punters often have a wait at the bar as the venue is so packed with real ale fans eager to have a pint or two at this famous spot.

Trevor even said he has a regular from Scarborough who doesn’t mind making frequent, two-hour journeys in order to drink from the pub’s 13 different hand pumps.

The Russell Street pub’s latest CAMRA award will be presented today.

To celebrate, the pub will be serving an array of Yorkshire beers with a free buffet. The Tavern is also nominated once again for the CAMRA 2015 National Pub of the Year, which will be announced in February next year.

As for whether Trevor will be crossing his fingers, he said: “We’ll just do what we do, hopefully.”