A WHITBY pub has been crowned pub of the year by real ale champions CAMRA.
The Station Inn on New Quay Road was awarded the accolade at a presentation last Thursday.
Members from CAMRA, the Campaign for Real Ale, visited en masse to enjoy the delights of a pub they had voted as the best of the 260 pubs that champion real ale across the region.
Joe Berriman, chairman of the Cleveland branch of CAMRA, said: “The Station Inn’s always had consistent beer scores year after year. They keep some cracking beers and everything about the place is first class.”
The Station Inn also currently holds publican newspaper The Morning Advertiser’s regional award for best cask beer pub, and landlord Colin Stonehouse said: “This means more because it is voted for by people from our region.
“We are really chuffed about it and it’s something we’ve always wanted, something we’ve always worked towards.”
CAMRA has 13,000 members nationwide, making it the largest consumer group in Europe, with the sole aim of promoting and preserving real ale.
Mr Berriman added: “I’ve been drinking real ale for 40 years and the Station Inn remains one of the best and a haven for real ale drinkers.
“It’s going back to the days when ale was not delivered with gas and nonsense. It’s pulled in a traditional way without any gas, chemicals or additives.”