Pub’s top accolade joy

AWARD: Yorkshire Camra director Mick Moss and Tim Wood, dressed in uniform to announce a Help for Heroes beer festival.
AWARD: Yorkshire Camra director Mick Moss and Tim Wood, dressed in uniform to announce a Help for Heroes beer festival.

A MIRFIELD alehouse has been voted in the top three clubs in the county for 2010.

The Old Colonial Club won joint third place in the Campaign for Real Ale (Camra) Club of the Year competition in the Yorkshire region.

Landlord Tim Wood said: “I was very happy to be able to represent the Heavy Woollen district branch in the Yorkshire regionals. I was chosen out of 2,600 clubs in the whole region which stretches from Middlesbrough to south of Sheffield.

“The adjudicators come up and assess me on the supply, the beer quality, ambiance, and the level of service. It’s a very tough competition as the first place winner, Guiseley Factory Workers Club, and second place winner, Greetland Community and Sporting Club, have both won the national competition.”

Mr Wood said he dressed in army uniform to announce the club would be holding a beer festival to raise money for Help for Heroes later this year.

Paul Dixey, Heavy Woollen Camra secretary, said: “When you consider the number of clubs in Yorkshire, this is a major accomplishment, particularly as last year’s national champion was the Yorkshire winner.

“The aim of the award is to recognise commitment by the club to quality real ale. In the case of Tim Wood’s Old Colonial Club, there are up to six real ales available including Copper Dragon’s excellent Best Bitter, brewed in Skipton.

“The guest beers come from near and far and often include special limited editions and commemorative ales in a variety of styles. Tim has good relations with a number of independent brewers, sometimes resulting in one-off and trial brews being available at the club.

“Last year the club raised funds for no less than 37 different local charities.”