The Red Lion, in Doncaster, has been voted Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) ‘Pub of the Year’ 2010, for the second successive year.
Doncaster & District CAMRA branch members named the town-centre outlet best pub in their annual ballot.
Paul Sanderson, pub manager at The Red Lion (pictured left receiving a certificate from Ian Round, chairman of Doncaster CAMRA), said: “Everyone at the pub is thrilled to have won the title for the second year.
“We are very enthusiastic about our real ale, keen to support our local breweries and ensure that we have excellent quality and great choice for our customers.”
The editor of the Doncaster & District Branch CAMRA magazine Donny Drinker, Martin Clark, said: “Manager Paul Sanderson and his staff are to be congratulated on retaining this award for a second year, beating off some stiff competition in the process. “I believe that the main reason for The Red Lion’s continued success under Paul’s management is that the pub works so well on two ‘levels’. Of course, it’s a Wetherspoon; so we, as customers, benefit from that company’s positive attitude to real ale and unquestionable value.
“While these attributes are obviously much appreciated, they do not make a great pub alone. The Red Lion, however, works as a ‘local’ too, with friendly helpful staff and a great mixed clientele.
“Paul’s commitment to real ale is well known, and he regularly sources beers from a fine range of microbreweries – including Elland, Saltaire and, of course, the excellent and very innovative Thornbridge.
“He runs several additional beer festivals over and above Wetherspoon’s regular events – keep up the great work Paul.”