Words and photos by Dave Barry
For the ninth year, the North Riding Brew Pub has been declared Scarborough’s best pub.
Landlady Karen Nielsen is running out of space for all the framed certificates she and husband Stuart have won over the years.
The accolade was bestowed by the local branch of Camra - the Campaign for Real Ale -which covers Scarborough, Filey, Pickering and Malton.
Founded in 1974 by Richard Thompson, the branch introduced the annual awards to recognise real ale, real cider and the traditional British pub.
With over 190,000 members, Camra is the UK’s largest single-issue consumer group.
Other pubs which come out trumps in the local branch awards for 2017 include the Hole in the Wall, the runner-up pub of the year, and the Corporation Club, the club of the year.
The cider pub of the year is the Stumble Inn; the runner-up is Scholars.
The Sun in Pickering and the Old Post Office Tavern in Brompton shared the honours for rural pubs. The Sun was the rural pub of the year and the Tavern was runner-up. The section for rural cider pub was won by the Tavern, with the Sun as runner-up.
Gillian Harper, who chairs the branch, and cider representative Tracey Knorn, visited the pubs to present certificates.
The branch is staging its third annual beer festival at the Old Parcel Office next to the railway station in Scarborough from 11-13 October.
The Tavern, which opened in December 2015, usually has four ales (a stout or a porter, a bitter, an IPA and a pale) and 10 ciders on tap.
It has a huge selection of gins (52) and is holding a gin night on 12 May.