Pub wins award for its beer

SUCCESS: Peter and Sheila Crosby receiving the Pub of the Season Award certificate from Cleveland Branch chair, Joe Berriman.

SUCCESS: Peter and Sheila Crosby receiving the Pub of the Season Award certificate from Cleveland Branch chair, Joe Berriman.

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PUB landlords are celebrating after winning a top award for the quality of its beer.

The Ship Inn, in Mickle Hill Road, High Hesleden, beat off competition from more than 80 pubs to win the Cleveland CAMRA’s pub of the season award for spring 2011.

Cleveland CAMRA is a group of volunteers that champion real ale.

The pub was highly praised for its commitment to real ale, its support for local breweries and the overall ambience, friendliness and cleanliness of the building.

Landlords Peter and Sheila Crosby, who celebrate 10 years in charge in August, received their certificate from the chairman of the Cleveland CAMRA branch Joe Berriman.

Mr Berriman praised the pub for its “continuing commitment to provide an enviable choice of real ales that are always served in excellent condition”.

Mrs Crosby, 55, said: “I would like to thank all the locals and regulars, who without them, we would not be able to provide such a selection of real ales.

“I would also like to thank CAMRA for recognising us in this way.”

She added that their success in receiving the award was down to Peter, 68, for his commitment to real ale in going from having one real ale hand pump to seven in the pub.

After winning the pub of the season award, the Ship Inn will now join the other seasonal winners from across the region in competing for the Pub of the Year competition, which will be decided at the Cleveland CAMRA’s AGM in March.

From there it is on to the regional and national finals.

The current pub of the season for this area is the Rat Race Ale House, in Church Street, Hartlepool, which was also considered this time around. Cleveland CAMRA has nearly 500 members.