Popular pub scoops top award

SUCCESS: Steve Bell who runs the Fishermans pictured with his partner Mandy and Terry McAuliffe, Cleveland CAMRA vice-chairman (right).
SUCCESS: Steve Bell who runs the Fishermans pictured with his partner Mandy and Terry McAuliffe, Cleveland CAMRA vice-chairman (right).
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A LANDLORD is celebrating after his premises was named community pub of the year by ale lovers.

Hartlepool pub The Fishermans Arms, in Southgate, on the Headland, has been awarded the top honour by the Cleveland branch of CAMRA, a group which campaigns and promotes real ale.

Steve Bell and partner Mandy Jackson, 49, have been running the pub for three years and CAMRA stalwarts say they provide a “genuine and warm welcome”.

The pub was nominated at CAMRA’s AGM and the presentation was attended by ale enthusiasts and pub regulars.

Steve, 51, said: “We are really pleased to have won this award.

“We have been here nearly three years and we are trying to build it up into a traditional community pub.”

Alan Davies, of Cleveland CAMRA, said: “Steve and Mandy run dart teams, have music nights, have quiz nights, run regular beer festivals showcasing 20 different beers and have established a fine reputation for serving real beers on the Headland that are a little more interesting than the norm.”

The popular pub is in CAMRA’s 2013 Good Beer Guide.

The community pub of the year award is named after a former member of the Cleveland branch of CAMRA, Jo Powell, who was one of the original members.