PUNTERS will be raising a glass to the Fishermans Arms after the popular pub won a prestigious area award.
The Headland pub, on Southgate, has been named as the winner of the Campaign for Real Ale’s (CAMRA) Cleveland pub of the year.
The Fish, as it is known, will now go forward to the regional stage where it goes head to head with the best pubs in the North-East.
It was the second bit of good news for landlord Steve Bell, who was told the pub had won at the weekend shortly after finding out The Fish had also been named as CAMRA’s pub of the season.
The award comes just 18 months after the pub made it into CAMRA’s flagship publication, the Good Beer Guide.
Steve, 51, who runs the pub with his partner Mandy Jackson, mum of Emily Whitehead, 15, said: “It’s the CAMRA members who vote, they go round the different pubs trying the beers.
“It’s great for us, I was delighted when I found out we had won.”
Steve admitted he would love The Fish to go on to achieve more glory in the regional round, but acknowledges competition is particularly high.
“We will be up against pubs that are right at the top of their game now,” added Steve.
“Obviously we would love to win again but it will be really tough.”
Punters can choose between two house ales and two guest ales at the Fish, as well as enjoying a host of weekly music nights and the popular quiz on a Sunday.
The pub is also home to Steve’s lovable labrador Hugo, the ale-drinking pooch who previously featured in the Mail.