Harry’s Bar is voted Wakefield’s best pub

Harry's Bar has won Wakefield Camra's Pub of The Year.
Harry's Bar has won Wakefield Camra's Pub of The Year.

Harry’s Bar has been crowned Wakefield’s pub of the year.

CAMRA members have voted the real alehouse, off Westgate, as the best place to drink in the district.

Landlady Louise Waters, 31, believes the secret of its success is the quality of its beer, the varied choice and the “amazing” bar team and customers.

She added: “I would like to thank the staff - especially the staff - as they are an awesome team. They all contribute towards the running of the pub. Likewise I want to thank the customers. We are busy seven nights a week.”

The ale selection includes three permanent beers - including Harry’s Beer 3.9 per cent ABV by Five Towns of Outwood, Bob’s White Lion 4.3 per cent from Ossett and Moorhouse’s Pride of Pendle 4.1 per cent from Lancashire.

There are also five guest beers from near and far, including pumps dedicated to strong pale ales and dark beers like stouts and porters.

Cider and perry drinkers are also catered for with a rotating pump.

Mum-of-four Miss Waters has owned the pub for 11 years but has run it full-time for three years.

The pub hadn’t won an award since 2009 until last summer when it was voted pub of the season by Wakefield CAMRA.

Miss Waters, 31, said the summer award was just sinking in when she learned this week that her pub had taken the ultimate local beer accolade.

She added: “I was shocked and chuffed both at the same time because we don’t press that we want people to vote for us.

“I don’t want to say to people, ‘It’s pub of the year, come on vote for us.’

“They have done it for all the right reasons, because they think it is the pub of the year.

“We’ve just concentrated on running the pub, getting the choice right and listening to the customers.”