Toast to pub of the year

Landlady Lisa Wood of the Cricketers Arms in Horbury which has won Wakefield CAMRA pub of the year
Landlady Lisa Wood of the Cricketers Arms in Horbury which has won Wakefield CAMRA pub of the year

a PUB that was reborn just a year ago has been named Wakefield Pub of the Year.

The Cricketers Arms reopened in November 2010 after the empty Horbury pub was rescued and given a new lease of life.

And last week it was given the title by Wakefield Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA).

Land lady Lisa Wood has taken the pub on Cluntergate through its modernisation and onto success.

She said: “The dedication and professionalism of all my staff over the last few months, and the loyalty of all my customers has helped make The Cricketers what it is today.”

A total of eight real cask ale pumps run on the bar, two of them permanently serving Timothy Taylors and Black Sheep Brewery, with the others rotating beers from regional and local independent brewers.

Miss Wood said: “We like to give local independent brewers the chance to showcase their products.

“The Wakefield district has over seven independent breweries and they know how we keep their products to perfection and serve them correctly, which has helped us to achieve this award.”

The pub recently featured a variety of German beers and food at their German-themed festival Oktoberfest.

Miss Wood said the pub is at the heart of the Horbury community but customers also come from all around Wakefield as well as Huddersfield, Dewsbury, Sharlston, Pontefract and Castleford to enjoy the tipples at the pub.

David Litten, who travels from Hull, said: “It’s a great pub with friendly, hard-working staff, serving an excellent range of real ales.”

The pub was also awarded Wakefield CAMRA Pub of the Season in Spring last year, and in September was presented with the national Cask Marque award.

And as Wakefield Pub of the Year, it is now in with the chance of being named Yorkshire Pub of the Year.

The pub is looking to the future with proposals for hot foods to join the cheese boards they currently sell.

It will also host a bar at the Wakefield Festival of Food, Drink and Rhubarb at the end of February.

The award will be officially presented at the pub on Thursday, February 9, at 8.30pm.