Skipton pub wins another top prize

Skipton pub wins another top prize

Timothy Taylor’s managing director, Charles Dent proudly holds up the CAMRA Beer of the Year Shield flanked by sales director, Grant Simpson (left) and head brewer, Peter Eells (right).

Deputy manager Ben Kemp of the Woolly Sheep Pub, Skipton

Deputy manager Ben Kemp of the Woolly Sheep Pub, Skipton

First published in Dales Life Craven Herald: Photograph of the Author by , Deputy Editor

JUST six weeks after winning Yorkshire's Favourite Pub competition, the Woolly Sheep has won further acclaim for the success of its business and the quality of its cellar.

The Skipton pub has been named winner of both the Best Managed Pub and also Best Cellar for the Yorkshire, North East and Scotland region in the Great British Pub Awards 2014.

It is now hoping to win national honours next week.

The Woolly Sheep is run by Timothy Taylors, which owns 28 venues across the county.

The Sheep Street hostelry beat off the challenge of numerous pubs in the region to claim the titles.

The awards are organised by pub industry magazine, the Publican’s Morning Advertiser.

Its editor Rob Willock said: “The awards recognise pubs that have increased profits and have a well kept cellar.

“The judges were really impressed with the pub’s strong cask ale sales growth and immaculate retail standards.”

The pub will now go forward to the Great British Pub Awards 2014 national final, held at the Hilton Hotel, Park Lane, London, next Thursday, September 11.

It will go head to head with other regional winners for the UK titles of Best Managed Pub 2014 and Best Cellar 2014.

The Woolly Sheep will also have the opportunity to compete for the overall champions of champions title of Great British Pub of the Year 2014.

It is the pub's second major success of the summer.

In July, it won a public vote in Welcome to Yorkshire's competition to find the county's favourite pub and was presented with its trophy by TV star Gaynor Faye at the Great Yorkshire Show.

And, pub owners Timothy Taylor's are also celebrating after winning a top prize with its Boltmaker bitter at the Great British Beer Festival held at Olympia.

Head brewer Peter Eells said: “This is really fantastic news and hopefully beer lovers across the country will now be able to appreciate its superb taste.

“This is also brilliant news for our managing director, Charles Dent, who retires at the end of the year - so he’s going out on a high!”

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