AT a time when many pubs are struggling one Huddersfield pub has just bagged two top awards.
The Star Inn at Folly Hall has been named Huddersfield district’s Pub of the Season and Mild Pub of the Year by local members of the Campaign for Real Ale and other ale drinkers.
Staff at the Albert Street pub say the awards acknowledge the hard work of the team.
Manager Sam Watt said: “I’m absolutely delighted by it.
“It’s not just getting the awards that means a lot, it’s getting the backing of our customers time and time again; they have made the pub what it is.
“The pub of the season award can only be won once every two years and we seem to win it every two years, so it shows that we are maintaining a high level.
“The other award comes from customers, which is important as it shows us they like what we are doing.”
Sam was presented with the two awards at last weekend’s Summer Beer Festival, which attracts hundreds of ale lovers from around the country.
They had more than 70 different ales on sale and every one of them sold out during the festival.
She believes the secret of success is to keep the quality high and offer a variety of ales.
Sam added: “The beer and the atmosphere is what makes this place what it is.
“We just have to work hard to keep providing that for them.”
The Star Inn was named Huddersfield Camra’s Spring Pub of the Season 2008 and was nominated by local members who recognised the contribution the Star makes to the promotion of real ale.
The second award was Mild Pub of the Year 2008 which was voted for by customers.
It is the fourth time the Star Inn has won the title since 2002.
Bob Tomlinson, from the Huddersfield and District Camra group, said: “The Star Inn is one of those success stories that prove that not everything in the licensed trade is doom and gloom.
“When pubs are closing down because of the smoking ban, the increase in beer duty and rising pub rents, the Star has survived.
“By staying true to its real ale roots, it has been rewarded for it by its many accolades.”