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York pub wins Best Cask Beer Pub at Great British Pub Awards
YORK real ale pub, The York Tap, has been name Best Cask Beer Pub in the Great British Pub Awards 2012.
The York Tap had already been chosen as the Best Cask Beer Pub in Yorkshire, North East and Scotland region and beat off the challenge of other regional winners to win the national title at an awards dinner at the Hilton Hotel, Park Lane London.
The awards, organised by leading pub industry magazine, the Publican’s Morning Advertiser, are recognised as the Oscars of the pub world.
The York Tap, based at York Railway Station, was converted from a derelict Grade II-listed tearoom and opened last November.
Jamie Hawksworth, managing director of Pivovar, which owns the York Tap, said the award was a particular success considering the pub had not yet been open a year.
He said: "It takes a certain kind of bravery to load a bar with that much beer when you don't know who your customer is. The last time that building served drinks was in 1910 so any previous customers were long gone.
"We also had to put a team in from scratch, getting them to work together and buy into what we're trying to achieve. So to win the award is really reassuring that we've done it.
"York's beer scene is so vibrant at the moment, it's great to be part of that," he said.
The York Tap is also nominated for Best Restoration in the National Railway Heritage Awards, which will take place in December.
Rob Willock, editor of the Publican’s Morning Advertiser, said: “The pub serves an astonishing 20 cask ales, all sourced direct from independent brewers, many of them small up-and-coming northern craft brewers, some of which produce special ales exclusively for the pub."