Dave takes a bow...

Dave Wright at the award-winning Market pub.
Dave Wright at the award-winning Market pub.

...then bows out after 10 top years at the Market

A POPULAR village inn has been named Barnsley’s Pub of the Year – on the week the landlord told customers he is leaving after 10 years in charge.

The Barnsley branch of the Campaign For Real Ale (CAMRA) presented Dave Wright with the award at the Market pub in Elsecar on Friday.

The award was presented just days after Dave announced he was leaving for health reasons, after a decade behind the bar.

He said: “The job involves a lot of walking up and down the stairs to change the beers.

“I injured my leg, years ago when I was a steelworker, and the strain of it has been too much.

“So I’ve finished – but I will still pop in.”

On winning the award, he added: “This is great news for the pub and the village.

“I’d like to give thanks to my bar staff for all their hard work. Our real ale sales at the moment are awesome, especially the darker beers.

“We’re getting visitors from across the country all coming due to our reputation for great real ale.”

Under Dave’s tenure, the pub has been named Barnsley CAMRA’s Pub of the Season and Pub of the Year four times each.

CAMRA judges praised the pub for having “fantastic cask ales, all at great value”.

Branch pubs and clubs officer, Phil Gregg, said: “The Market is a traditional, community pub that has remained untouched from modern refurbishment... something of a rarity these days”.

Cask ales at the Market are sourced from local and national microbreweries. The pub gives strong support to Yorkshire micros such as Acorn, Wentworth, Two Roses and Glentworth.

“At The Market you are always sure of a warm welcome and a great pint!”

The pub is also known for supporting local charities.

Earlier this year the venue hosted a Laurel & Hardy evening which raised more than £1,000 for the Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice Appeal.