Doncaster boozer named CAMRA pub of the season

Manager of the Glasshouse in Kirk Sandal, Martin Gregory.
Manager of the Glasshouse in Kirk Sandal, Martin Gregory.

Proud staff at the Glasshouse pub in Kirk Sandal are celebrating after it was named the Pub of the Season for Autumn by CAMRA.

The Campaign for Real Ale will present a plaque in recognition of the achievement at a special ceremony on October 23 at the Doncaster Road hostelry. Its manager, Martin Gregory, said he was surprised but grateful for the honour.

He added: “It’s a brilliant feeling to receive this award. We have received this for the great way we keep our real ales. We always have at least four real ales on tap that rotate on a regular basis.

“This is the first time we have won such an award. We introduced real ales to the pub about three years ago, after trying unsuccessfully to introduce them a few years before that. This time around they have proved to be really popular and it’s great.”

The pub was once famous for its glass bar and murals, hence the name, and has been a hotel or pub since 1934. Among the celebrities that have graced the pub is actor Charles Laughton who visited once to see its unusual features.

Martin said the credit for receiving the award is due to his assistant and real ale keeper, Paul Halliwell. He said when he first took over seven years ago the pub only kept keg beer, but with help from Paul the real ales were brought in and they have taken off.

At the free house real ales are normally £2.25 a pint giving the pub a small profit. At the moment the ales on offer include Old Mill, Theakston and Charles Wells breweries beers. There is Theakston Old Peculiar, Robinson’s Trooper, Brains’ Le Peloton and also Doncaster Brewery’s Sandhouse Blonde.