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Published on February 7, 2018 | by Alastair Gilmour

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Mouse Poty trained in record time

A pub that has barely been open a full year has just won the prestigious Tyneside Pub of the Year (PotY) award. The Town Mouse micropub on St Mary’s Place in Newcastle came top in a poll of local Campaign For Real Ale (Camra) members, despite stiff competition from other outstanding real ale pubs.

It is the first time in the Tyneside & Northumberland branch’s history that a brand-new venue has won the top award – and it may be a first nationally for Camra. It is also a tremendous achievement for Town Mouse landlord Jon Sibley who was completely new to the pub trade before last February after deciding on a career move to follow his passion for beer.

The overall Northumberland Pub of the Year is also a micropub – The Curfew in Berwick upon Tweed. It is also the winner of the North Northumberland PotY and North Northumberland Cider PotY, so it’s quite a coup for the Bridge Street team led by David and Gemma Cook.

Yet another micropub, The Office in Morpeth, took the South East Northumberland award plus Northumberland Cider PotY. The Office was last year’s Northumberland PotY and progressed through to the North East Regional stage of the national competition.

The South West Northumberland PotY, which covers the Tyne Valley, is The Tanners in Hexham, which was also awarded South West Northumberland Cider PotY.

Tyneside Cider PotY is the renowned Free Trade Inn in Byker, Newcastle, while Tyneside Club of the Year is Heaton Stannington Football Club (and it’s great to see it back among the winners). Northumberland Club of the Year is once more The Comrades Club, Haltwhistle. The club’s stewards, Walter and Carol Eals, hung up their bar towels last month after almost 40 years’ service, having handed the reins to their niece Laura Eals.

The Tyneside & Northumberland Camra branch has more than 2,000 members, and is one of the largest in the country.


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