Cheers to Scarboro’s new Pub of the Year after tough competition

North Riding Brew Pub,celebrates being Pub of the year .Landlords Karen and Stuart Neilson celebrate with Ed and customers.Pic Richard Ponter 132856a

North Riding Brew Pub,celebrates being Pub of the year .Landlords Karen and Stuart Neilson celebrate with Ed and customers.Pic Richard Ponter 132856a

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Drinkers in Scarborough are raising their glasses to toast the towns new Pub of the Year.

The North Riding beat off competition from four other watering holes around the town to take home the highly coveted title.

Hundreds of votes were cast by Scarborough News readers, with our judging panel supping the beer at the five finalists - made up of the pubs that secured the most votes.

But in the end, the North Marine Road boozer was the unanimous choice, and landlord Stuart Neilson is thrilled to have gotten the nod.

“I am absolute over the moon,” said Stuart, who, along with wife Karen, has been at the helm of the pub since Yorkshire Day in 2005.

“Running a pub isn’t an easy job. There are a lot of long hours, and it’s been reported how many pubs are struggling these days.

“But we have always managed to stay above the water, and it is great to be recognised that you are doing a good job.”

Also vying for the crown was last years winner The Golden Ball, in Sandside which won a place in the finals alongside The Tap and Spile and The Ship, both in Falsgrave Road and The Alma in Alma Parade.

But despite all the pubs offering something that caught our judges eyes, it was The North Riding that picked up top marks from our judges, who ‘ailed the selection of real ale on offer. In total, there were ten pumps serving up an eclectic range of bitters, lagers and ales - some of which are brewed at the pub itself.

And for Mr Neilson, it’s the in-house brewery that he feels helps his pub stand out in what he admits is a competitive market.

“There are a lot of pubs out there, with less and less people coming to pubs, so you have to have something different.

“We have beer brought in from all over the country - I’ve just ordered some in from London - and it’s the type of thing that helps you stand out in Scarborough.”

It’s not the first time the pub has picked up an award - it’s won the Scarborough’s CAMRA Pub of the Year no less han six times.