Dewsbury pub earns CAMRA accolade

The West Riding Refreshment Rooms were presented with the 2016 runner-Up in the West Riding Heavy Woollen CAMRA Pub of the Year competition.

The West Riding Refreshment Rooms were presented with the 2016 runner-Up in the West Riding Heavy Woollen CAMRA Pub of the Year competition.

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A Dewsbury pub is celebrating after finishing as runner-up in a prestigious industry award.

The West Riding Refreshment Rooms were presented with the 2016 runner-Up in the West Riding Heavy Woollen CAMRA Pub of the Year competition.

In front of a packed pub Andy Kassube, chair of the Heavy Woollen CAMRA branch, made the presentation to manager Carole Hemming and her team.

Director Mike Field first had the idea in January 1994 to open a bar on a railway platform and the following 22 years has seen the pub win many awards for the consistent quality of the real Ales served.

Andy said: “The warm welcome you receive from the staff and the customers at this iconic Dewsbury pub make it a very popular destination both from locals and the ever popular ‘Rail Ale Trail.’

“Mike’s vision is still going strong as the Wests is now one of the leading pubs in West Yorkshire, having won the HW Pub of the Year on numerous occasions.

“This characteristic pub is packed with memorabilia, which ranges from Railway to Brewing, and provides a fascinating historic nature to the bar and its origins and traditions.

“It is difficult at times to remember that this is a Grade Two listed Victorian building but still manages to have a warm feel to its rooms.”

The pub has a good reputation for encouraging local bands and runs summer music gigs. Keep up-to-date on the pub’s Facebook page.