Couple receive CAMRA honour

Alison and Ian Blayklock of the Brewery & Tap celebrate their CAMRA award.

Alison and Ian Blayklock of the Brewery & Tap celebrate their CAMRA award.

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A husband and wife partnership is celebrating after being named the Campaign For Real Ale’s Pub of the Season for spring 2015.

Ian and Alison Blaylock, have been running their Doncaster Brewery and Tap pub for only 12 months and said they were amazed at the accolade they received from CAMRA.

The couple, who mainly sell their own brews and brew their beers in a micro brewery at the back of their venue in Young Street, Doncaster town centre, said the award was given for the way they keep their ales and how they taste.

Ian, 45, added: “It’s fantastic to receive this award. It’s totally unexpected as we only opened on January 8 last year and it’s unusual for relatively new pubs like ours to be given such an accolade.”

“We are a real drinkers’ pub and people can come here without the distractions of televisions or gaming machines. I suppose this went towards us getting the award, as did the fact that even when we stock guest beers from other brewers such as those from Great Heck Brewery, Shiny Brewery in Derby and Geeves Brewery in Barnsley. We keep the brews really well.”

Currently the beers on the premises include a fennel infused drink, Power Loom, Belgian style winter ale, Town Field and Copley ale – all kept to the Brewery and Tap’s high standards.

Alison, 46, added: “We are really pleased at winning this award, which reflects the hard work we have put into the business over the past year.

“Because there are no distractions such as television people can come in and just join in any conversation, which creates a really friendly atmosphere.”