Pub of the Year
This year’s Barnsley CAMRA Pub of the year award has been awarded to The Arcade Alehouse. Situated in the pretty Victorian Arcade, Barnsley the Alehouse is an ideal stopping point whilst out shopping or just in and around town. This micro pub is one of Barnsley’s newest real ale outlets. Since opening last year the Arcade Alehouse has gained lots of high praise amongst cask ale enthusiasts. In its first year the pub won Pub of The Season.
The pub is run by James and Sue Taylor and the manager Laura and staff. Laura has brought a wealth of knowledge and experience in keeping real ale which is the main focus of the pub.
The idea behind the Arcade Alehouse micro pub was originally conceived as a show case for Two Roses Brewery beer alongside real ales from other micro-breweries. After looking round Barnsley for suitable premises, it was decided that a former cake decorating shop in the Victorian Arcade was the ideal location for towns first micro pub.
Not long after the work to convert the shop into a micro pub began James became seriously ill and was admitted to hospital. The project nearly came to a standstill but the family with the help of friends managed to continue with the plans that were in place and the Arcade Alehouse opened a couple of months later than planned on July 15th 2016.
In line with the micro pub definition it is ‘a small free house which listens to its customers, mainly serves cask ales, promotes conversation, shuns all forms of electronic entertainment and dabbles in traditional pub snacks’. It is open Thursday to Sunday but it has also proved popular with football supporters on mid-week match nights. The pub also hosts a regular Acoustic music session featuring local artists.The Arcade Alehouse has 6 hand pumps serving a continuous variety of cask ales alongside 3 to 4 real ciders, 2 craft lagers and a fruit beer, wine, prosecco and soft drinks.
Cider Pub of the Year
Since opening in July last year the Arcade Alehouse, Victoria Arcade, Barnsley has been a welcome addition to the Barnsley real ale and cider scene. They have shown a dedication to real cider and perry from the outset with ciders sourced from local, traditional West Country, Welsh and even Irish producers. The four regular changing ciders offer a wide variety of styles so there's usually something to suit all tastes.
This year marked the first time in Barnsley when picking the Cider Pub of the Year has been a REALLY TOUGH DECISION and it's set to be even harder next year with more real cider venues to consider, that said we feel the Arcade Alehouse truly deserves the accolade this year and we wish them all success in the future.
Andrew Hamilton - CAMRA Apple Representative