Wath Tap celebrates pub of the year prize

By Dave Doyle | 29/08/2017

Wath Tap celebrates pub of the year prize
The Wath Tap micro pub on High Street at Wath, was named 2017 Pub of the Year by the Rotherham branch of CAMRA (Campaign for Real Ale). Regional director for CAMRA Kevin Keaveny (right) handed over the award to landlord Roy Lomax and landlady Mel Swanwick. 171420

TWO publicans celebrated their pub of the year win in the most appropriate way — with a pint.

Mel Swanwick and Roy Lomax invited Rotherham CAMRA to raise a glass at the Wath Tap when the beer-loving lobby group crowned it Pub of the Year 2017.

It is the micropub’s first annual award, having previously scooped Rotherham CAMRA pub of the season in summer 2016.

Mel said: “I’m really pleased to receive the award. 

“It’s not bad, to say that we’ve only been open since last March.

“I think it’s the selection and quality of beers that has done it. We’ve got a great team here, too.

“Lots of pubs have closed in Wath and we wanted to create somewhere people could enjoy real ale again.

“We also try to buy direct from brewers and to support Yorkshire breweries.”

She added: “Pubs are a hub of the community and we wanted to bring that back to Wath.

“We also wanted to create somewhere women felt comfortable coming alone.”

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