PRIZE-WINNING licensee Sonia Scott has plenty to celebrate again at her Eastergate pub.
The Wilkes Head has been named by real ale fans among their top 150 pubs in the UK.
The accolade from CAMRA comes after the hostelry won the organisation’s pub of the year award last year.
Sonia said: “It’s an honour to win again and it’s a case of keeping up the good work and keeping our customers satisfied.
“It’s hard work but it is enjoyable. It’s all about having a nice product and an array of ales.
“That’s the key to our success. Sometimes, we have up to six different ales on tap.”
She runs the Church Lane pub with her daughter, Nina Scott, and cellar manager Trevor Brown. The pub is set to move forward to the 2013 CAMRA regional pub competition.
Chief executive Mike Benner said: “These winning pubs have been voted the best in their local areas by the local CAMRA members and are examples of the kind of well-run and valued community pubs we hope to see more of throughout the UK.”
The Wilkes Head opened in 1803 and is a Grade II listed building.