Leeds pub fights back from floods to win top beer award

General manager Ian Forster at The Kirkstall Bridge Inn. Picture: James Hardisty.
General manager Ian Forster at The Kirkstall Bridge Inn. Picture: James Hardisty.
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A PUB that was left six feet under water after the devastating floods last year has scooped a top award.

The Kirkstall Bridge Inn has been named ‘Pub of the Year’ for the third year in a row by the Leeds Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) – just months after it was left with almost £30,000 worth of damage due to the floods.

The flood water swamped the pubs beer garden. Picture from @Kirkstallbridge on Twitter.

The flood water swamped the pubs beer garden. Picture from @Kirkstallbridge on Twitter.

The pub, which is nestled next to the River Aire, hit the headlines last year when two punters were pictured sitting in the beer garden with pints in their hand as the flood water rose above their waists.

Ian Forster, general manager, said: “After the floods, the pub was only closed for a few days. We smashed it with a few mops and had a lot of community support.”

He added: “It’s awesome to win this coveted award again, especially with the wealth of competition in Leeds these days.

“It’s a serious beer drinkers market out there so the competition is fierce and we have to constantly push ourselves to continue to provide the very best beer selection at the highest standards we can. Our beer is chosen by the staff, based on great beer we’ve tried or really want to try, whilst always maintaining a range of bitters, stouts, porters, big IPAs, reds and classic pale ales.

“I think this gives us a good edge, along with our pretty amazing kitchen team who put out some delectable food.”

Mike Hampshire, Leeds CAMRA chair, said: “Winning the award three years running is an immense feat, especially when faced with competition from almost 400 other real ale selling venues across the Leeds Metropolitan district.

“It’s testament to the hard work Ian and his team put in and how much the local and wider community love it.”

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