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THE WINNER: Shakespeares, Sheffield. Picture: BFH

During a dull day at work a few weeks ago, a bombshell of an email landed.
It was so astounding that I had to re-read it to make sure the calendar wasn't stuck on April 1.
A Bloke from Hull informed me that a pub, which had lain dormant until only 22 months ago, had done what no other had achieved in 10 years.
Shakespeares Ale and Cider Househad dethroned The Kelham Island Tavern as Sheffield Camra's pub of the year.
The Gibraltar Street ale house had broken its illustrious neighbour's nine-year streak.
Don't get me wrong, this was a well-deserved award for a lovely pub and a top addition to the Valley of Beer.
But in my relatively short-time drinking real ale (2005), the engraver has never put another name on a trophy, which signifies not only the best pub in the Steel City but one of the best in the land.
Sheffielders don't realise how lucky they are - three top pubs yards apart, with The Fat Cat making up the beery trinity.
The pub award has inspired me to revisit all of the Kelham area. And some of the research was done on glorious Bank Holiday Monday in the new champ's and outgoing king's beer gardens.
But to avoid writing an essay, I'll just keep it to a few lines here and look at the trio and others in more depth in future posts.
It's enough for me to say congratulations to the knowledgeable team at Shakespeares on their win.
The bard's pub is a great place to drink good beer, have a chat, read the paper, listen to a band or play darts. It's got it all.
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