The Duke of York has been declared local Pub of the Year for the second year running by members of the Salisbury & South Wilts branch of the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA).
The pub in York Road, Salisbury has seven hand pumps and the range and quality of its real ales together with its atmosphere and community focus won the support of CAMRA members.
Manager Paul Cooper and landlord Jonty Newbery were presented with the 2023 Pub of the Year winner’s certificate by Ian Turner, chairman of the Salisbury & South Wilts branch of CAMRA, at a gathering of pub regulars and CAMRA members.
It won the award for the first time in 2022 and this year the CAMRA branch saw no reason to change its verdict.
“The quality of the beer at the Duke of York is outstanding,” said Ian Turner as he presented the award. “It has seven hand pumps, and you know that all seven will provide you with excellent quality ale. So you can be certain that you have found a great pub. My congratulations to Paul, Jonty and the rest of the Duke of York team who have made the pub a real ale destination and a wonderful community pub.”Jonty Newbery said: “I would like to thank CAMRA, all our staff and also our customers for supporting us. The team at the Duke of York works very hard to make it an excellent pub and serving top quality real ale is very much part of that.”
The pub dates from Edwardian times and was originally built for Folliott’s, a Salisbury brewery. Ushers of Trowbridge took over in 1919. The Ushers name is still on the pub sign along with the white rose, the heraldic badge of the royal house of York.