Steamboat named best real ale pub in South Tyneside

The Steamboat's bar manager Kathleen Brain celebrates the pubs Camra success
The Steamboat's bar manager Kathleen Brain celebrates the pubs Camra success

a BAR in South Tyneside has pulled back a top title after it was championed by beer lovers.

The Steamboat in Mill Dam has been hailed as Pub of the Year by Sunderland and South Tyneside Camra.

The award means it has taken the No1 position once again, after winning four times before, with the venue put in the top three for the last seven years.

The win comes after members of the Campaign For Real Ale throughout the area voted for the pub.

Each were invited to give five points to their favourite, followed by three for their next and one to their third.

This year’s competition saw The Steamboat scoop the title with 153, followed by the Isis in Sunderland with 133 and the Alum House in Ferry Street, South Shields, take the third place with 117.

It comes after the bar was placed second last year below the Isis and above Fitzgeralds in Sunderland.

A total of 22 pubs throughout the branch area were eligible for the awards.

Kathleen Brain, who runs the Steamboat with a team of nine staff, said: “We’re all really pleased and they were all over the moon when we heard.

“Quite a few of the staff drink ale, so they know the reason why we won.

“We serve good-quality ale, and we pay a company called Cask Marque, who come in an test the quality of our beers, its clarity, the lines and the temperature its kept at to make sure we sell it how it is supposed to be.

“We also got marks for the good selection we have and we get massive support from our local breweries.

“We have the biggest range of real ale in South Shields and we have eight on at any one time and a hand-pulled cider which changes every week.

“We definitely wanted the title back.”

The bar will get a certificate to put on show by the Camra branch.

It prides itself as having one of the biggest turnouts in the voting challenge of any group in the country.

Voting is anonymous, with members invited to name up to six pubs.

Those voted the best will appear in the 2015 Camra Good Beer Guide.

This was the first year all votes were cast online, after moving from a paper ballot.

Six clubs were also in the running for Club of the Year.

A leaflet setting out an ale trail around South Shields can be found via the branch’s site at, with 18 bars and clubs and their opening times listed on the map.

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