The Bull Inn, on New Street in Paisley, has scooped ‘Pub of the Year’ for Renfrewshire by its local CAMRA members for the second year in a row.

The accolade is based entirely on members’ votes, and with hundreds of pubs in the area, the Bull Inn has had to beat off some stiff competition.

General Manager, Tony Ferris and his team, will have their award officially presented to them in May, when the competition for ‘Pub of the Year’ in Scotland and Northern Ireland kicks off. The top pubs from each county, across the two countries, will undergo three mystery visits from CAMRA members, who will announce the overall winner later in the year.

Tony says: “It’s a great honour to be named ‘Pub of the Year’ for Renfrewshire, not once but twice, especially since this is only the second time we’ve entered the competition. We came fourth overall last year, but I think we’re ready to go all the way to number one in Scotland.

“I strongly believe that the Bull Inn stands out because of the dedicated team behind the bar. All of us are serious beer enthusiasts too, and the level of care that goes into looking after our beers, from barrel to glass, makes all the difference.”

David Cassidy, Chairman of the Renfrewshire CAMRA, said: “Feedback received during the voting process showed how impressed the branch members were with both the variety and quality of the real ales over the entire year. The wide range of breweries that they source their beer from ensures that going for a pint in the Bull is never a boring experience.

“The Bull Inn is also a National Heritage pub, due to the outstanding historical interior, making it a ‘must-visit’ for any pub goer, whether you drink real ale or not. Last year the pub made it through the judging to become one of the final four pubs in the running for Scotland and Northern Ireland Pub of The Year, hopefully this year it can go at least one step further.”

Photo: (L-R) General Manager, Tony Ferris, Area Manager, Steven Samson, and Team Leader, Gavin McEwan