ONE of the pioneers of the real ale renaissance has scooped the local CAMRA spring pub of the season award.
When popular owner and licensee Arthur Toulson decided to retire and sell Liversedge’s Black Bull in 2003, he was very particular about who he sold it to – because he wanted to still use it as his regular pub but on the customers’ side of the bar.
He sold the pub to Ossett Brewery – and it became the first of over a dozen pubs in the company’s portfolio.
Paul Dixey from CAMRA’S Heavy Woollen branch said: “The pub has always been popular and recent refurbishment has resulted in the highest standards of quality and consistency of the beers, helped by the new managers appointed last year, Claire and Rob Toulson who is following in his father’s footsteps and keeping up the family tradition at the Black Bull.”
The Bull offers six of Ossett’s own beers, as well as guest beers.
The certificate was presented by branch chairman Alan Mapplebeck.