Bradford CAMRA has chosen its Pub of the Year for 2017, and the award goes to the Record Cafe Bar, situated on North Parade

Here we see owner Keith Wildman warming up a beer while our Campaigns Officer, Kerr Kennedy, asks everyone to swear allegiance to real ale. Being a bit Scottish, Kerr must have been misunderstood as most of those in the pub rushed to the bar to order the beer they thought he was buying for them. Easy done.

Keith is here with his regular staff members, but not his barber, as he cradles his new plague. You will note that one member of staff has been assigned door duty to prevent an escape attempt by Kerr. North Parade is seen as a quite remarkable place for drinking and fun. See Dave Whitaker’s piece in the previous issue for evidence of that. The Record Cafe is not the first POTY on this street: the Sparrow got there first. However, there is so much to commend the Record Cafe, whether you want to buy vinyl and ham with your beer or not. It doesn’t shout at you from the outside; it’s measured in its tone on the inside; it’s a Goldilocks pub. It suits many people and several tastes.

And that’s not just the Jamon Iberico.

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