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A POPULAR pub has been presented with a trophy in recognition of its success.

The Hole in The Wall, in Great Southsea Street, Southsea, was earlier this year crowned the Portsmouth and south-east Hampshire pub of the year.

The competition is run by the local branch of the Campaign for Real Ale (Camra), in which members vote for their favourite local.

The Hole in The Wall has now won the award seven times in total, having previously won in 2007 and 2009.

And earlier this month, the pub was once again presented with its prize by Camra members.

To celebrate the occasion, supporters went on a pub crawl around Portsmouth, taking in The Eldon Arms, in Eldon Street, Southsea, Brewhouse and Kitchen, in Guildhall Walk, The Trafalgar, in Edinburgh Road, Portsmouth, and The Invincible, in Wickham Street, Portsea.

Tony Durrant has been the manager of The Hole in the Wall for the last three years.

He is employed by Jon and Kerry McKerracher, who own the freehold of the boozer.

Tony said: ‘I have got a 100 per cent record of winning the award since I’ve been here, so I’m happy with that.’

Asked what he thinks makes the pub a success, he said: ‘It’s just the great beer mainly, and the friendly atmosphere.

‘It’s also thanks to the locals, we have got a great bunch of regulars who come here.’

The Leopold Tavern in Albert Road, Southsea, came second this year, and The Junction Tavern in Leesland Road, Gosport, was third.