Southsea pub up for top award

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A SOUTHSEA pub has been short-listed for a regional award by the Campaign For Real Ale (Camra).

The Hole in The Wall, in Great Southsea Street, Southsea, has been nominated for Wessex pub of the year after it was voted this year’s Portsmouth and South East Hampshire pub of the year by Camra volunteers.

A panel of judges from Camra will now decide if the pub is worthy of beating nine other pubs from Hampshire, Dorset, Surrey, the Isle of Wight, Wiltshire and Somerset to the prize in September.

If the pub is chosen then it will compete in Camra’s national pub of the year category early next year.

Jonathan McKerracher, who runs the pub with his wife Kerry, said: ‘It’s been a fantastic year.

‘I think the success has come down to us serving more real ales.’