A POPULAR Southsea pub will be crowned the best when a group of real ale lovers present its owners with a trophy this weekend.
Volunteers from The Campaign For Real Ale (Camra) named The Hole in The Wall, in Great Southsea Street, it Portsmouth and south-east Hampshire 2012 pub of the year because of its quality real ales. It also won in 2007 and 2009
On Sunday Camra will remove the Jim Fox Memorial Trophy from The Leopold Tavern, in Albert Road, Southsea – which won the award in 2010 and 2011 – and take it on a pub crawl before handing it over to The Hole in The Wall at 6pm.
As part of the occasion landlord Jonathan McKerracher, 42, who runs The Hole in The Wall with his wife Kerry, 39, will hold a buffet and make a speech.
He said: ‘We’re really proud to have won this award for a third time. We pride ourselves on our range of real ales and fantastic customers.’