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A SOUTHSEA pub has won a top award for the third year in a row.

The Hole in The Wall, in Great Southsea Street, Southsea, has picked up the 2014 Portsmouth and south-east Hampshire pub of the year prize.

The award comes in the a form of a trophy and is presented each year by the local branch of the Campaign for Real Ale.

As well as winning the title for the third year on the trot, the pub also won it back in 2007 and 20009.

Jon McKerracher, the pub’s landlord, said he was amazed by the result since there are lots of other great pubs in the area.

‘I am absolutely amazed by it,’ he said.

‘There are so many good pubs in Portsmouth now.

We have got places like The Belle Isle, the Brewhouse and Kitchen and The Leopold Tavern.

‘I think our success is down to serving quality beers at quality prices.

‘As a free house we have got flexibility.

‘We have also made a little bottle shop in the pub offering different beers to take away so people can drink at home.

‘It’s little things like that can keep us a step ahead of our opposition.

‘This year we just want to keep on doing what we do.

‘It’s just a case of keeping people interested.’

An event will now be held where Camra members will take the trophy the pub currently has away and re-design it so that it includes their 2014 win, before giving it back.

The occasion normally sees the group going on a pub crawl before ending up back at the winning pub.