THE Isis is Sunderland’s best boozer at the first time of asking.
The Silksworth Row venue has been voted Pub of the Year by the 400 members of the Campaign for Real Ale’s (Camra) Sunderland and South Tyneside Branch – just 18 months after opening.
“This is the first time we have been in the running, so we are all really pleased,” said assistant manager Katie Lamb.
“It’s not often a pub wins this kind of award at the first time of asking – we’re really chuffed.”
The Isis won this year’s award by a record margin, ahead of the Steamboat in South Shields.
Another Sunderland pub, Fitzgerald’s in Green Terrace, claimed third place.
The first pub in Sunderland owned by the Jarrow Brewery, The Isis reopened in October 2011 after a major refurbishment that restored it to its Victorian splendour, a fact Katie believes is a major part of the pub’s success.
“There’s no jukebox, no bandits and no karaoke,” she said.
Camra branch chairman Michael Wynne said: “‘The Isis is a worthy winner of our top award and has had a major impact on the local real ale scene in its short life.
“The pub has been the driving force behind a real ale renaissance in the city.
“It is unusual for a pub to win on its first attempt and by such a large margin.”
The Isis now goes through to the final of Camra’s national Pub of the Year competition.