Now and again our branch members put forward a nomination for a special award outside our usual pub and beer awards to recognise people or businesses that have contributed towards the good pub and beer scene in our area.
The latest of these awards presented (after a little delay!) was to Nigel Williams, who retired from the pub trade as licencee of the Ranmoor Inn. Previously he ran a group of iconic Sheffield pubs including the Three Tuns, White Lion and others under the ‘Just William’ pub company, all of which were successful real ale pubs under his watch. During this time he also headed the Licenced Victuallers Association in our area, an organisation designed to represent the interests of self employed licencees.
Previous to Just William, Nigel has worked for breweries and pub companies as area manager.
Following retirement from the pub trade, Nigel hasn’t simply hung up his handpump and enjoyed well deserved rest, he is now involved with the Sheffield Brewery Company and has been very instrumental in getting their programme of special events going and we caught up with him at their May Beer Club to present the certificate.
This proved easier said than done! The event was incredibly popular, beer club is now on the same time as the Peddlers Night Market across the road which also attracts a crowd to the area and Nigel was helping out behind the bar which was coping with rather a large queue. However we did manage to grab him for a couple of minutes for a photograph of him receiving the certificate from Beer Matters editor Andy Cullen.
Incidentally, if you enjoy Sheffield Brewery beer, we’d reccommend their Beer Club, which takes place the first Friday of the month, featuring their latest monthly special as well as some of their regular beers plus food and live music. You can also meet the brewery team and ask any questions about their beer. Beer Club membership is available to buy, which gets you discounted prices at the bar as well as other benefits, however the event is open to all.