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Real-ale enthusiasts have raised their glasses to the Brown Cow in Keighley.

Keighley & Craven Campaign for Real Ale (Camra) has awarded the hostelry its spring Pub of the Season accolade.

The award, the latest in a line for the Cross Leeds Street pub, was due to be presented last night.

The Brown Cow has been run by Barry Smith and Carol Taylor-Smith since 2003.

They took over the pub as tenants for Timothy Taylor brewery, but now own the business and building.

Last year the couple celebrated a decade as mine hosts with a beer festival.

“The pub was entered in our 2005 Good Beer Guide and it’s been re-voted into every edition since,” said a Camra spokesman.

“It has deservedly won numerous awards and was the runner-up Camra Yorkshire Pub of the Year, having been narrowly pipped to top spot by a pub in Sheffield which went on to win that year’s national award.”