Keighley’s Brown Cow has again been named Pub of the Season by beer enthusiasts.

Keighley branch of the Campaign for Real Ale has given the accolade to the town-centre pub.

This is the first time the pub, in Cross Leeds Street, has won the award since becoming a free house.

Carol Taylor-Smith and Barry Smith have run the Brown Cow since 2003 and the pub has featured in every subsequent edition of the Good Beer Guide.

In January last year the pair bought the freehold from Keighley brewery Timothy Taylor.

Barry and Carol describe the Brown Cow as “a country pub in town” due to its leafy setting at the bottom of West Lane.

CAMRA’s Anne Berry said the description could also refer to its relaxed and friendly atmosphere, even when it was busy. She said: “The Brown Cow still offers three regular Taylor brews but now they also have four guest real ales at any one time, often including a dark mild and a strong beer.

“Another new addition is a real cider or perry from a small producer.”