The Blues Bar wins live music award

Tis Manager of the Blues Cafe Bar on Montpellier Parade in Harrogate, Simon Colgan.(2307027)
Tis Manager of the Blues Cafe Bar on Montpellier Parade in Harrogate, Simon Colgan.(2307027)
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ONE of Harrogate’s best-known venues has won an award at The Great British Pub Awards.

The Blues Cafe Bar on Montpellier Parade beat off the challenge of numerous pubs across the region to claim the title of Best Live Music Pub 2011 in Yorkshire and the North East in The Great British Pub Awards.

Owned by Simon and Sharon Colgan, the Blues Bar is the town’s only seven-nights-a-week live venue.

Despite its small size, it regularly presents renowned acts from the national music circuit, as well as giving opportunities to a host of local musicians.

The awards, organised by leading pub industry magazine, the Publican’s Morning Advertiser, are recognised as the Oscars of the pub world.

Independent judges visited all the competing pubs to assess them.

The Publican’s Morning Advertiser Editor Paul Charity said: “The award recognises the pub that has used a varied range of live music as the core of its business success and development. What The Blues Cafe offers its customers is fantastic.”

The Blues Cafe will now go forward to the Great British Pub Awards final, held at the Hilton Hotel in London’s Park Lane on September 8 and hosted by Rory Bremner.

It will go head to head with five other regional winners for the UK title Best Live Music Pub 2011 and also have the opportunity to compete for the overall title of Great British Pub of the Year.

More information at www.greatbritishpubawards.co.uk