A brewery is embarking on a major expansion project as staff and regulars at a Kirkstall Brewery pub celebrate a double success.

The Kirkstall Bridge Inn – which was relaunched as Kirkstall Brewery’s first pub just 18 months ago – has been named as the Leeds Campaign for Real Ale’s pub of the year for the second year running.

The honour comes as the Kirkstall Road-based brewery, which opened three years ago, starts converting a nearby former milk distribution centre.

Mike Hampshire, the chairman of Leeds Camra, said: “It is a real traditional pub. The architecture is fantastic and it has got a historical feel to it.”

“The staff are really welcoming and all round it’s a great pub.”

The new brewery site, which will create up to 10 new jobs when it starts operating by the end of the year, will allow the production of eight times more than the current 17,000 pints a week.

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