It’s official... The Ale Emporium has been named the best bar in Lancashire.
The pub in Fylde Road, Preston, has been crowned the winner of an Evening Post competition.
The popular watering hole was voted for by readers as the county’s best bar.
Readers were able to vote over a two-week period and it was the Ale Emporium which came out on top.
Peter Dewes and his partner Trish Mounsey took over the venue at the end of January last year and spent ten days revamping the site before opening its doors to the public. It had previously been called Bitter Suite.
The pair also run The Sun Hotel in Friargate.
Peter, said: “It’s excellent news. It comes on the back of us winning the Central Lancashire CAMRA pub of the year 2015, and we have just received an excellence award from the Ossett Brewery.
“Things are going really well in our first year, we’ve not even been here a year yet.
“It was definitely the right move for us.
“We had a really good Christmas and new year, the busiest we have had in our time in the licensed trade, and we have got some exciting plans for this year.
“We have our second annual beer festival at the end of September, that went down a storm last year. We had great comments about it.”
Peter, 54, added: “We have probably sold 1,000 beers now. We promote ourselves as a mini beer festival on every visit because there’s eight different beers to choose from.”
The pub now also has its own house ale, which is available all year round.
It’s called Ale Emporium 1796 and is made by the Bowland Brewery.
The runner-up in the competition was New Hall Tavern in Cuerdale Lane in Samlesbury, near Preston.