Good beer, good food and friendly staff make the best pub, says the winner of the Evening Post’s Pub of the Year award.
This year’s winner, voted for by our readers, is New Hall Tavern, on Cuerdale Lane, Samlesbury.
Ecstatic landlady, Stella Povall, said: “It was brilliant when we got the news – we were really pleased.
“There aren’t many traditional country pubs left which is what so many of the people who come in say.
“We’re a farming community but we serve great food at a decent price. People who come say they love it and that it’s a homely atmosphere.”
Stella, 38, who runs the pub with husband Rob, 46, has worked there for 26 years and says their customers are more like good friends.
“When people come in who haven’t been here for 10-15 years, I remember who they are and what they like to eat.
“The customers have been absolutely made up. When we found out we’d won, we put it on our Facebook page and the comments were all lovely.
“Everybody was rooting for us – all the customers and regulars.”
Stella says that her staff are overjoyed with the win, adding: “We’re throwing them a big Christmas party this year to celebrate.”
We asked readers to vote for their favourite pub, taking into consideration factors like decor, seating and food quality.
The winner was the New Hall Tavern, while in second place was the Hoghton Arms on Blackburn Road, Withnell, near Chorley and in third place was the Running Pump in Catforth, near Preston.