CAMRA names Pub of the Year

The Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) has named Lancashire's The Swan with Two Necks as the best UK pub.

Set in the village of Pendleton, with green fields all around it, the pub won against 57,000 other UK pubs, gaining the title National Pub of the Year.

Earlier, it had won against local competition, gone on to a regional stage and then become one of four Pub of the Year finalists.

The full process goes on for a year and sees volunteers and judges spending many hours adjudicating.

The process sees pubs assessed on things like their service quality and atmosphere. Special focus is put on quality of real ale, perry and cider.

Yesterday (February 12th) saw the pub presented with its award on-site at an afternoon ceremony.

The runners up, who were also among the finalists in the competition, were Carshalton's The Hope, Stapleford's the Horse and Jockey and Dursley's The Old Spot Inn.

"We are delighted and proud to have been judged CAMRA's National Pub Of The Year. We’ve been at The Swan with Two Necks for Twenty Seven Years and think of it as our hidden gem. This is a fantastic achievement not only for ourselves but our dedicated staff – and a great boost for our community," commented Swan with Two Necks landlord, Steve Dilworth.

Julian Hough, pub director at CAMRA, has commented: “The Swan with Two Necks really is the best of the best, having beaten rival pubs at every step, in a process which starts at a local level and takes a full twelve months to complete."

He said the pub was welcoming, served a great pint and that it was popular among both people visiting the area and regulars.

Judges' proclamations on the pub included that the staff were both knowledgeable and friendly, that it was a "delightful country pub" and that the quality and choice of beers was "excellent".