PUB couple Peter and Sharon Herbert are celebrating being named Thwaites Brewery’s best newcomers after just 10 months behind the bar.
The dynamic duo who run the Buck Inn in Lowergate, Clitheroe, beat off stiff competition to pick up the accolade in the award-winning brewer’s Thwaites Awards for Excellence 2013.
Peter (50) and Sharon (36), who took over the pub last June, have increased profits by 80 % on the whole of sales and 30% on cask ales.
“We’re absolutely ecstatic to have won this award,” said Sharon.
“It is a reflection of all our hard work and the hard work of all our staff plus the support of our customers.”
Since taking over the Buck Inn, Peter and Sharon have revamped its interior and exterior.
They have also doubled the number of cask ales on offer.
The couple were interviewed and judged by a team from Thwaites before being named winners.
They were up against some tough competition, which included the White Hart at Sabden.
Run by Barbara and Vaughn Gordon since April 2012, the White Hart also made it through to the final in the best newcomers category.
Barbara and Vaughn reopened the pub last May following a major refurbishment.
The Thwaites Awards for Excellence 2013 ceremony was held at the Cottons Hotel, Knutsford.
As well as being presented with their trophy and certificate, best newcomers Peter and Sharon also won a VIP break and champagne.