Clitheroe pubs triumph in excellence awards

AWARD WINNERS: Sarah Harbord and Nigel Riley of the Rose and Crown and Louise and Gary Clough of the Inn at the Station. (s)

AWARD WINNERS: Sarah Harbord and Nigel Riley of the Rose and Crown and Louise and Gary Clough of the Inn at the Station. (s)

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Two Clitheroe pubs have scooped a top accolade at the Thwaites Awards for Excellence 2011.

The Rose and Crown won the Best Turnaround Award for its business success and The Inn at The Station picked up the Best Pint Award in recognition of its quality cask ales and superb beer cellar.

The pubs were presented with their awards at an awards ceremony held at the Cottons Hotel in Knutsford.

Both pubs beat off tough competition from other finalists in their award categories and were praised very highly by the judges for their commitment, passion and dedication to delivering excellence and unrivalled quality for customers.

The Rose and Crown is run by licensees Nigel Riley and Sarah Harbord and a team of seven. They took over the pub in January 2010 and through hard work and determination have transformed it into a popular and busy establishment with 12 ensuite rooms.

Gary and Louise Clough took over the Inn at the Station in early 2010 and already have a dedicated and loyal team of 25. They were also short listed for the Best Customer Service Award and take great pride in ensuring that quality and standards are always exceeded at the pub.

Licensee Nigel Riley, of The Rose and Crown, said of the honour: “We’re absolutely thrilled to win especially against such strong competition. We’ve worked hard to transform the business here at the Rose and Crown and this award is in recognition of the hard work and efforts of all the team.”

Licensee Louise Clough, of The Inn at the Station, said: “To be short listed for two awards and to win one is a fantastic achievement and we are all very proud. To receive such recognition from Thwaites makes it all worthwhile and our team will be elated with the win.”

Andrew Buchanan, Director of Pub Operations, at Thwaites said: “It’s great news that two pubs in Clitheroe have done so well at this year’s awards. The team at The Rose and Crown have done a superb job in transforming what was a struggling business into a thriving central pub and it’s just the kind of success that we are keen to encourage. Nigel and Sarah are well deserved winners of the Thwaites Awards for Excellence Best Turnaround.

“And well done to The Inn at the Station. Thwaites is famous for its great ales and we know that a lot of that success is down to the hard work of the licensees in keeping the ale in great condition and pouring and serving with care. Gary and Louise take a real pride in their pint and it really shows and thoroughly deserve the Best Pint Award.”

Both pubs were presented with an engraved glass trophy and certificate together with an all expenses paid trip to Portugal.