A VILLAGE pub in the Ribble Vally has finished runner-up in a national Pub of the Year competition.
The Swan With Two Necks, Pendleton, missed out on the title to The Bridge End Inn at Ruabon, near Wrexham, in the competition run by CAMRA, the Campaign for Real Ale.
But finishing as runner-up has still delighted Steve and Christine Dilworth, licensees at The Swan With Two Necks for 25 years.
“We’ve never been in it before, so to get so far all in one year has been amazing,” said Christine. “It’s been a rollercoaster.
“We are a tiny bit disappointed not to have won it, but to get to the national final is a tremendous achievement. It’s our 25th year here so that makes it even more special. It’s not every day a little local village pub achieves this award.”
Christine said it was due in no small part to her husband Steve’s passion for serving the perfect pint of real ale, but that the award was down to a team effort from all the staff and support from the pub’s loyal customers.
“We’re delighted for ourselves, our staff and customers – it’s been a fantastic year.”
Among the regulars propping up the bar at the Pendleton hostelry is Ribble Valley MP and Deputy Speaker of the House of Commons Nigel Evans.
“I was delighted and frankly unsurprised when The Swan with Two Necks was announced as CAMRA’s regional winner for the West Pennines and am now pleased to know they have been announced national runners-up for Pub of the Year,” said Mr Evans.
“Obviously I would have liked the pub to have won, but to be the runner-up in this competition is a fantastic achievement and a real testament to just how hard they have worked to make The Swan with Two Necks such a wonderful, charming and welcoming pub.”
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