Life’s too short to drink bad pints.
Equally, it’s far too short to wile it away in bad pubs.
Not long after Britons voted on what aspects would make up their ideal pub, John Smiths have swept in and declared exactly which pub is the very best. Which is handy.
The Great British Pub Of The Year award for 2017 has been given to the Eagle & Child in Ramsbottom, Lancashire. The ‘stunning’ pub was heralded for ‘the views, to the food, the events, the atmosphere, the beers and the staff’ by Ifeoma Dozie of John Smiths.
What’s more, it’s the pub’s social conscience that really sealed the deal, with the Eagle & Child providing local disadvantaged youths with a heap of opportunities to build skills and gain valuable work experience.
Since taking over the pub 6 years ago, landlord Glen Duckett has given over 100 young people a shot behind the scenes.
‘I’m elated by what we have done and how we push young people to make themselves as employable as possible,’ Glen says of the accolade.
‘The Eagle and Child is a great example of what can be achieved in the modern pub trade,’ Ed Bedington, editor of the awards’ organisers, the Morning Advertiser, said.
‘This is not only a first rate operation, with a great food and drink offer in stylish surroundings, this is a pub that is truly giving back to the community.’
If you fancy a trip to this posh pint-pulling premises, you can find the Eagle & Child at: 3 Whalley Rd, Ramsbottom, Bury BL0 0DL
Other winners in the Great British Pub Awards were as follows:
The Great British Pub Of The Year Awards winner 2017
Pub Garden of the Year: The Waterside Inn, Ware, Hertfordshire
Family Pub of the Year: The Eastfield Inn, Bristol
Live Entertainment Pub of the Year: Rendezvous, Weymouth, Dorset
Food Pub of the Year: The Compasses Inn, Canterbury, Kent
Partnership Pub of the Year: Eagle and Child, Ramsbottom, Lancashire
Freehouse of the Year: The Roebuck Inn, Laughton, East Sussex
Community Pub of the Year: The Chandos Arms, Colindale, London
Student Pub of the Year: Dram, Glasgow
Sports Pub of the Year: Famous Three Kings, West London
Turnaround Pub of the Year: Rumba, Macclesfield, Cheshire
That’s an awful lot of categories for the humble pub.
Suppose we’d better visit them all to see whether these awards are trustworthy.