Glasses raised to toast Fylde pubs’ success

The Taps in Lytham was selected as both winner of CAMRA's Branch Pub of the Year and a runner-up in Cider Pub of the Year for 2015.'Landlord Steve Norris holding his awards, flanked by Cider Pubs Officer Vanessa Gledhill and Branch Chairman Paul Smith.

The Taps in Lytham was selected as both winner of CAMRA's Branch Pub of the Year and a runner-up in Cider Pub of the Year for 2015.'Landlord Steve Norris holding his awards, flanked by Cider Pubs Officer Vanessa Gledhill and Branch Chairman Paul Smith.

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It’s a double measure of celebration for the landlord of a Lytham pub after it was recognised with two top honours.

The Taps in Lytham has been named as Pub of the Year by the Blackpool, Fylde and Wyre branch of the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) and came runner-up in Cider Pub of the Year for 2015.

The ever-popular Henry Street hostelry was voted the best pub out of 150 in the area by CAMRA members.

Paul Smith, chairman of the Blackpool, Fylde and Wyre branch of CAMRA, presented the awards to landlord Steve Norris.

Mr Smith said: “This is a fantastic achievement – not only to be chosen by CAMRA members as the best of the 
150 pubs in our area for the second year running, but to be recognised as our 
second-best cider pub too.”

Mr Norris said “This is a proud moment.

“There are so many good real ale pubs in our area, so to win these awards is a real honour.”

The proud landlord also paid tribute to his staff and regulars for making the achievement possible.

The Taps has an ever-changing roster of several guest ales and a cider, to go with its regular beers and 
ciders.

Having won the Branch Pub of the Year award, The Taps now moves on to compete for the Regional Pub of the Year.

Landlords and staff at other venues across the Fylde coast will be raising a toast after also being honoured by the Blackpool, Fylde and Wyre branch of CAMRA.

Members voted Blackpool Cricket Club on West Park Drive as Club of the Year while the Elk in Poulton came runner-up in the Pub of the Year.

Cider Pub of the Year went to the Number 15, St Annes, which was also a runner-up in the Pub of the Year category.

Martin Gillett, manager of the pub on St Annes Road West, said: “It’s pretty amazing. The pub is only 10 years old. To be in the same company as the likes of The Taps is really good.

“We only started doing the cider sector around nine months ago.

“We had some work done on the cellar which meant we could put a dedicated cider pump on the bar.

“We have a range from about 50 so when one runs out we get a different one.

“Over the last two years the cider sector of the trade has really shot up.

“There aren’t many pubs that serve cider through the tap.”

Mr Gillett thinks the secret to a successful pub is “service, standards and value”.

He added: “We provide an excellent service, our standards are very high and we give good value for money.”