A Blackpool club has been voted the best this side of the Pennines for beer.
Real ale organisation CAMRA has chosen Blackpool Cricket Club as the best club in its West Pennines region.
And it means the club has taken another step forward in its bid to be recognised as the best real-ale club in Britain.
Having already won awards at local and county level, the club has seen off competition from Cumbria and the Isle of Man to be crowned CAMRA’s West Pennines Regional Club of the Year.
The award was presented on a busy night in the club by West Pennines Regional Club Co-ordinator Ray Jackson, who said that the range and quality of real ale on offer fully justified the club’s success.
Accepting the award, outgoing licensee Pete Campbell paid tribute to the hard work of both his successor Paul Lomax and club chairman Dave Creswell.
He also thanked both the Cricket Club’s members and CAMRA members for “turning the club’s fortunes around and putting it in the healthy place it is in today.”
The club has collected a host of awards for its beers and in July it was crowned the best in Lancashire after previously winning the club title in 2013.
Pete Campbell said of that win: “A few years ago, we were having to appeal for donations from members just to keep the club going.
“Selling real ale has helped to turn the club’s fortunes around and I thank CAMRA members for playing their part in that.”
The Cricket Club bar serves an ever-changing roster of well-kept real ales.
In 2014 the clubhouse was refurbished including a revamp of the bar which was completed by the team in just three weeks, and reopened on March 1.
CAMRA members are welcome to drink in the Club on production of a valid CAMRA membership card.
The club now moves on to compete for the title of National Club of the Year.