A riverside pub has been voted the best of its kind in Britain.
The Cartford Inn at Little Eccleston won the title of best inn in the Great British Pub Awards.
The Cartford Lane gastro-pub was praised for the quality of its food, its bedrooms and its styling, beating five rivals from across the country to the title.
TV comedienne Katherine Ryan, star of Mock the Week, 8 out of 10 Cats and QI presented the awards at the Hilton in Park Lane, London.
The inn on the banks of the River Wyre has been run by Patrick and Julie Beaume since 2007.
It has 15 bedrooms, a restaurant and shop with a delicatessen.
It is not the first award the pub has won. Last November it won the tourism pub award in the Lancashire Tourism Awards, it was also named as pne pf the best 30 places to work in Britain in the Catey’s awards in 2014 and in 2013 it was in the top 50 best in an industry poll compiled by pub trade magazine the Publican’s Morning Advertiser.
Patrick formerly ran Jacks in St Annes in the 1990s before moving to Ribby Hall Village and then buying the Cartford Inn.
The judges said: “Owners Patrick and Julie are dedicated to running every aspect of this impressive, traditional inn with precise detail and premium, luxury offerings.
“Even the car park is one of the best you will find in the pub industry.
“The menu has starred in the Top 50 Gastropubs - and it’s not hard to see why.
“Perfectly cooked fish, locally sourced meat and incredible calamari grace the menu alongside more on-trend fare produced from smoking meats. The accommodation is comfortable and warm, in the ways of a traditional inn, but with the luxury, premium element expected from a high-class hotel.”
A spokesman for the Cartford Inn team said they were delighted with the honour.
He said: “The award recognises the overall high standards of our offering, notably our luxury, boutique accommodation and outstanding food and drink.
“It also reflects our high standards of service, the pub environment and the overall visitor experience.
“The awards were a great evening for Lancashire as The Freemason’s in Wiswell also took the title of Best Food Pub.
“This combined recognition is contributing to Lancashire’s burgeoning reputation as destination for food lovers from across the UK.”
The Bull at Ditchling in East Sussex won the overall title of Great British Pub of the Year.