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CAMRA Lunesdale

Royal occasion

Joanne Smith (left) receiving the Quality Pub Award from CAMRA's Jenny Greenhalgh. Photo: Tom Sherlock

Heysham pub wins top award

An inn at the heart of picturesque and historic Heysham village has been recognised for its excellence by the local branch of the nation’s biggest consumer organisation. Lunesdale branch of the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) has made its Quality Pub of the Year award to the Royal Hotel for its beer quality and range, friendly, efficient service and general ambience.

The changing choice of up to six real ales has created a loyal following of locals who have made this a popular venue for cask ale enthusiasts. A list displays not only current beers and their strengths but the ones coming next. “Try before you buy, or ask the staff what an ale tastes and looks like, and you will get a ready response,” said CAMRA Chair Jenny Greenhalgh, presenting the award.

Accepting the framed certificate, Manager Joanne Smith paid special tribute to her staff team, in particular Assistant Manager Paul Harris and Head Chef Peter Diver. “It’s because of their hard work and their pride and belief in the Royal that this award has been achievable,” she said.

Local CAMRA members, whose votes decide which pub is selected for the Quality gong, also commented favourably on the attractive dining area, the preserved snug with its own bar, the food and the pub garden.

Story: Jenny Greenhalgh; Photo: Tom Sherlock