The Woodlands at Silverdale has been voted Pub of the Year by the local branch of The Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA). The inn had previously been given an award as Summer Pub of 2007, and has now beaten other seasonal winners in a ballot.
The pub, which has been run by Jane Carter and Dave Johnston for more than five years won the award for the quality and variety of real ale on offer, and for its welcoming, friendly atmosphere. It also offers spectacular views across Morecambe bay and has a number of remarkable architectural features.
Speaking after receiving the framed certificate, Jane Carter said; “This is an emotional moment for everyone here. I can’t find the words to express what it means to Dave and me to win this award.”
Regulars, who had turned up in some numbers to attend the presentation, along with CAMRA members, voiced their appreciation of the pub’s qualities. “The atmosphere’s fantastic,” said one, “and the beer’s always in tip top condition.”
Lunesdale CAMRA press officer Julian Holt said that The Woodlands’ appeal lay in its unique charm. “When so much these days is bland and uniform, this pub succeeds by being bold and individual. It’s a true “local” yet offers a genuinely warm welcome to visitors. Everyone speaks of the place with real affection. That, together with 4 cask ales on hand pump and now beer festivals makes The Woodlands a worthy winner of this award.&rdquo