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CAMRA Lunesdale

Summer Pub of the Year September 2007

Branch vice-chairman Anne Stewardson presents the certificate to licensee Jane Carter watched by Dave Johnston (second left), pub regulars and CAMRA members

The Woodlands at Silverdale has been named Summer Pub of the Year by the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA). Described by Lunesdale Branch as “a hidden gem” the pub has been given the award in recognition of the variety and quality of its beers.

A framed certificate was presented on the 8th September to partners Jane Carter and Dave Johnston who run the pub and have been responsible for building its popularity over the past five years. Regulars and visiting CAMRA members joined in congratulating the pair. “I'm ecstatic about being given this award,” said Jane, who lays on a regularly changing selection of four real ales, many from local breweries.

“People have said the bar at The Woodlands resembles a mini beer festival! But as well as good ale we aim to provide a friendly atmosphere for locals and visitors alike.”

Speaking for CAMRA, Julian Holt said that the secluded pub was easily missed by those who didn't know the area . “But once you find it you're hooked and just have to come back. It's uniquely warm and welcoming.” He said a combination of the building's unusual architectural features, the spectacular views and well-kept beers, made the pub “a must” to visit.

Jane and Dave's hard work has been recognised by The Woodlands’ inclusion in CAMRA's prestigious Good Beer Guide 2008, which lists the best pubs in Britain.