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CAMRA Lunesdale

Top award for “irresistible” pub

Photo shows CAMRA chair Anne Stewardson (left) presenting the award to Palatine manager Sarah Connolly, watched by Ben Johnson and Sarah Glyn-Jones. (Not in picture: Linda Jukes)

A local that has been open for less than six months has been named Pub of the Season (Spring) by the local branch of The Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA). The Palatine, on Morecambe’s sea front, won the award for the variety and quality of its real ales, as well as its friendly, comfortable atmosphere.

Presenting the certificate, Lunesdale CAMRA chair Anne Stewardson, said the beer in The Palatine was “always in excellent condition” and added: “The superb view from the top room across Morecambe Bay is the perfect accompaniment to the perfect pint.”

She went on to pay tribute to the management and staff for quickly attracting a core of regulars and for creating a “warm, welcoming atmosphere that makes this place irresistible. You call in ‘just for one’ and end up running for the last train home.”

Accepting the framed certificate, manager Sarah Connolly, said: “I’m happy and excited to have this award. It’s a tribute to our fantastic customers and staff and to the wonderful support we’ve received from the local community.”

The Palatine, which was extensively refurbished prior to its opening late last year, is the latest acquisition of the pub company C2i, owners of The Sun in Lancaster and Lancaster Brewery. There are four Lancaster beers permanently available on the bar, plus four guest ales.