Lancashire village pub named the best in UK

The Swan with Two Necks has been crowned Camra's national pub of the year. Photo: Camra/PA Wire

A pub that is "the heart and soul" of a Lancashire village has beaten more than 57,000 other entries to be crowned Camra's national pub of the year.

The real ale campaign group said The Swan with Two Necks in Pendleton was a "wonderfully welcoming" pub in a quintessentially British setting.

Landlord Steve Dilworth has run the pub for 27 years, helped by his wife Christine and two sons.

We are the heart and soul of the village. We have a real passion for what we do and we like to look after people. We serve good, honest food, cask ale and cider - and we don't show football on TV.This is a great boost for our community. The village has a church and our pub, which we think is a hidden gem.

– Landlord Steve Dilworth

The village post office closed years ago, with its services moving to the pub for a while.Camra's pubs director Julian Hough said: "The Swan with Two Necks really is the best of the best, having beaten rival pubs at every step, in a process which starts at a local level and takes a full 12 months to complete.

"It is a wonderfully welcoming pub that serves a fantastic pint, and is popular with regulars and visiting tourists alike, in a quintessentially British, rural setting."

The home-made food here comes in portions ideal for a hungry walker. There is outdoor seating in the garden and in front of the pub, looking out onto a small stream running through the beautifully kept village. Cosy open fires blaze in winter months.

– Camra's Good Beer Guide

Beers on offer include Golden Pippin by Copper Dragon, and guest ales from micro-breweries such as Phoenix, Dark Star and Salamander.

It is the second consecutive year that a pub in Lancashire has won the accolade, following last year's success by The Baum in Rochdale.

The 16 regional finalists chosen by CAMRA were:

  • Central Southern: Nag's Head, Reading.
  • East Anglia: The Dove, Bury St Edmonds
  • East Midlands: Horse and Jockey, Stapleford.
  • Kent: The Berry, Walmer.
  • Merseyside and Cheshire: Freshfield Hotel, Formby.
  • Scotland and Northern Ireland: The Cobbles, Kelso
  • West Pennines: Swan with Two Necks, Pendleton.
  • North East: Quakerhouse, Darlington.
  • Greater Manchester: Baum, Rochdale.
  • Yorkshire: Old No. 7, Barnsley.
  • Surrey and Sussex: Surrey Oaks, Newdigate.
  • Wales: Albion Ale House, Conwy.
  • West Midlands: Seven Stars, Rugby.
  • Wessex: Trooper Inn, Caundle.
  • London: The Hop, Carsholton.
  • South West: Old Spot, Dursely.