Which is Burnley & Padiham’s best bar?

Alison Leigh and Paul Miller from the Crooked Billet celebrate being voted the best bar in Burnley.

Alison Leigh and Paul Miller from the Crooked Billet celebrate being voted the best bar in Burnley.

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Pubs across the town are set to battle it out for the title of Burnley’s Best Bar over the coming months, as the Express prepares to relaunch the illustrious competition.

Last year’s winner was the Crooked Billet in Worsthorne, a village pub that is at the heart of its community which is owned by Alison Leigh and her husband Paul Miller.

Since winning the title of Burnley’s Best Bar the pair have said there has been an increase in punters.

Alison said: “We have won numerous awards over the years but winning Burnley’s Best Bar award has definitely attracted new customers to our pub over the last 8 months.”

The pair have owned the bar for three and half years and during that time have worked tirelessly to transform the place after buying it from the brewery in March 2012.

When they received the pub it was run down and had very little clientele but it is now a thriving freehouse country pub serving seven cask ales, five lagers, and many other draught products.

Alison has lived in Worsthorne since she was a teenager and has seen many licensees come and go. She’s also been helping out behind the bar since she was 17.

“There’s always a lot going on at the Crooked Billet,” continued Alison.

“On Wednesday’s at 9pm we have quiz night, a mountain bike club meet here every Tuesday, as well as our own dominoes team too.

“Folk night is every second Thursday of the month and we also host Soul and Motown nights, 80’s nights and various meal nights each month.

“On matchdays we advertise pie and peas and a minibus return to Turf Moor for £5 which is very popular with customers, some of which travel as far as Hebden Bridge and Clitheroe to take advantage of this service.

“We also have a wonderful beer garden outside which proves popular over the summer months.”