A weekend of celebrations was held at a thriving Padiham pub that has won a coveted award.
Beer lovers group the Campaign for Real Ale voted the Hare and Hounds as the Burnley area Pub of the Year.
News of the award was announced on New Year’s Eve and last weekend the pub was officially presented with its certificate that is sure to take pride of place in the West Street hostelry. A mini beer festival was held at the pub which prides itself on being a “traditional boozer” offering six brands of cask ales sourced locally from places like Worsthorne Brewery and Bowland Brewery.
The pub is run by Stefan and Laura Riley for owners, Huddersfield based EM Inns, and they have seen the pub go from strength to strength after throwing themselves into its refurbishment. Matthew Evans of EM Inns said: “This award is testimony to the graft and passion that Stefan and Laura have put into the pub. They have turned its fortunes around.’’
Last year the pub hosted the town’s first ever beer festival which was a huge success.
With a traditional layout of three small rooms, a piano has been installed for popular sing-a-longs and the Hare and Hounds has become a meeting place for several groups and also has a two darts teams and a quiz team.
The beer garden is also to be extended.