Pub in line to be named top in UK

Jocelyn Neve of the Seafood Pub Company and her team at the Assheton Arms in Downham
Jocelyn Neve of the Seafood Pub Company and her team at the Assheton Arms in Downham
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A Ribble Valley pub has made it to the grand final of a competition to find the best hostelries in the UK.

The Assheton Arms at Downham is one of 94 chosen shortlisted to represent their region in the first ever National Pub and Bar Awards. The pubs were selected from across England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland and the Assheton Arms is representing Lancashire. It faces stiff competition from other pubs representing Cheshire, Greater Manchester. Cumbria and Merseyside who will all be vying to be named best in the region.

The awards, hosted by the Pub and Bar magazine, will take place at London’s iconic BAFTA Theatre on Tuesday, May 24th. On the evening 12 regional winners and one overall National Pub and Bar of the Year be announced. The finalists were judged on everything from service and product range to aesthetic design and entertainment schedules. Magazine editor Tristan O’Hana said the Assheton Arms represented all that was great about the modern trade.

He said: “You can only imagine the fantastic variety of operations we have discovered through the judging process. It has been an absolute pleasure to investigate just how all these incredible operators run their businesses.”

Listed in the Good Food Guide for the past three years, The Assheton Arms, is owned by the Seafood Pub Company and is an historic Grade II listed building which boasts stunning views of Pendle Hill.

The restaurant was given a major internal refurbishment last year and recently opened 12 en-suite bedrooms. These have been awarded a five star rating by the AA and the restaurant received an AA rosette for culinary excellence. W