Billy’s Bar is best in area

Billy's Bar on Berry Lane in Longridge winning of the Longridge and Garstang area News and Courier Best Bar Competition'Manager Kerry Swinburne and assistant manager Melissa Broad
Billy's Bar on Berry Lane in Longridge winning of the Longridge and Garstang area News and Courier Best Bar Competition'Manager Kerry Swinburne and assistant manager Melissa Broad

A night of celebration at Longridge’s Billy’s Bar followed the news that it had won the Garstang Courier and Longridge News Your Best Bar 2014 contest in a vote by readers.

Delighted manager Kerry Swinburne, 20, who is helped by assistant manager Melissa Broad, 20, said: “When we heard we had won we couldn’t believe it.

“All of us were well chuffed, so we had a do on Sunday night to thank the customers who had voted for us and everyone had a free glass of fizz.

“We also had singer Ellena
 Morgan, from Longridge, performing.”

News of the win was especially pleasing to staff at Billy’s Bar, on Berry Lane, because it has only been open for nine months after Longridge businessman Wayne Hayhurst took on the lease.

The person who would probably have been most delighted was the late Bill Hayhurst, Wayne’s grandad, after whom the bar is named.

Wayne said that when ‘Grandad Billy’ was alive he could always be found in local “watering holes” with a circle of people listening to his jokes and stories. A photograph of the former farmer sits proudly behind the bar at Billy’s.

He said: “We opened in April, as we felt there was a need for a wine and cocktail bar with a nice relaxed atmosphere and ambience that people of all ages could feel comfortable and safe in.

“We like to suit all tastes with a variety of live acts varying from saxophonists to bands and serving a mix of drinks from real ales to champagne cocktails.”

Billy’s Bar beat four others in the final of the competition. The other finalists, which each receive a certificate, are also in the Longridge rea – the Bull & Royal, the Forrest Arms, the Old Oak and the White Bull, Alston.

The other bars in the shortlist were: the Farmers Arms, Garstang; the Kenlis Arms, Barnacre; Owd Nells, Bilsborrow; the Royal Oak, Garstang; and the Towneley Arms, Longridge.