Ribble Valley pub crowned best in country

Owners Stephen and Christine Dilworth

Owners Stephen and Christine Dilworth

First published in News

A RIBBLE Valley pub has been crowned the best in the country by the Campaign For Real Ale.

The Swan With Two Necks, in Pendleton, will be formally presented with the award today after emerging victorious in only its second bid for the coveted prize.

It beat off competition from 57,000 other pubs up and down the country to claim the title of CAMRA’s National Pub of the Year.

Delighted husband and wife team Steve and Christine Dilworth have run the pub for 27 years.

They came second in 2012 and, due to competition rules, were barred from competing in 2013.

Earlier this year the pub was officially crowned the CAMRA East Lancashire Pub of the Year, adding to their title in 2012.

The pub was visited anonymously throughout the year by CAMRA judges during several rounds of competition.

Steve, 59, said: “This is a huge honour for the pub and it’s a real team effort.

“We have a fantastic team here and some of them have been here for almost two decades.

“This is a proper pub and we pride ourselves on serving proper food and proper beer.

“We have three full-time and nine part-time and we could not have done it without them. Our sons Robert, 28, and Michael, 24, both lend a hand.”

MP for Ribble Valley Nigel Evans, who lives next door to the pub, said: “I am delighted for Steve and Christine and all the staff.

“Not only does it have a fantastic selection of real ale and wonderful food, but they really are the best neighbours that you could ever hope to have.

CAMRA’s pubs director Julian Hough said: “The Swan with Two Necks is the best of the best.”

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11:13am Wed 12 Feb 14

TONY WALES says...

What put me off this pub when I went for lunch, was in the room when you go in from the front door, all the time we were eating our meal (at a table near the fire) was there was a mangy cat walking around the furniture all the time. I don't think you should have animals near to where people are eating.

The Chinese have the best idea, they eat the cats instead of letting them walk around the restaurant.
What put me off this pub when I went for lunch, was in the room when you go in from the front door, all the time we were eating our meal (at a table near the fire) was there was a mangy cat walking around the furniture all the time. I don't think you should have animals near to where people are eating. The Chinese have the best idea, they eat the cats instead of letting them walk around the restaurant. TONY WALES
  • Score: -5

11:36am Wed 12 Feb 14

Lancs - pensioner says...

Nowt to do with this story but does anyone know if Stevens dad was called Sid Dilworth, I worked with him 45 years ago and he does look like him?
Nowt to do with this story but does anyone know if Stevens dad was called Sid Dilworth, I worked with him 45 years ago and he does look like him? Lancs - pensioner
  • Score: 4

7:48pm Wed 12 Feb 14

Legal Beagle says...

"I don't think you should have animals near to where people are eating."

No doubt the cat thought much the same about you.
"I don't think you should have animals near to where people are eating." No doubt the cat thought much the same about you. Legal Beagle
  • Score: 2

7:49am Thu 13 Feb 14

Chris P Bacon says...

TONY WALES wrote:
What put me off this pub when I went for lunch, was in the room when you go in from the front door, all the time we were eating our meal (at a table near the fire) was there was a mangy cat walking around the furniture all the time. I don't think you should have animals near to where people are eating.

The Chinese have the best idea, they eat the cats instead of letting them walk around the restaurant.
I love that pub, me so it would be better if you stayed away, Tony.
[quote][p][bold]TONY WALES[/bold] wrote: What put me off this pub when I went for lunch, was in the room when you go in from the front door, all the time we were eating our meal (at a table near the fire) was there was a mangy cat walking around the furniture all the time. I don't think you should have animals near to where people are eating. The Chinese have the best idea, they eat the cats instead of letting them walk around the restaurant.[/p][/quote]I love that pub, me so it would be better if you stayed away, Tony. Chris P Bacon
  • Score: 3

9:30am Thu 13 Feb 14

TONY WALES says...

Legal Beagle wrote:
"I don't think you should have animals near to where people are eating."

No doubt the cat thought much the same about you.
Trouble with that chuck, is that cat does not pay his wages
[quote][p][bold]Legal Beagle[/bold] wrote: "I don't think you should have animals near to where people are eating." No doubt the cat thought much the same about you.[/p][/quote]Trouble with that chuck, is that cat does not pay his wages TONY WALES
  • Score: 0

9:32am Thu 13 Feb 14

TONY WALES says...

Chris P Bacon wrote:
TONY WALES wrote:
What put me off this pub when I went for lunch, was in the room when you go in from the front door, all the time we were eating our meal (at a table near the fire) was there was a mangy cat walking around the furniture all the time. I don't think you should have animals near to where people are eating.

The Chinese have the best idea, they eat the cats instead of letting them walk around the restaurant.
I love that pub, me so it would be better if you stayed away, Tony.
Quite right chuck.
If I want to eat my food with animals, I will visit the zoo.
The animals are cleaner, and better looked after
[quote][p][bold]Chris P Bacon[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]TONY WALES[/bold] wrote: What put me off this pub when I went for lunch, was in the room when you go in from the front door, all the time we were eating our meal (at a table near the fire) was there was a mangy cat walking around the furniture all the time. I don't think you should have animals near to where people are eating. The Chinese have the best idea, they eat the cats instead of letting them walk around the restaurant.[/p][/quote]I love that pub, me so it would be better if you stayed away, Tony.[/p][/quote]Quite right chuck. If I want to eat my food with animals, I will visit the zoo. The animals are cleaner, and better looked after TONY WALES
  • Score: 1

12:59pm Thu 13 Feb 14

Shorty Medlocke says...

Nigel Evans lives next door? Might be a good reason to avoid it.
Nigel Evans lives next door? Might be a good reason to avoid it. Shorty Medlocke
  • Score: 2

11:47pm Mon 17 Feb 14

clitheroe blue boy says...

TONY WALES wrote:
What put me off this pub when I went for lunch, was in the room when you go in from the front door, all the time we were eating our meal (at a table near the fire) was there was a mangy cat walking around the furniture all the time. I don't think you should have animals near to where people are eating.

The Chinese have the best idea, they eat the cats instead of letting them walk around the restaurant.
I once had a meal sat next to a person with a guide dog, how shocking is that Tony? It's a country pub not a Michelin 3* restaurant! Have you never been in a pub where people have been allowed to take their dogs in? Get a grip. I might try this pub now, knowing you won't be sat next to me.
[quote][p][bold]TONY WALES[/bold] wrote: What put me off this pub when I went for lunch, was in the room when you go in from the front door, all the time we were eating our meal (at a table near the fire) was there was a mangy cat walking around the furniture all the time. I don't think you should have animals near to where people are eating. The Chinese have the best idea, they eat the cats instead of letting them walk around the restaurant.[/p][/quote]I once had a meal sat next to a person with a guide dog, how shocking is that Tony? It's a country pub not a Michelin 3* restaurant! Have you never been in a pub where people have been allowed to take their dogs in? Get a grip. I might try this pub now, knowing you won't be sat next to me. clitheroe blue boy
  • Score: 1

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