A PUB is celebrating after being named as one of the best places to stay in the North West.

The Derby Arms, on Chipping Road in Longridge, was featured on the 2017 Sunday Times Best Places to Stay in the Posh Pubs category.

The prize comes after the pub, which is owned by the Seafood Pub Company, won an AA Dinner Award in 2015.

And Matt Ward, General Manager, said it was it was a great surprise but a testimony for all the hard work of the staff.

He said: “We’re delighted to be new entrants to the prestigious Sunday Times list.

"We’re proud that we’ve created an award-winning destination that is loved by both locals and those who come to explore the Forest of Bowland and the wide range of outdoor pursuits that are on our doorstep.

“Our sister site, the Assheton Arms in Downham, made the list last year and we are really pleased that the friendly welcome, outstanding customer service, stunning rooms and delicious specials menus and Lancashire breakfasts that we serve have been recognised and seen us become newcomers to the list this year.”

Based between Longridge and Chipping, the pub advertises itself as a "historic building has six premium en-suite bedrooms.

"Set in the lush Forest of Bowland, the Derby Arms is popular with hikers who are able to enjoy some of the most remote walks in the English countryside."

Top of the list is Another Place in Cumbria. The only other Lancashire pub to make the list is Moor Hall, in Ormskirk.

The Seafood Pub Company run sites across East Lancashire including The Oyster & Otter, Blackburn; Barley Mow, Barley Village; Roosters Bistro, Higham; The Alma Inn, Laneshawbridge; Town Green Brasserie, Aughton and Forest, Cuckstool Lane, Fence.