A CRAFT ale attraction in East Lancashire has been named the UK's finest.

Bowland Beer Hall at Holmes Mill in Clitheroe was selected as the Best Independent Craft Beer Rural Bar at the SIBAs, the beer industry awards spectacular.

Warren Bennett, managing director of Bowland Brewery, said: "We are absolutely delighted with the award.

"Being recognised by our peers in the industry for the excellence both of the beer and the beer hall makes us all very proud.

"With 42 hand-pulls on the bar Bowland Beer Hall is a ‘temple to beer’ that attracts beer enthusiasts from near and far.

"Winning this award can only help us reach an even wider audience in the future.”

Neil Walker, the judges chairman at the awards, said that the quality of entrants for 2019 across all categories, was "particularly impressive".

He added: "These really are the top craft beer businesses around, with those crowned overall winners acknowledged as the very best of the best."