A LANCASHIRE pub has been named in a shortlist to win a prestigious national award.

The Swan With Two Necks in Pendleton, near Clitheroe, is up for the Campaign for Real Ale (Camra) pub of the year award.

It is up against the George & Dragon in Hudswell, Richmond, North Yorkshire, and The Bell in Aldworth, Berkshire. The three watering holes have all previously scooped the Pub of the Year title.

The fourth in the running is the Red Lion in Preston, which became the first community-owned pub in Britain in the 1980s.

The competition’s co-ordinator Andrea Briers said: “It is amazing to see so many well-respected pubs return to this prestigious competition to compete for the ultimate title of the best pub in Britain.

"All of the pubs in the competition are selected by Camra volunteers and judged on their atmosphere, decor, welcome, service, value for money, customer mix and quality of beer."

The winner will be announced in February 2020.