Pubs across Lancashire have been praised for their, food, drink, amenities and beyond as Thwaites reveal the area winners of its Hospitality Awards 2023.

Area business managers selected the best pubs in their region based on 10 categories, which include best food, best newcomer, best pint, sporting superstar and beyond.

A total of 60 businesses were given a certificate and invitation to the Hospitality Awards evening in November, where the overall winner in each category will be announced.

Havelock Inn in Blackburn was given a sporting superstar certificate for its impressive entertainment system and sports set up.

Lancashire Telegraph: The Havelock Inn in BlackburnThe Havelock Inn in Blackburn (Image: Google)

The pub won the national award last year and is hoping to do the same again in November.

A spokesperson said: ““We won the national award last year so to be nominated again as winners of the regional again we are more than pleased.

Lancashire Telegraph: Football fans watching the FIFA Women's World Cup at Havelock Inn, BlackburnFootball fans watching the FIFA Women's World Cup at Havelock Inn, Blackburn (Image: Havelock Inn)

“When it comes to sport then we are the number one pub for it. We have indoor and outdoor screens and had a superb turnout for the women’s World Cup final.”

The Observatory in Blackburn was given the regional award for best investment.

Lancashire Telegraph: The Observatory in Blackburn has been given a Thwaites area awardThe Observatory in Blackburn has been given a Thwaites area award (Image: NQ)

The pub underwent a £350,000 refurbishment last year and was closed for six weeks.

A spokesperson for the pub said they are delighted with the work that's been done.

A spokesperson said: “Last summer, we underwent a full six week refurbishment, inside and out valued well in excess of £350,000.

“This work saw the extension of the outdoor area to allow seating for approximately 160 people along with an outdoor bar to service this.

“Inside, all areas were renovated to become more vibrant and contemporary to enhance the offer that each area of the venue brings, with an updated audio-visual system to enhance the sports viewing experience and a new food menu was launched along side this to reposition our food offer.

“We are delighted with the results and the response of the local and wider community, and we feel that the success of the investment gives us a real chance when we go to the national awards in November.”

The Foundry in Blackburn also won a local award for best business builder.

The Black Bull in Ribchester and the Rishton Arms were given an award for best pint.

The White Hard in Sabden and the Royal Oak in Horby have been praised by Thwaites for food.

A spokesperson for Thwaites said: “There are a few ‘area winners’ for the same award in this list for all of our pubs across Lancashire - this is because the awards process is broken down into winners for each of our ‘areas’ that our pub area business managers manage.

“Lancashire is separated into four areas, with an area business manager for each.

"As part of the process, area business managers use the judging criteria to select their area winners for each of the 10 award categories.

“On August [pubs] were awarded an area winner certificate and an invitation to attend our Hospitality Awards evening.

“Judging will then take place to find one overall winner for each of the categories - this will take place during August, September and October, before the overall winner of each category is announced at the Thwaites Hospitality Awards in November.

“The Hospitality Awards are all about recognising and rewarding excellence through Thwaites’ four principles of craftmanship, innovation, warm hospitality and an eye for quality.”

Full list of Lancashire's Thwaites Hospitality Awards area winners