A pub in Oswaldtwistle has been named the best in Lancashire in recently published awards.

The Britannia Tap and Grill, in Haslingden Old Road, has been named Lancashire Pub of the Year at the National Pub and Bar Awards.

The Thwaites pub joins four other North West winners who will go on to compete for the title of national pub and bar of the year, after beating off competition from around the county in regional heats.

Callam Hartley, company food and beverage manager at the pub, said the team is “over the moon” to be crowned “best pub in Lancashire”.

The win comes a year after the team’s sister pub, the White Bull in Oswaldtwistle, won the same award.

He said: “We have worked hard as a team to create a new and interesting concept over the past year at the Britannia Tap and Grill.

“With offerings to suit everyone, from sandwiches to bar nibbles, pub classics or steaks off our purpose-built Bertha Grill.

“Since opening our doors, we have achieved a lot in such a short amount of time, and I think that’s something Lancashire and the local area can be extremely proud of.

“Our aim at the beginning was never about winning awards, we focused on providing great food, excellent service, and reasonable prices for locals to enjoy, so to be recognised for our hard work is a great feeling.

“We’re very fortunate to be able to use fantastic local suppliers like Riley’s Butchers in Rossendale and these partnerships have allowed us to enhance our quality and offering.

“I’d like to thank all our customers for their continued support.

“We are so thankful for the support we have received so far and proud to say we have helped put Oswaldtwistle on the foodie map "

The award win is part of the 2024 National Pub and Bar Awards, which each year crowns nearly 100 County Winners from across the United Kingdom, giving each site a unique platform to promote themselves and increase guest footfall from locals and visitors alike.

The award organisers say the winners have demonstrated excellence across several elements that affect the customer journey, including design, service, style of offerings, marketing and investment.

Held in London, the final awards will welcome all 94 county winners to come together and celebrate their achievements, before discovering which venues will go on to become regional winners, and which will take home the top prize as the nation's best pub or bar.

“The fact that we had record entries for the 2024 National Pub & Bar Awards tells us two things,” said Tristan O’Hana, editor of Pub and Bar magazine, which runs the event.

“One is how highly the industry regards these accolades, which is fantastic.

"But, also, it shows more operators are in need of really positive and strong publicity to help drive business at the moment.

“Pubs and bars are facing some of the biggest challenges in recent history, so if the National Pub and Bar Awards can help by lifting sales across these venues, then we’re delighted to play our part.”