Rossendale’s Eagle and Child Crowned UK’s Best Pub

At a glitzy awards ceremony in London, The Eagle and Child, in Ramsbottom, was named the John Smith’s Great British Pub of the Year.

The pub, which was re-opened in March following a substantial refurbishment, beat off competition from across England, Scotland and Wales, as well as collecting a second gong on the evening, the Best Partnership Pub award.

Judges were particularly impressed by the ethos of the business, and it’s commitment to being a social enterprise. This initiative has seen over 100 disadvantaged young people given a fresh start in life, from young offenders to disabled youngsters.

Licensee Glen Duckett and his team, working with Daniel Thwaites brewery, took on the Whalley Road pub six years ago.

A delighted Glen said he was “overwhelmed” by the recognition. He said: “I’m absolutely in awe. To pick up Best Partnership Pub and then Best Pub overall is just amazing. We really weren’t expecting it. I’m elated by what we have done and how we push young people to make themselves as employable as possible.”

Ed Bedington, editor of awards organisers the Morning Advertiser, said: “The Eagle and Child is a great example of what can be achieved in the modern pub trade.

“This is not only a first rate operation, with a great food and drink offer in stylish surroundings, this is a pub that is truly giving back to the community.

“We talk about pubs being part of the fabric of the communities within which they operate, and this couldn’t be truer for Glen’s business.”

The Great British Pub Awards have been running for 17 years.

Industry experts helping to whittle down the field to six finalists in each category, followed by site visits and a final panel interview grilling to finish.

This year has seen the Eagle and Child refitted with an orangery, five new guest bedrooms and changes to the bar and all seating areas.

The improvements have opened up a stunning view over Ramsbottom and Peel Tower.

The pub has scooped a host of previous awards, including Best Dining Pub in North Manchester at the Eat Drink Sleep Awards, aka The Drinkies, and Best Food Pub in the Manchester Food and Drink Festival awards in both 2014 and 2016.

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