The Leyland Lion has been announced as the ‘pub of the year’ winner for 2012/13, by members of its local Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) branch.
The Central Lancs branch named the Leyland pub as its choice, after a little over a year of trading, having opened only in October 2011.
Pub managers Mark and Carolyne Batty received the George Lee Memorial Trophy (GLMT), the branch’s premier award, at a special presentation night at the pub.
Since 1981, the GLMT shield has been presented annually to that pub, organisation or person considered by branch members to have done the most for real ale locally, during the previous calendar year.
The award is named in memory of a popular former local landlord and the first treasurer of the branch – George Lee.
Mark said: “Carolyne, the team at The Leyland Lion and I are thrilled to win the award. I think that we are one of only a very few pubs to have won. After being open for just a year, it’s quite an achievement.”
Dave Linley, Central Lancs CAMRA chairman, said: “The Leyland Lion is a worthy winner of the George Lee Memorial Trophy because it has increased the choice of real ale in Leyland.”