The Swan with Two Necks has been recognised as a business that has made a significant contribution to the Campaign for Real Ale as they celebrate their 50 year anniversary.
The pub, which is very popular with locals and visitors, is recognised for being a long-standing CAMRA national award-winning pub, winning CAMRA’s National Pub of the Year award in 2014.
Owners Steve and Christine Dilworth said: “What a great surprise. We are proud and honoured to be a recipient of the CAMRA 50th Golden Awards.
“A fantastic achievement for everyone involved at the Swan with Two Necks. This also coincides with Steve’s 50 years working in the trade. Talking to his barrels pays off!
“We are so pleased and proud as a team and it gives us that push to carry on and go forward.
“It’s been very trying at the moment and it’s a difficult time for use. It’s given us a boost.”
The pair run the pub with the help of two of their sons, Robert Dilworth and Michael Dilworth and a team of staff.
MP for the Ribble Valley, Nigel Evans said: “I’m absolutely thrilled for them. It’s an incredible accolade which shows how special the Swan with Two Necks is.
“It’s the very heart of the community and it’s testament to the incredible Steve and Christine and their work at the pub.
“I look forward to standing at the bar and raising a pint to congratulate this amazing recognition.”
CAMRA’s Awards Director Gary Timmins said: “I am delighted to be honouring the Swan with Two Necks today with a CAMRA Golden Award.
“2021 is our anniversary year, and we want to take this opportunity to celebrate the successes of great British locals as well as CAMRA’s achievements – we wouldn’t have got far without their support!
“This anniversary comes on the heels of an incredibly difficult time for the industry after a year of lockdowns and restrictions.
“I hope the team behind the Swan with Two Necks and their locals will take this award as appreciation for all the hard work involved in running the pub, over the decades and especially now. Nominations were submitted by our members and consumers, which says a lot about the support and impact they have had.
“Winners have been chosen for their successes in standing the test of time; for being convivial, characterful and community-focused, and of course for consistently pouring great pints. I applaud the Swan with Two Necks for their dedication, for being community stalwarts and campaigning heroes.”
The full successful cohort contains 32 pubs, including five that have appeared in all 48 editions of the Good Beer Guide, the longest standing community-owned pub in the country, and the current Pub of the Year title holder.