The White Mare Wins Top Award

A West Cumbrian pub has had a prestigious industry award bestowed upon them at a lavish ceremony in London. Beckermet’s The White Mare lifted the Best Newcomer Award at the Great British Pub Awards 2016.

The champagne laden competition took place on October 5 at the glamorous Hilton Hotel on London’s Park Lane.

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Owner Dianne Irving said: “We’re absolutely delighted. We were just happy to be there at the final. We couldn’t believe it when they read our name out it was amazing. We’re completely blown away by it.”

“We’re completely blown away by it”.

The competition is run by the leading pub trade magazine the Publican’s Morning Advertiser. It is seen by many publicans as the competition to win. The stand-out event for pub operators attracts hundreds of entries from across the country.

The editor of the Publican’s Morning Advertiser, Ed Bedington, said: “Pubs are an integral part of British society, enjoying a special place in the hearts of consumers.”

This isn’t the first time The White Mare have seen silverware this year. As Back in May they were also named the Best Pub in Cumbria at the National Pub and Bar Awards.

Following that earlier win Dianne said: “I am absolutely delighted for my staff and the village of Beckermet that we have been recognised in this way. I would never have dared to dream that we would have been so successful in just one year.

“I would never have dreamed that we would have been so successful in one year”.

The White Mare was re-opened, following a major £400,000 makeover in May 2015 by Dianne, a former Primary School Head teacher.

The Great British Pub Awards were hosted by funny woman Canadian Comedienne Katherine Ryan of Mock the Week, 8 Out of 10 Cats and QI fame.


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