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12-02-2014, 17:29
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Congratulations to the Swan With Two Necks at Pendleton in Lancashire for having been chosen as CAMRA’s National Pub of the Year (http://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2014/feb/12/camra-swan-with-two-necks-lancashire-national-pub-year?CMP=twt_gu) for 2014. I’ve never actually been there personally, but it sounds a cracking pub and I’ll try to remedy the omission some time this year.
Situated in the shadow of Pendle Hill, it’s a traditional, stone-built village pub, described by its regulars as being “in a time warp”, that has been run by licensee Sreve Dilworth for twenty-seven years. It offers Copper Dragon Golden Pippin plus four varying guest beers, mostly from local micro-breweries, two locally-produced ciders and home-made food. A further plus point is that it doesn’t show TV football. The StreetView image (https://maps.google.co.uk/?ll=53.852237,-2.373564&spn=0.004474,0.011362&t=h&z=17&layer=c&cbll=53.852237,-2.373564&panoid=x016oOO4ZLJVQWgpLbVbUw&cbp=12,98.19,,0,2.21) shows a stream running down the middle of the pretty village street.
There have been a few mutterings that selecting a pub of this type shows CAMRA in fuddy-duddy, backward-looking mode, but surely it is a positive step that they have chosen a pub that appeals to all sections of the community rather than some trendy urban craft beer bar that is of interest only to enthusiasts and would make the organisation seem exclusive. And I’m told that hop-forward golden beers feature heavily on its guest beer list – it’s not just Landlord and Lancaster Bomber.
It might have be an idea not to let the pub write their own WhatPub entry (http://whatpub.com/pubs/LAE/535/swan-with-two-necks-pendleton), though...

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