Beckermet pub takes home Best Newcomer title at Great British Pub Awards

By Rachael Grealish

CUMBRIA has once again been put on the national map as one pub brought home the prize.

The White Mare staff accepting their award for Best Newcomer at The Great British Pub Awards in London - photo submitted

The White Mare staff accepting their award for Best Newcomer at The Great British Pub Awards in London – photo submitted

The White Mare, in Beckermet, has claimed the title of Best Newcomer at the The Great British Pub Awards 2016, on Wednesday October 5.

The White Mare was up against tough competition, but fought off hundreds of pubs across the UK that entered.

Dianne Irving, who owns the White Mare with her husband Ian, said: “We’re absolutely delighted, it was completely unexpected and we were just delighted to be there in the final – but we won!”

The competition, which took place at the Hilton, Park Lane, in London, had pubs from all over the UK attend in hope their pub would take the prize in one of the 16 categories available.

The White Mare was the only Cumbrian pub to take home a national prize that evening.

The White Mare re-opened in May 2015, after a £400,000 make-over that saw the entirety of the White Mare being stripped back to the bare walls and fully re-floored.

This is not the first win for the pub, earlier this year The White Mare claimed the title of Best Pub in Cumbria in the National Pub and Bar Awards at the national awards event in London in May.

“I am delighted with what we have achieved in such a short time at the White Mare. I could not have dreamed that we would win at both of the main trade pub and bar awards in our first year of operation.

“I am particularly proud of our staff, who have worked tirelessly to deliver fantastic meals, drinks and service to our customers. It is also great to get recognition for the village of Beckermet, which has supported us from day one”.

The Great British Pub Awards are organised by the Morning Advertiser and are to: ‘celebrate the trades finest operators’.

The annual awards are widely recognised as “the Oscars” of the pub and bar trade and attract thousands of entries from across the country.