Moor pub raises toast to top award

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A PUB given a new lease of life through a unusual beer deal has won a top award.

Silver Tally in Shevington Moor, which was re-opened two years ago by Thwaites of Blackburn and the neighbouring Prospect Brewery, has been named Wigan and Leigh Camra’s Pub of the Season.

It is the first partnership between the regional beer giant and a micro-brewery.

Borough Camra chairman Pete Marsh said the Tally landed the honour because of the consistent quality of the cask-conditioned ales.

As Standish-based Prospect’s brewery tap, it showcases the full award winning range - but also offers at least two Thwaites real beers at any one time.

Mr Marsh revealed that a “secret shopper” team from Camra had visited on a number of occasions and were also impressed by the ambiance at the dog-friendly “local’s local.”

Delighted Prospect brewster Patsy Slevin dedicated the award to landlady Alison Rainey and the bar staff.

She said: “It’s wonderful to be recognised by Camra because they know what they are on about.

“I would like to think the place is already on the map but having The Tally named Pub of the Season could help spread the word a bit further afield for what we are all about.”