The winner of the second heat of the Courier’s pub of the Year competition has been revealed.
Long Can Hall, in Fountain Head Village, scored a narrow victory in the HX2 category of the contest.
They just edged out The Winterburn and the Horse and Jockey in a tight three pub finish.
Manager Liz Briggs said the staff and customers were delighted to have won.
“All the staff and the chefs are extremely happy and so are the customers,” she said.
“We’ve got a group of really loyal locals who all voted for us when they’ve been in for a drink and the people who come in for food have been really supportive too.
“We’re really pleased because there are quite a few good pubs in this category and it has really given everyone a big boost,” she said.
“I’d like to thank all the people who took the time to vote for us,” she added.
The Long Can will receive a commemorative plaque, donated by sponsors Briggs Priestley, and a place in the Grand Final, which starts in June.
They will then be up against the Railway, which won the HX1 heat, and the winners of the remaining three heats.
Voting is now under way for the HX3 pubs, while nominations are currently being taken for heat 4, which includes HX4 and HX5 postcodes.
To give your favourite pub in HX4 or HX5 a chance to win the heat and a place in the final, fill in a nomination form on page 12.
The overall winner of the Courier Pub of the Year 2012 will win the coveted ‘Love Your Local’ Cup and an external building banner.