I’ll drink to that! Shibden Mill Inn declared Britain’s best pub

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A historic Halifax pub has been crowned the Sky Great British Pub of the Year 2015.

The Shibden Mill Inn, Shibden, was selected from the Great British Pub Award’s 15 national category winners to scoop the top award.

The Inn's owner, Simon Heaton and general manager, Glen Pearson, collecting the award.

The Inn's owner, Simon Heaton and general manager, Glen Pearson, collecting the award.

More than 17 years of hard work has paid off for owner, Simon Heaton, after the pub took the title of Best Freehouse in the Great British Pub Awards before going onto be named the overall winner.

Simon, who has run the 350-year-old pub just outside Halifax for nearly two decades, was delighted with the win after his venue wowed the judges.

Constant investment and an overall dedication to excellence across the board netted Simon and his team success in the awards, which recognise and reward excellence throughout the UK pub sector.

Ed Bedington, editor of the Publican’s Morning Advertiser, which organised the awards, said: “Shibden Mill Inn is everything a Great British Pub should be, offering a great experience, great service and a great venue to all its guests.

“This is a pub to be proud of. Once you get under the stunning skin of this beautiful building, you realise that what lies beneath is the beating heart of a well oiled and precision engineered business.

“This operation is run like a dream and it’s not happened by accident. Simon and Glenn and the team have lovingly crafted this pub over that last two decades, and with plans to push it even further forward, it’s only going to get better.”

The Great British Pub Awards celebrate excellence throughout the UK’s pub trade, with hundreds of entries received from across the country, and judged by a team of industry experts.