Best Bar search leads to roar-some winner

Staff of The Red Lion, in Ruskington. Pictured (from left) Maria Berry, Keely Stevenson, Jackie Brownen, Lee John, Andrea North - landlady, Daniel Bellis, Debra John and Sharon Reed. EMN-150501-104149001

Staff of The Red Lion, in Ruskington. Pictured (from left) Maria Berry, Keely Stevenson, Jackie Brownen, Lee John, Andrea North - landlady, Daniel Bellis, Debra John and Sharon Reed. EMN-150501-104149001

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The time has come to break open the champagne and raise a glass to the winner of our Best Bar 2014 competition, as chosen by YOU.

Following a public vote, The Red Lion, in Ruskington, has been selected as the area’s premier pub, its leading local, its top tavern, in short, its best bar.

It was one of four establishments shortlisted for the honour, based on nominations from Standard readers.

Landlady at The Red Lion, Andrea North described taking the top prize as ‘fantastic’.

“We are delighted,” she said.

“It shows we are appreciated by our customers for what we do.”

Andrea paid tribute to the ‘very small team’ at The Red Lion, crediting them with giving ‘100 per cent’, and thanked those who had backed the venue in the competition.

She said: “I just want to say ‘thank you so much’ for everyone who has voted for us.

“If it wasn’t for them we would not be here now winning this title which we are so proud of.”

The Marquis of Granby, in Northgate, Sleaford, was runner-up in the competition following the public vote.

The other establishments to make the shortlist were The Barge and Bottle, in Carre Street, Sleaford, and The Packhorse Inn, in Northgate, Sleaford.