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Lancashire hotspot hailed for its pubs

Inn favour: The Inn was named best pub PICTURE: ALAMY

IT’S the holy grail of ale. Drinkers in Clitheroe can toast having Britain’s best boozer on their doorsteps — as well the the No.1 pub for grub.

The Inn at Whitewell, a hamlet about seven miles from the Lancashire town, has been named the cream of Britain’s thousands of watering holes by the Good Pub Guide. And the Assheton Arms, just outside Clitheroe in Downham, is dining pub of the year.

‘Truly first class’: Award winner’s dining room

The Guide said The Inn, which also offers food and sits in idyllic countryside, was ‘truly first class’. Revealing it as pub of the year, the editors hailed the smoking ban 12 years ago for making our watering holes ‘cleaner, brighter places’.