Golden Lion pub named the ‘Best Freehouse’ in the Great British Pub Awards

DELIGHTED: Staff from the Golden Lion pub in Hartlepool
DELIGHTED: Staff from the Golden Lion pub in Hartlepool

A HARTLEPOOL pub has won acclaim in a prestigious competition.

The Golden Lion in Dunston Road, Hartlepool has been named winner of the Best Freehouse for the Yorkshire, North East & Scotland regions in the Great British Pub Awards 2014.

The awards are organised by leading pub industry magazine, the Publicans’ Morning Advertiser, and the dedicated team at the Golden Lion, owned by local businessman Leo Gillen and his family, have beaten off the challenge of numerous pubs in the region to claim the title.

The pub will now go forward to the Great British Pub Awards 2014 national final, held at the Hilton Hotel, Park Lane, London in September.

It will go head to head with five other regional winners from across the country to compete for the UK title ‘Best Freehouse 2014’ and will also compete for the overall champions of champions title of ‘Great British Pub of the Year 2014’.

Mr Gillen said: “I am delighted with this success, which recognises the hard work all of the staff has put into making the pub a great place to visit.

“Our chefs use locally sourced produce in creating our seasonal dishes, including free range eggs from a farm less than five miles away, fresh fish from Hodgsons of Hartlepool, and game from nearby estates.

“Our loyal ‘front of house’ staff provide a warm welcome, and we enjoy the many themed events at the pub as much as our customers do.

“We have a presence on social media and find that this helps us to sustain existing business and encourage new visitors to the pub.”

Publicans’ Morning Advertiser editor Rob Willock said: “The award recognises freehouse pubs that have increased profits and driven new business in the past year.

“The Golden Lion team show first class attention to detail across all areas of the pub – from food and drink to the range of exciting events hosted at the site.”