WITH pubs closing at an alarming rate one village ale house is bucking the trend and has been presented with a top award for its beer.
The Barley Mow at Bonsall has been given the coveted Pub of the Year award by Matlock and Dales Campaign for Real Ale.
The pub faced stiff competition from The Bell in Cromford, The Cliff Inn in Crich and The Princess Victoria in Matlock Bath.
The Barley Mow will now go on and represent the area in the Derbyshire Pub of the Year competition.
Colette Dewhurst who runs the pub with her partner David Wragg, said: “It’s the first year we’ve had the pub and we are really enjoying it. It’s a fantastic village and it was our local pub before we took it over.
“It is really good to get recognition for our real ale as it is something we are passionate about and a lot of younger people are drinking it now too.”
The pub is hosting a mini free beer festival and buffet on Saturday to mark the award will Colette and David’s band, Murder City Sweethearts, performing.