Olde Tavern is crowned our Pub of the Year

Pub of the Year.'The Olde Tavern  (AB555b1215)
Pub of the Year.'The Olde Tavern (AB555b1215)

Great pubs are the heartbeat of most communities so choosing the best one in the area was a tough ask of our readers.

Times may be hard for many but nothing can beat a good drink, some grub and a chat at your local.

But Pontefract’s The Olde Tavern, has stood the test of time and has been crowned the Express Pub of the Year for the third year running.

Owner Ian Richardson said he was delighted that his traditional values still proved popular.

He said: “I knew competition would be tough but I believe what you put into life you get out of it.

“We have a great strong customer base who like our good quality food and drink.

“We serve good English carvery food, we’ve gone away from fancy a la cartes.

“Everything is home-made, there’s nothing microwaved about our food , it’s all fresh.”

Mr Richardson, who runs the pub with wife Julie and daughters Nicola and Stacey, said that people are happy to pay a fair price for premium products.

The Richardsons have owned the pub for the past five years and run regular evening events such as karaoke and free food on a Saturday night and regular darts tournaments.

Ttraditional pubs seem to be on trend as in second place was the Golden Ball, Horsefair.

A small family-run pub owned by Alan Tonks , it offers a wide range of drinks.

His daughter Nicola Tonks, who works at the pub, said: “We’re over the moon to come second place.

“We provide a warm and friendly environment.

“We’ve owned the pub two years and we already have lots of regulars.”

The Carleton, Hardwick Road, finished in third place in the competition.

Rebecca Melber, manager of the pub, said: “The customer always comes first and we try really hard to give first class customer service at all times.

“It’s not just about having a drink or a meal, it’s about enjoying an afternoon or evening out with family or friends.

“My team are always ready with a smile and nothing is too much trouble.

“Receiving a place in the top three makes us feel like the customers have recognised all the efforts we put in to ensure they have a great time and that gives us an extra boost to continue.”