Which watering hole is our new Best Bar?

Coach Inn Lesbury.
Coach Inn Lesbury.

The votes have come in and the nine nominees for the area’s best pubs have been whittled down to one.

And the winner of the Northumberland Gazette Best Bar 2014 competition is The Coach Inn at Lesbury.

Having a pint is a great British tradition, whether you do that at your local pub, club or bar in town after work, it’s a time for relaxation. A bit of quiet time to yourself, or the perfect opportunity to meet up with friends, share some drinks and have a bite to eat.

Last year, we launched our great competition to provide a fantastic opportunity for all local establishments where you are likely to prop yourself on the bar regularly to shout about how great they are!

Some were nominated for their outstanding food or good choice of real ales, while others were submitted because of their friendly staff or value for money.

Following the nomination process, nine pubs were shortlisted for the Gazette prize: Alnwick Arms, Clayport Street, Alnwick; Black Swan, Narrowgate, Alnwick; Coach Inn, Lesbury; Jolly Fisherman, Craster; Olde Ship Inn, Seahouses; Pack Horse Inn, Ellingham; Plough, Bondgate Without, Alnwick; Red Lion Inn, Alnmouth; Tanners Arms, Hotspur Place, Alnwick.

But it was the Lesbury-based local that came out on top when the voting closed at the start of the year.