A South Tyneside pub is overjoyed to be named the Gazette’s Pub of the Year.
Loyal customers voted for The Lake, in Lake Avenue, Marsden, South Shields, which scored the highest out of the list of nominees that included a wide range of South Tyneside watering holes.
The Lake managers, Vicky Chisholm, 37, and Neil Oliver, 42, say they are delighted with the accolade.
They have turned the pub around after it was shut down for four months last year under its previous owners.
Miss Chisholm and Mr Oliver took over last year, opening the pub in May 2014.
Miss Chisholm said: “We shut down for a while two years ago because we weren’t doing so well, so I am shocked and delighted with this award. I love my job. I wouldn’t work 13-hour shifts otherwise! The customers will be delighted with the award. So many housing estate pubs shut down, but our customers don’t go anywhere else but here.”
The pub which serves food and has two staff – Dee Baird and Jen Sanderson – says the majority of their customers are regulars.
The pub runs a successful restaurant and holds live music on Saturdays and Sundays.
It also stages a popular karaoke event on Friday nights.
Mr Oliver said: “We were offered the pub by brewery Punch Taverns and we saw the potential.
“The restaurant is now up and running and we are fully booked for Christmas Day.
“It’s going from strength to strength.”
Runner-up for the award were The Cock Crow Inn, in Mill Lane, Hebburn. The Chichester Arms, in Chichester Road, South Shields took third place.
The Gazette’s Pub of the Year competition was launched in September, when we asked regulars all over the borough to vote for their favourite.
Readers had two weeks to send us their nominations and say what, in their view, made the perfect pub.