National industry title for Lancaster pub

The Study Room
The Study Room

The team at the Study Room in Lancaster is celebrating after winning Best Turnaround Pub at the Great British Pub Awards.

Announced last week at the Park Lane Hilton, the Great British Pub Awards celebrate the best in the UK pub sector.

The Study Room, developed by Strawberry Enterprise Ltd, beat off tough competition from four other finalists to win the national title.

Following a joint £450,000 investment with pub owner Punch Taverns, the venue on Church Street, which had shut its doors in 2012 amid claims that it would never trade as a pub again, has been transformed into a stylish bar, with a quality feel.

The Study Room was lovingly restored with contemporary furnishings and feature bookcases, together with warm flooring and new windows so that people could see inside the pub.

As well as the stylish interior, the Study Room offers a food menu with local provenance key.

The team source their products from as many local businesses as possible including Atkinson’s Coffee and Lancaster and Old School Brewery.

Laura Horan, MD of Strawberry Enterprise Ltd, said: “We’re delighted to bring this national award back to Lancaster.

“We could always see the potential to bring the Study Room back to life and it’s been a fantastic experience.

“It just goes to show that with the right ideas, business plan and a fantastic team you can breathe new life into a failing business.”

Judge Mandy Wragge said: “This great pub on one of Lancaster’s most historic streets has been given the makeover of its life; with real ale, crowd pleasing food and live music at the weekend, the good people of Lancaster have got their local back.”