Village pub in surprise win

The Station pub, Lancaster.
The Station pub, Lancaster.

The Station in Caton has been crowned Lancaster’s Best Bar as voted for by Lancaster Guardian readers.

Anthony Rooker, landlord at the Hornby Road pub said he was “gobsmacked” by the win, after only being in charge since August.

The pub faced fierce competition from others - the other nine in the top 10 were all situated in the city centre of Lancaster.

Anthony said: “I only took over the pub on August 28 so I’m completely gobsmacked.

“We’ve started serving home cooked food and nothing is processed or bought in.

“It’s great traditional pub grub and everything is prepared fresh.

“We’ve been doing a lot of community charity work with the football and tennis clubs and The Institute in Caton, which seems to have worked in this instance!”

Anthony said that prior to him taking over, the Mitchells of Lancaster owned pub had had a temporary manager in and had not been serving food since March last year.

He added: “I just want to say a massive thank you to everyone that voted and for their continued support.

“Hopefully we can grow to be the best pub in Lancaster and further afield over the next twelve months.”

The Borough, in Dalton Square, came runner up in the competition, which gave Lancaster Guardian readers the opportunity to vote for their best bar by either post, text message, or using a cut out voting form.

The Royal in Morecambe won our sister newspaper The Visitor’s competition.