Raising a glass to our pub of the year!

The New Inn staff Derbyshire Times Pub of the Year Winner.Janine Moakes, Michael Houlihan, Jade Muckle
The New Inn staff Derbyshire Times Pub of the Year Winner.Janine Moakes, Michael Houlihan, Jade Muckle

SMILING faces are served in The New Inn at Winsick – today crowned The Derbyshire Times’ first Pub of the Year.

The hostelry scooped top competition by receiving the most public votes to win the prestigious title and branded prizes.

“I was really surprised,” said thrilled landlord Michael Houlihan.

“We do have a very big regulars base and quite a few said they were voting. When we found out we were nominated we made special staff T-shirts saying ‘vote for us’.

“But I didn’t think we would win because there were so many different pubs in the running, we were hoping to just get in the top ten for a bit of prestige.

“It means a lot to us and staff are so happy about it.”

The New Inn, on Mansfield Road, Chesterfield was nominated by customers because of its “warm welcome,” friendliness and value for money tasty food.

Others highlighted its fun karaoke on Friday nights and quizzes.

Groups who use the pub for meetings or charity events also shouted about their love for the lodge, which sponsors Hasland Community Football Club.

Former chef Michael, 52, said: “It’s an all round pub, a friendly local, we do cheap food and cater for all, from pensioners to families.

“Our regulars come from all over – Bolsover and Sheffield.

“I’d like to give a big thank you to everyone who voted and the members of staff who put all the work in.

“They put a lot of effort in and are very proud.”

Chesterfield’s Central Cars sponsored our popular Pub of the Year campaign, which proved a big hit with readers.

Derbyshire Times’ editor Nicola Megson said: “Our aim was to celebrate the many wonderful pubs we are lucky enough to have during a tough time for the industry.

“It’s been fantastic to see so many people shouting up about their prized locals and why they are worth recognising. This alone shows the great British pub is alive and kicking.

“Congratulations to The New Inn at Winsick and watch this space for an even bigger and better contest next year.”

Almost 1,000 votes were cast in our contest and here are the top ten as voted for by you:

1 - The New Inn at Winsick

2 - All Inn, Staveley

3 - Dusty Miller, Barlborough

4 - Boot and Shoe, Whitwell

5 - Cricketers Inn, Chesterfield

6 - Old Poets Corner, Ashover

7 - St Helen’s Inn, Chesterfield and The Lathkil Hotel, Over Haddon

8 - Old English, Clay Cross,

9 - Devonshire Arms, Alfreton

10 - Chesterfield Arms, Chesterfield

Do you think the great British pub has a bright future?

Email your views to comment@derbyshiretimes.co.uk

By Ellen Beardmore