James with staff and punters at the OWL
James with staff and punters at the OWL

James Frith, MP for Bury North, has nominated the Old White Lion on Bolton Street in Bury for the prestigious title of Parliamentary Pub of the Year.

The Parliamentary Pub of the Year competition gives all MPs the opportunity to nominate a pub from their constituency to be recognised as a fantastic boozer.

The award focuses on celebrating pubs in our communities, with the main criteria being a pub that is great at what they do, which can include the range of beer or food provided, the dedication to serving the local community or a specialism in music or sports.

Six Bury pubs were nominated with the Old White Lion coming out on top in a close competition, closely followed by the Rose & Crown on Manchester Old Road and Stanley’s of Tottington.

The Old White Lion is currently at risk of losing its character with new owners Craft Union Pub Company, a subsidiary of Ei Group, proposing to turn it into a sports bar.

James said:

“Pubs play an important role in the social fabric of our town. We had a close battle with over 500 votes cast but I’m proud to nominate the Old White Lion which is a proper community pub loved by so many punters across Bury.

“I met with the team at the pub to announce their victory and discuss their efforts to preserve the Old White Lion as a community pub. I’ve written to the brewery to ask them to come to Bury to hear the views of the pubs many loyal customers before moving forward with any plans which could destroy its character and lose its loyal customer base and I look forward to hosting them soon.”

The Old White Lion will now go on to the national awards ceremony in Parliament later this year where it will compete with pubs from across the country for the regional and national awards.

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