A NORTH-EAST pub is celebrating after it was made pub of the year in a company's nationwide awards.

The Mill House, near Washington, Wearside, won the accolade in Scottish and Newcastle (S&N) Pub Enterprises' Warm Welcome Awards.

As winner of the title, Carl McDonald received a plaque and £5,000 of holiday vouchers.

An S&N Pub Enterprises spokesman said Mr McDonald had transformed the pub, which now features a restaurant and a jazz bar on the first floor.

The pub was commended for being well-managed, and for its friendly atmosphere and its food.

Mr McDonald, helped by a team of dedicated staff, has overseen the pub for five years. He said: "We are as pleased as punch to have won this fantastic award. I believe in offering customers a stylish, quality service in an inviting, friendly atmosphere."

Mr McDonald plans to visit South Africa with his winnings.