A TRADITIONAL pub is celebrating after it was named the Best Pub in the county in an annual awards ceremony.

The Carpenters Arms on Church View, Felixkirk near Thirsk beat off hundreds of other pubs in the coveted category in this year’s National Pub and Bar Awards.

The pub, which also has ten bedrooms for staying guests, features its own restaurant which is open throughout the week.

The Carpenters Arm’s General manager Paulo Pinto said: “We are overjoyed to gain this recognition once again and it is a tribute to the hard work of all at the inn to provide a warm welcome and delicious food.”

Mr Pinto had previously worked at The Punch Bowl Inn at Marton-Cum-Grafton, which achieved the same award in last year’s National Pub and Bar Awards.

The pub is part of a chain which runs several pubs across North Yorkshire.

Mr Pinto added: “Well I’ve been with Provenance Inns and Hotels for three-years.

“But I have been running this pub since last year.

“I’d say it’s the attention to details, looking after people, getting the right staff that helps – so that we can be the best.”

A spokesperson for Provenance Inns and Hotels said: “Situated in the heart of the village of Felixkirk, the Carpenters Arms is a traditional pub which overlooks the beautiful Vale of Mowbray providing a spectacular backdrop for a relaxed and delicious meal, along with a tiered terrace, a great spot for al-fresco dining.

“In common with the other Provenance Inns, its menus offer classic dining with locally sourced ingredients, such as Yorkshire beef and lamb.”

Mr Pinto and some of his 20-strong team will officially collect their award at a ceremony in London.

15 winners from across the country, who have won regional titles, will meet on Wednesday, May 22.