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Loughborough’s Swan in the Rushes pub has been honoured in a national vote organised by the licensed trade’s newspaper, the Morning Advertiser. In a poll of the 200 leading lights in the industry, the pub, which has been part of the Leicestershire real ale scene for nearly 25 years, came third among a short list of over 230 pubs across the UK.

“This is great achievement for us all to be recognised by industry luminaries in this way,” says pub manager, Ian Bogie. “We’re delighted to have beaten some very stiff competition. The staff and customers have all played a role over many years making the Swan in the Rushes what it is today and we’re all very proud to bring this award to Loughborough.

“The judging acknowledges that our range of drinks is head above the competition in the town, and they even make a note of our weekly quiz where it’s not unusual to see building workers taking on, and beating, university lecturers.

“I believe our new extension has also played a part in this award along with the pub food classics we prepare on the premises from local produce.”

Fourth in the Morning Advertiser poll was The Taps in Lytham, Lancashire, where Castle Rock’s Harvest Pale is a regular on the bar.