In their report the judges said: “This splendid conversion of a former textile mill by local architects Charles Stanton is the centrepiece of a larger regeneration scheme.
“The bar in the machinery room is equally sympathetic, while the new additions combine a sturdy aesthetic with tongue-in-cheek humour typical of this part of Lancashire.
“Yes, the walls and floors are full of heritage ‘clutter’; but then the original mill’s working floors would have been littered with objects and belts, too.
“Even the bespoke smoking shelter in the car park was praised by one of the judges for ‘getting the industrial aesthetic absolutely spot-on.’ A worthy winner and a demonstration of how new pubs can transform a quarter.”
Although there is no official Guinness record for this category, the venue believes its 105 feet and eight inches long horseshoe-shaped counter, housing 42 artisan cask ales, is unsurpassed in the country.
Other winners were the Fitzroy Tavern in London’s Fitzrovia, the Greenwood in Northolt and the Sail Loft in Greenwich.