There was a golden prize in store for The Golden Bell after it won our coveted Best Bar award for 2014.
Famed for its warm, cosy atmosphere and traditional feel, the pub proved a favourite choice with readers of the LBO, who voted it ‘Best Bar’ in our circulation area.
Landlady and owner Sarah Jackson was delighted with the award.
She said: “It’s great, we’d just like to say thanks to all our customers for their loyalty and for voting for us, it’s brilliant. We do have lots of regulars!
“I think we’re a very friendly bar, women feel comfortable coming in by themselves, families come in. We have good service, clean standards, we just like to keep on top of everything!”
Sarah has been running The Golden Bell for the past 12 years and has worked hard to maintain its charming character.
She said: “We refurbish the place regularly and keep things up to a standard, but I do like the old beams, and I like to keep that going where possible.
“We have all the flowers out at the front and I think they always look nice as people walk past.”
The pub’s quaint facade dates back to the 18th century and is among the architectural landmarks in the town centre. The current inn sits on the site of a much older building.
It also boasts a Grade II listing by English heritage, with its interior containg a low beamed ceiling and rustic wooden furniture.
And keeping a fun and friendly atmosphere is equally important to win the Best Bar award. Sarah paid tribute to the staff that work there.
She said: “They’re not serving wenches or anything! But they do make it warm and welcome, it’s definitely a good team that we have here.”
The Golden Bell has also been named in the Good Beer Guide for the past four years and is known for its rotating selection of quality beers and real ales.
While the Golden Bell won the number one prize, there were a number of runners up for the Best Bar Award including The Unicorn in High Street, Cublington, which came in second place.
Another town centre pub, The Wheatsheaf in North Street, Leighton, came third in the competition.