THERE'S no special secret to running a good boozer.
Just ask Debbie and David Whiteley ...
The pair are delighted to have picked up the award for Yorkshire's Best Local, from brewery giant Tetleys for The Boot and Shoe Inn at Scholes, Holmfirth.
It's great because the pair have been in the pub - their first - for less than two years.
And it's also a fitting tribute to the hard work they have put in to make the pub the centre of life in the village.
Customers nominated Debbie and David and the Boot and Shoe went on a list of 1,500 entries for the Top Tetleys Local 2004.
The top five, based on votes received, were shortlisted and then an undercover teams of brewery experts visited the pub.
"We had no idea they were coming," said a proud Debbie.
"They came unannounced to have a few drinks, check on the range and quality of beer and sample the atmosphere.
"I'm over the moon that we have won. We have only been here 18 months, having moved from Scholes WMC next door but one, where we had been stewards for three years.
"It's our first pub and we have enjoyed making it a focal point for the whole village.
"We're a proper, drinkers' local. The only food we have is what I prepare if we have a darts match or a charity night.
"But people come here for the beer and David is fanatical about how that is kept and served.
"We are involved with local events and we do a lot of work to support the school, the playgroup, local charities and local sports teams, including Underbank Rugby League team, who we sponsor."
Customers agree with the award.
Dave Boothroyd, who lives across the road, said: "People make pubs, both behind the bar and on this side.
"The Boot is clean, friendly and welcoming. If a stranger calls in they are made to feel at home right away".
And regular Ken Bill agreed, saying: "They keep a great pint, too."
Robin Chaplin, of the judges, said: "It is a traditional pub that has incorporated modern trends, such as widescreen TV for sport.
"We were impressed with the community spirit, the great family atmosphere and, of course, the quality of the beer!"