A Huddersfield pub is proved to be the best of British.

The Rat & Ratchet in Chapel Hill has been named Best Cask Beer Pub in the Great British Pub Awards.

It’s a proud honour, as the competition is organised by the pub trade’s own newspaper, the Morning Advertiser.

And it meant a glittering night out in London for mine hosts Richard Prest and Lisa Handforth, who joined publicans from around the country at the Hilton Hotel on Park Lane.

The Rat and Ratchet, Chapel Hill, Huddersfield
The Rat and Ratchet, Chapel Hill, Huddersfield
 

Richard said: “It’s fantastic news, not only for the pub and for the brewery for for all the team who work here, and also for all the customers”

A spokesman for the competition organisers said: “Judges were impressed with how our 2014 winners have breathed new life into a scruffy old boozer.

“Pub veterans Richard and Lisa arrived 16 months ago at the Rat and their vision impressed the owners, Ossett Brewery, which has made sizeable investments this year.

“Richard has gone from Marston’s to Wadworth to Ossett Brewery, collecting a lot of experience on the way and he is obsessively thorough and proud of his cellar.

“Externally, the outlet is an archetypal city-centre pub, but inside is a welcoming, smartly decorated haven. A ‘quiet’ room at the back is an attractive space if you’re in for a chat — otherwise, customers can take full advantage of the vintage pinball machine and vinyl jukebox. Volume growth in cask sales has increased by 26% in the past 12 months.

“Twelve hand-pulled beers are on offer. The most successful is White Rat, brewed downstairs, which is pale and hoppy, and there’s always a stout on. Ten part-time staff are taught how to spot beer that is off and how to describe a new beer to the customer, while staff tasting sessions are regular events.

“Richard also runs ‘Meet the Brewer’ evenings, when they do a cellar tour and tastings”.