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Manchester's Lass O'Gowrie named best British pub

The Lass O'Gowrie
Image caption The pub's management team were praised for "building the pub's reputation as a venue"

A Manchester pub known for its vintage video game machines and upstairs theatre has been named Pub of the Year.

The Lass O'Gowrie on Charles Street took the title at the Great British Pub Awards in London.

It was also named Best Live Music and Entertainment Pub at the awards ceremony on Thursday.

Manager Lisa Connor said staff had "worked tirelessly to make the pub a success and this is a wonderful reward for all the hard work".

The annual awards are given by the licensing trade publication, The Publican's Morning Advertiser.

The paper's editor Rob Willock said the pub attracted "customers from all walks of life and it is this that made it the judges' choice".

'Creative resilience'

In giving the award, the judges praised Ms Connor and landlord Gareth Kavanagh for "building the pub's reputation as a venue and organising a huge number of events".

Image caption Ms Connor said the pub's "future looks very bright indeed"

The panel said the pub had "responded positively [to] the challenge of losing a large chunk of custom with the departure of BBC Manchester headquarters to Salford".

The judges said they were particularly impressed with the pub's "creative resilience", which has seen it open an upstairs theatre bar for poetry and drama performances and become a base for numerous clubs and organisations, including ones celebrating retro video games and Doctor Who.

Ms Connor said winning the award was "fantastic" and the "future looks very bright indeed".

"We will be putting the award behind the bar for our customers to see," she said.

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