Jubilant staff and regulars at a popular Ripley pub are raising a glass after being named The News’ Best Bar of the Year 2014.
The Angel on Crossley Street, proved it was the best bar none when it was named winner of the prestigious title after a vote by readers.
Owner Peter Clay said he was overwhelmed by winning the title.
He said: “To win the award is just amazing. It is such an honour to know that our customers really value the hard work we have put into making The Angel a friendly and welcoming watering hole for all.
“We hope we can continue to keep people happy and become more successful in the years to come.”
The Angel is independently run and located just a few minutes walk from Ripley’s market place.
It is instantly recognisable from the eight-foot golden angel statue above the entrance, which was previously used on the set of the soap opera Crossroads.
Part of the bar’s charm is its unique appearance.
Built in 1888, the building appears to look like an old chapel or church from the outside.
But the premises have never had any religious or church background.
In fact, far from it. It was originally built as a ‘Men Only’ club and this was the case up to February 2004 until Peter bought the property.
The bar offers live music, karaoke and comedy nights and is becoming famous far and wide for its Christmas decorations.
Last year it boasted 53 Christmas trees of various sizes. The largest, which was 22ft tall, cost over £1,000 including decorations.
The News’ Best Bar 2014 competition was launched on October 30, and revellers and pub-goers sent in nominations by post, text and email before The Angel came out as the overall winner from many popular pubs and bars.