Village pub is in UK’s top 100

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GLASSES have been raised to a Cloughton pub, after it was chosen as one of the top 100 in the country.

The Blacksmiths Arms was named in the Sunday Telegraph’s guide to the nation’s best boozers, which was compiled in association with Famous Grouse whisky.

Jill Armitage, a chef who has worked the pub for 22 years, said: “Everyone was absolutely delighted when we found out.

“We didn’t know until the list was published. We’ve got the plaque now and we’ve hung it in the entrance to the pub where everyone can see it.

“We sent an email when we saw in a magazine that they were looking for the top 100 pubs, but we didn’t expect to hear anything back.”

In the guide, the 250-year-old pub’s history was praised, as was its oak-beamed dining room and the food.

The Blacksmiths Arms made national headlines last May when the Queen and Prince Phillip enjoyed their first ever pub lunch at the venue.

The royal couple were served fresh gala melon fan, locally-sourced fresh salmon, lemon meringue pie and a Yorkshire cheese board with biscuits.

A team of four chefs prepared the meal, which won royal approval.

“People still talk about that all the time,” Jill added. “We’ve got an album of that day and it comes out quite often. A lot of people are interested.”