A PUB has received a timely boost amid doom and gloom for the industry after it was praised for its cider.

The Wellington Inn in Loppergarth, near Ulverston, was presented with Furness Campaign for Real Ale’s cider pub of the year award.

Members of the real ale group praised the pub’s community feel and quality of its drinks.

The pub has its own microbrewery and is run by Darran Healey.

Furness Camra chairman Dave Stubbins said: “It’s an excellent community pub.

“Darran runs an excellent house and brews some superb beer.

“There is also an excellent range of ciders

“Ciders are becoming more and more popular in the area, with a number of great small producers.

“I think it’s brilliant, it’s a really good pub.”

Mr Stubbins said he had visited the pub himself a number of times and that it was a favourite for members having received the same award last year.

“The pub industry is suffering with the 10pm curfew and the pandemic in general but Darran seems to be making a great fist of it,” he said.

“We are very, very lucky to have so many really good pubs in the area.”

The award was decided upon by members at the end of 2019 and took months to be presented due to the Covid-19 lockdown.

The Old Friends Inn at Soutergate, also near Ulverston, was awarded pub of the year by the group.

The Roa Island Boating Club was named as Furness Camra’s club of the year.