Horley pub named as one of UK’s ‘best 200’

David and Natasha Morris of the Red Lion in Horley collect their award last Wednesday. NNL-150904-162116001
David and Natasha Morris of the Red Lion in Horley collect their award last Wednesday. NNL-150904-162116001

The Red Lion in Horley has been declared to be one of the best 200 local pubs in the country by the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA).

Members of CAMRA branches across the UK visited pubs to find the best ones in their area, based on decor, value for money, customer service, as well as the quality of their real ale.

The Red Lion was judged by the North Oxfordshire branch to be its Pub of the Year for 2015, earning it a place in CAMRA’s 200 Local Pubs of the Year.

The Red Lion has been run by husband and wife David and Natasha Morris for more than 10 years and remains one of very few pubs in Banburyshire not to serve food.

David said: “It’s wonderful to be recognised by CAMRA.

“People often say we serve better quality beers than other pubs and I tell them it’s not rocket science, it’s just down to hours of hard work.

“I think we also won because of the ambience inside the pub, and we have to thank our customers for that.” CAMRA shortlisted eight pubs in north Oxfordshire before choosing the Red Lion as its winner. The runner-up was the Pear Tree Inn, Hook Norton, and third place went to The Bell Inn, Adderbury. As a branch winner, the Red Lion will go forward to battle it out in regional heats to decide the National Pub of the Year, the winner of which will be announced in early 2016.