A MERSEY pub is toasting success after being hailed as one of Britain's best.
The Freshfield in Formby has made the top 16 in the Pub of the Year competition run by the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA).
The 'Freshy' was named regional finalist for Merseyside and Cheshire and will now vie for the national title with the winner revealed next February.
CAMRA praised “enlightened licensees” Simon Cox and Steve Gregory for beer quality and community focus.
The managers, both in their 30s, have run the pub on behalf of brewer and retailer Greene King for 18 months.
Mr Gregory, from Wallasey, said: “It was our dream pub because of our passion for real ale. We're amazingly proud.“
He said a recent refit had allowed the pub to widen clientele without losing any of its trademark character.
He said: “What Greene King have done is a really sympathetic refurbishment with an amazing dining room and menu.
“The food has taken off and complemented the bar and the beers fantastically.”
The Freshfield has already scooped the 2013 Pub of Year Award from CAMRA's Southport and West Lancs division.
Branch contact Mike Perkins said: “It's well worth a visit. You'll probably stay too long and drink too much beer.”
Mike said the 14 beer hand pumps on offer at The Freshfield was the highest in the region.