Golden Lion picks up our Best Bar award

Richard Shilcock, Kevin Monk, Sarah Powell and sisters Sonya Harvey and Donna Freeman
Richard Shilcock, Kevin Monk, Sarah Powell and sisters Sonya Harvey and Donna Freeman

Two sisters who took over a Wellingborough pub about six months ago have scooped the Telegraph’s Bar of the Year award.

The Golden Lion, in Sheep Street, was taken over by Sonya Harvey and Donna Freeman earlier this year.

Sonya was the pub’s former head chef and said she was absolutely delighted to hear the pub had been voted the best bar in the north of the county by Telegraph readers.

She said: “We are really pleased, everyone here is delighted.”

Sonya said she and here sister have very much enjoyed the challenge of taking over the pub and running it.

She added: “Donna and I run the pub as a team.

“It’s a bit of a family affair because my daughter works here as well.”

She added that she put’s the award, and the success of the pub, down to its food.

“The food is really good and we do a nice range of ales, which are all really well kept,” she said. “It’s a really nice place for people to come and have a drink while they relax and catch up with friends and family.

“The feedback we get from customers is always really good and we are really pleased with the reviews we get on websites like Trip Advisor.”

Apart from its food and ale offering, the pub has a number of special evenings during the week which have proved popular.

Sonya said: “We have a pub quiz every Thursday night which is really popular. We usually get about ten teams entering that.

“On Fridays we have live music and every Saturday we have piano background music played by Dave Johnson, who can also perform requests.”

The pub employs 11 people and Sonya said they are a very close team.

She added: “We have a lot of fun and we enjoy making the customers feel welcome.”

For more information about the Golden Lion, visit its website at www.thegolden

Following the vote, No.3 Pub & Kitchen, in Silver Street, Kettering, was the runner-up, and The Coach and Horses, in Oxford Street, Wellingborough, finished third.

No.3 Pub and Kitchen opened its doors earlier this year after an extensive refurbishment. The Coach and Horses is no stranger to winning awards, having picked up the CAMRA award for the best perry and cider pub in Northamptonshire earlier this year.