Last week, our local CAMRA branch caught the bus to Ormskirk to present the Lancashire Pub of the Year award to the Farmers Club in Burscough Street. This unusual colonnaded building was built in 1830 as a dispensary, and operated as such until the opening of the local cottage hospital. It became the Farmers Club in 1898, so the club has quite a history. When we arrived, we noticed that the A-board was already proudly proclaiming the club's new status. The front doors open into a foyer that houses a full-size snooker table (which you can just make out in the picture below) and has a raised glass ceiling, with the bar to the left and a seating area with dart board to the right. It is an in interesting place, which I'd never heard of previously, even though I lived near Ormskirk for a few years. Our chair, Ian Garner, presented Elaine Gore, the Club Manager for more than 20 years, with her award, and complimented the club for having such an individual building and for serving real ale. The beers that were on were Tetley Bitter and a changing guest, which happened to be a Tetley seasonal, Midsummer Madness - nothing special, perhaps, but apparently what the club's members like.