The pub was acquired by Robinsons Brewery in 2015 and has continued to go from strength to strength since then. Throughout its 600-year residence, the pub has witnessed a large amount of the town’s generous history; including strong ties with Lancaster Castle. The 15th century pub is one of only two sites in Britain with an original gravity-fed cellar, and is the only cellar to be chilled by the natural spring trickling through from the castle rock. It is also rumoured that prisoners were taken to the pub for a ‘last drink’ with their families, led from the castle dungeons through a rumoured hidden passage. The Three Mariners, then known as The Red Lion, would even hold those awaiting The Pendle Witch Trials of 1612 in its first-floor cellar.
Dominic Leighton, licensee of The Three Mariners (pictured above), explains: “I am amazed to receive the award, it was a very nice surprise. Over the last four years we have built up an amazing customer base and it is them that enable us to do this. I’ve got the best bunch of staff you could ask for and an amazing team of chefs in the kitchen. Thank you to Robinsons for ensuring that we've continued to get a great selection of ales, and for helping us to expand to having nine hand-pulls as well, which has really helped to set us apart from the competition.”
The Three Mariners celebrated with a Lunesdale CAMRA Pub of the Year presentation and buffet at the pub last week, where the licensee joyfully received the well-deserved award.
Steve Robinson, Business Development Manager for Robinsons Brewery, said: “The Three Mariners is a great example of a pub that has embraced its past whilst looking towards the future. I am delighted to have had the chance to work with Dominic and his team and I’m pleased to see the success of their hard work paying off”.