Hull's best local, The Clarendon, toasts Queen at Diamond Jubilee party
REGULARS of a city pub enjoyed a right royal knees-up after winning the Mail's Best Local competition.
The Clarendon Pub in Londesborough Street, west Hull, was given the title.
Owner Steve Ullah was given £1,000, which he used to throw a Jubilee-themed party.
Mr Ullah said: "We had an English buffet during the day and an Indian buffet at night.
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"There were also two artists to entertain people. Kenny Barton was on first, he is an all-round entertainer.
"Then Skatones, who play a mix of saxophone, reggae, UB40 and Madness, came on."
Mr Ullah won after pubgoers voted it the best local following a competition in the Mail.
Second place went to the New Griffin in Anlaby Road, west Hull, and in third place was the Constable Arms in Sproatley.
Landlords were invited to spend the cash however they wanted.
Mr Ullah, wife Beverley, and son Steve Jnr, bought the pub three years ago.
"It was derelict and in need of a total refurbishment," he said. "We had everything out.
"Fifty-four tonnes of rubble came out and we managed to clear it all in eight weeks.
"We opened three years ago at Easter."
Mr Ullah says he was surprised to win and praised his regular customers for their generosity and loyalty.
"The regulars are great, everyone looks after each other here," he said.
"We raise a lot of money for various charities and, in the past, we have sent those who need a break away on holiday.
"That's what kind of pub it is, everyone helps each other."
Locals are regularly treated to themed nights, including Indian, Greek and Jamaican.
Mr Ullah says the lounge is turned into a restaurant for three-course meals.
But it was decked with red, white and blue bunting for this special occasion as regulars held a party to remember.
"I think it helps us being on the route to the KC Stadium," said Mr Ullah.
"We have our regulars, then our two-week regulars, as we call them, who are part of the football and rugby crowds.
"We were even getting texts from Halifax after away fans who drink here somehow heard about the competition."
Billy Hoe, 58, is a regular at the pub.
He said: "It is a family-run pub, which has been based on the community around it.
"Everyone is friendly and it is a great place.
"The Jubilee party was a beautiful event.
"Everyone from the estate was there having a great time.
"It went fantastic, there was a free buffet and an Indian meal in the evening."