A popular town centre pub which has won a slew of awards received a certificate of recognition at the inaugural I Love MCR Awards.

The Fox and Pine pub on Greaves Street has several impressive titles to its name already in the short time it has opened.

Chris and Michelle Riley opened the pub when Covid restrictions were relaxed and has since gone on to win numerous awards.

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It was awarded "Pub of the Year" in Rochdale, Oldham and Bury last year and was crowned the region's best in the category Greater Manchester's Pub of the Year, by the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) in August this year.

It also featured in CAMRA's "good beer guide" for at least two years on the bounce. 

The Rileys were then shortlisted for another award at the inaugural I Love Manchester Awards in the category of "Most Loved Pub".

Other shortlisted pubs included The Black Friar, Britons Protections, The Deansgate, The Metropolitan Didsbury, The Old Nags Head, The Peveril of the Peak and Sam's Chop House.

During the ceremony on Wednesday, November 23 at the Diecast venue on Ducie Street, the Fox and Pine received a certificate of recognition and were crowned a finalist for the award.

A live stream of the event via the I Love Manchester Instagram page revealed The Black Friar pub took home the winning trophy as the "most loved pub" in the region.

In a post on social media, the Rileys said they were feeling "a bit overwhelmed" to have been nominated and reach all the way to the finals.

They added: "This stuff doesn't happen to pubs in Oldham."

A photograph shows the pair were handed a certificate in recognition of "making a difference in Greater Manchester community and culture", signed by Cllr Yasmin Dar, Lord Mayor of Manchester, and Chris Greenhalgh, founder of I Love MCR.

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