AWARD winning pub The Cricketers Arms has put in an offer to take over Billinge pub the Hare and Hounds.

Fresh from their recent Howzat brewery launch and plans to launch a restaurant upstairs, Cricks owners Andy and Denise Evans have announced that they have put in an offer to take the reins of Billinge local the Hare and Hounds on Upholland Road.

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Announcing the news via Facebook, Andy said: "Just keeping people in the loop we have put a offer in to take over the Hare and Hounds, love this pub.

"We will find out in a couple of weeks if we have got it, keeping fingers crossed that this is going a be the cricks sister pub."

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Andy with council leader David Baines at the recent launch of the brewery

The Cricketers Arms have had a lot of success in recent years having been named CAMRA's Pub of the Year in 2018.

Andy and Denise Evans took over the running of the boarded up Peter Street pub in 2013, and turned it round from a venue that hadn’t served cask ale since the 1980s.

It's now a well-established community pub with loyal regulars who enjoy an excellent selection of 13 locally sourced cask ales and up to 20 ciders in the summer.

The venue regularly win awards, and currently hold the title of Merseyside Pub of the Year 2019.