Star Pubs and Bars has presented licensee Paul Monk, of the Bowling Green Inn on Brook Street in Ashby-de-la-Zouch, with an award for his 35 years in service.
The group said that the long service award recognises the “contribution” Monk has made to the town and the pub.
One of the last traditional locals in Ashby-de-la-Zouch, the Bowling Green hosts events to “bring people together”, fundraising for good causes and putting on music nights that have helped launch many local bands.
Monk, who turns 70 in November, has recently extended his lease at the Bowling Green for another five years, so that he can reach his goal of “clocking up four decades”.
In addition, the venue has undergone a £27,000 refurbishment that has upgraded the interior and revamped the garden, creating the largest covered alfresco area in the town centre.
Alan Thornton, area manager at Star Pubs and Bars, said: “Despite all the changes in Ashby-de-la-Zouch since 1986, the Bowling Green has stood the test of time. It’s a tremendous achievement and all down to Paul’s hard work, dedication and TLC.
“He’s always thinking of his customers and never rests on his laurels. It’s a great honour to present this award. We wish Paul all the best for five more happy years at the Bowling Green.”