A pub that has raised thousands for good causes is now £5,000 better off and has won the title of 'Britain's most extraordinary pub'.

The Royal Oak in Linthwaite, Huddersfield, was handed the prize by TV star Paddy McGuinness after winning a search conducted by beer John Smith's and newspaper group Trinity Mirror.

Readers from across the country sent in hundreds of nominations for pubs which, although seemingly ordinary at first glance, have an extraordinary story to tell.

Landlady, Jeanne Brennan, has been running The Royal Oak for 14 years. As well as running quizzes, regular seasonal events, charity fundraisers and live music nights, the pub has raised more than £36,000 for good causes since she took over.



Her customers said Jeanne goes out of her way to tirelessly help people in the area. She plans to use the prize money to help establish a 'Home Alone Club,' ensuring those who live on their own have events to look forward to in the local community.

Ifeoma Dozie, beer brand director at Heineken brand owner John Smith's, says: "This campaign shows without a doubt, that pubs in the UK are so much more than a place to enjoy a pint – they are at the heart of their local community."