The Bridgewater in Darwen has been recognised for the essential role it plays in the community. The Bridgewater is owned by Stonegate Pub Company, which won the title of ‘Best Community Pub Operator’ in the Publican Awards, a national awards ceremony that celebrates everything that’s great about the world of pubs and bars.


The pub, on Church Street, is very much at the heart of the community it serves. A friendly local that serves delicious food and great drinks, the Bridgewater prides itself on its first class customer service, which is reflected in the reviews it receives. Typical comments include: “it has an incredible atmosphere with great music to sing and dance along to”, “amazing bar staff and a great night out”, “a top venue, top staff who are always a laugh, a top sports bar” and “nice open pub, good range of drinks, good food menu, lots of screens to watch sport.”


In October 2018, The Bridgewater underwent a significant £154,000 investment and local MP Jake Berry and Councillor Pat McFall, Mayor of Blackburn with Darwen Council, popped in to see the new look venue. The pub now boasts modern décor, with an open plan bar area, a 75inch HD TV and seating booths which all have their own TV screens. The Bridgewater is the ultimate sports viewing venue for avid fans.

As well as sport, the Bridgewater hosts a variety of different events, from live music and DJs on Friday and Saturday nights, to family fun days. The pub also has an extensive menu with something to suit everyone, including vegetarian and vegan options, burgers and kids’ meals, as well as the popular tapas-style plank dishes.

General Manager, Gary Smith, said: “Our investment has made a huge difference, the open plan space and modern décor means that the bar is a versatile venue for all the different events we host. Pubs have a really important role to play in bringing the community together and I am absolutely delighted that we have been recognised as being the best community pub in the area. The team works really hard to make sure customers have a great time with us. If you haven’t paid us a visit recently, come on in, we’d love to see you!”


The Bridgewater, 9-10 Church Street, Darwen, BB3 2RE