THE Rat Inn has added another arrow to its quiver after picking up a national award from team behind the Sawday’s pub guide.

The cosy Anick hostelry won an award in the ‘local, seasonal and organic produce’ category and in the process was anointed one of the best 15 pubs in the country.

Now in its 12th year, Sawday’s best-selling guide to pubs, Special Places: Pubs and Inns of England & Wales , contains information about more than a thousand of Britain’s best pubs.

The three winners of the Local, seasonal and organic produce award have a passion for actively sourcing seasonal foods from high-quality suppliers. The two other winners are Jacob’s Inn in Wolvercote, Oxfordshire, and The Queen’s Arms in Corton Denham, Dorset.

Managing director Toby Sawday said: “Competition for our annual awards has never been fiercer - these 15 winners really embody the Sawday’s spirit, demonstrating creativity and excellence in a changing and challenging industry.”