The Hexham Courant asked its readers through its social media accounts to recommend their favourite pub in Tynedale – and hundreds of people took the opportunity to do so.

But which of the numerous excellent watering holes the district is blessed with received the most recommendations?

Topping the list was the Crown Inn, in Humshaugh, although it was a very close call. Manager David Harding said: “We do an awful lot through Facebook now and hosting a lot more events, so it is good to get feedback through social media. What makes the recommendations better is that it came from customers.”

When leaving recommendations, we asked readers to explain their reasons why they enjoyed that particular pub.

Jambo Watters said: “The Crown in Humshaugh is fantastic. Good food, very good beers and near perfect Guinness. Sunday lunches are bang on and the extra events weekly and monthly are incredible. 10/10.”

Meanwhile, Paul Stafford, said: “Sixty-seven-mile round trip for me, and I go up as much as I can. Amazing staff and a lovely atmosphere.”

Just missing out on top spot was the Heart of Northumberland, in Hexham, with the Black Bull, in Matfen, a close third. The Rat Inn, in Anick, which recently celebrated a seventh successive listing in the national Top 50 Gastro Pubs guide, received the fourth highest number of recommendations.

Making up the top five was the County Hotel, in Hexham. The Globe Inn, also in Hexham, was sixth in the list, Greenhaugh’s Holly Bush Inn was seventh, the Barrasford Arms eighth and the Ship Inn, in Wylam, was listed ninth.

Making up the top 10 was The Pele, in Corbridge. Also receiving multiple votes were the King’s Head (Allendale), the Fox Inn, (Hexham), Cart’s Bog, (Langley), Boatside Inn, (Warden), the Tannery, (Hexham), Rose and Crown,(Slaley), Bird in Bush, (Elsdon) and Dipton Mill Inn (Hexham).