WETHERSPOON'S The Devonshire Inn, in Skipton, has gained the top rating for its levels of hygiene in the council’s 'Scores on the Doors' programme.

The pub, in Newmarket Street, was awarded a five-star 'very good' rating in November by officers from North Yorkshire Council.

Scores on the Doors aims to highlight hygiene standards in pubs, restaurants, take-aways and clubs across the borough.

Inspectors judge outlets on how hygienic and well-managed the food preparation at the premises is and each business is benchmarked against the same criteria namely: hygiene, structural and confidence in management.

The pub’s manager, Adam Duckworth, said: “We are delighted that we have gained the top rating and I’m sure our customers will welcome the news too.Standards of hygiene at the pub are of paramount importance.

“All of the staff work hard to ensure that the pub offers its customers the highest levels of hygiene at all time and we are delighted that our efforts have been recognised with the five-star rating.”