A POPULAR pub has been awarded top marks after an inspection from the Food Standards Agency.

The Flying Pig, in the picturesque Bowness area, was given a five-star rating by the national agency that looks after food hygiene ratings across the UK.

It assesses the hygiene levels of restaurants, takeaways, food shops, and cafes.

The scoring system goes from 0 to 5, with five meaning ‘very good’.

Alan Mather, High Spirits operations manager, which owns The Flying Pig, said: “We work tirelessly to ensure the food hygiene standards at the Flying Pig are maintained to the highest levels. The top possible rating for food hygiene from South Lakeland District Council demonstrates our long-standing commitment to food hygiene and highlights the efforts we go to make sure that the food we serve to our customers is honest, safe and ultimately delicious.”