Sandy’s Beef & Ale has won the Best in Bucks 2018 Award for Best Bar/Pub. In a recent Facebook post, the restaurant announced their win and thanked their customers for their votes and support.

The post on Sandy’s Beef & Ale Facebook page.

“We won!!! Thank you to all our wonderful customers!!!,” the local bar posted. Owner Dave Guidon told WBCB he was amazed a community bar was able to beat out larger chain restaurants.

“For a small place to get that many votes from it’s customers, it’s definitely humbling,” Guidon said. “We’re like the Cheers of Langhorne. We build ourselves to be that place where family and friends meet.”

Known for its hand-carved “sandywiches” and casual dining atmosphere, the family-owned restaurant has been a community favorite for over 50 years. More recently, the bar has become known for its community involvement.

Through their Summer of Thanks program, Sandy’s was able to raise over $1,500 for community non-profits. The program, which collects 7-11 percent of food sales on Mondays for charity, donated those funds to local first responder and military organizations.

“We wanted to do something to give back to the people who help us and the community out,” Guidon said. “It was our first one and we did pretty good. We’re going to tweak it a little bit for next year and maybe get a celebrity bartender from each division to get in here and get a little more excitement, but we did good.”

In July, the bar announced that The Heroes’ Scholarship Fund — which provides scholarships to children of police officers, firefighters, corrections officers, rescue squad and emergency service personnel who are killed or permanently disabled in the line of duty — would be a recipient of that month’s funds.

Rep. Frank Farry (R-Bucks), who is also a board member of the scholarship fund, was invited to speak after the announcement due to his support and legislative advocacy for first responders.

Farry highlighted the importance of community support for first responders, in addition to ongoing legislative efforts.

WBCB’s Brianna Williams contributed to this post.