We love a story with a happy ending, particularly when said story involves a pub, a library, a shop and – obviously – a community allotment.
So we were delighted to read the heartwarming tale behind Britain’s official best pub, the George & Dragon in Yorkshire, which was yesterday crowned the winner of the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA)’s Pub of the Year competition.
The establishment, which closed in 2008 and ceased trading, was bought by residents of the village of Hudswell who clubbed together to purchase the building and re-open it as a community co-operative.
The villagers worked together to relaunch the pub as a community space, and it now holds a library, a small shop, community allotments and, of course, the original pub, which has stunning views of the surrounding countryside.
In a statement, the CAMRA Pub of the Year coordinator, Paul Ainsworth, said, “The George & Dragon is a great example of how a pub has been resurrected as a true community asset.
“To go from closed doors to winning national Pub of the Year in just a few short years is a fantastic achievement for any pub – and all the more impressive for one that is cooperatively owned.”
Expressing his delight at winning the award, Stu Miller, pub manager, said, “We are truly thrilled to have been recognised by CAMRA with this award, it shows that hard work, good beer and the support of the community can help you achieve goals that seemed impossible only a short while ago.”
Judges of the award commended the pub’s welcoming atmosphere, community spirit and beer terrace as reasons for its win.
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The three other finalists up for the award were the Salutation Inn in Ham, the Stanford Arms in Lowestoft and the Swan with Two Necks in Pendleton.
Images: iStock, The George & Dragon