Cheers! Bankrupt pub saved by villagers is voted Britain's best boozer

David Harding
Britain’s best pub: The George and Dragon in Hudswell (PA)

A North Yorkshire village pub previously threatened with closure after the owners went bankrupt has been named Britain’s best boozer.

The George & Dragon in Hudswell, North Yorkshire, closed in 2008 after the owners went bankrupt, but regulars formed a co-operative to buy and refurbish it before it reopened in 2010.

It has now been named Pub of the Year by the Campaign for Real Ale (Camra).

The pub also includes a library, a shop and free internet.

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The pub serves also serves as a community centre (PA)

When it closed in 2008, the village, on the fringes of the Yorkshire Dales, was left with no facilities other than a community hall.

Locals clubbed together to re-open the George and Dragon and make sure that when it re-opened it would offer more than a traditional pub.

As well as acting as a meeting place and venue, it is now home to the village library, a local shop staffed by volunteers, community allotments and free internet access for its patrons.

Landlord Stu Miller (PA)

Awarding it Britain’s best pub, Camra said it was “particularly impressed with the pub’s warm and welcoming atmosphere and strong community ethos”.

Landlord Stu Miller said the pub was thrilled to win.

“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.

The pub is on the edge of the picturesque Yorkshire Dales (PA)

“We’re a small Yorkshire Dales pub, owned by the community and run by me and my family, I’m extremely proud of what our little pub has achieved.”

Pub of the Year organiser 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.”

The Salutation Inn in Ham, Gloucestershire, the Stanford Arms in Lowestoft, Norfolk, and the Swan with Two Necks in Pendleton, Lancashire, were all named runners-up in the competition.

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