A community pub that was closed for two years has made the ultimate comeback by winning the prestigious CAMRA Pub of the Year title.
The George & Dragon is the only pub in the village of Hudswell, North Yorkshire. It looked to be closed for good in 2008 but the determined local community pooled their resources to get it open again in 2010 through cooperative ownership.
Since then it has become a vibrant hub serving not only as a pub but also as the village library and the local shop. It also hosts community allotments and provides free internet access to its guests.
It even received a royal visit a few years back when HRH Prince Charles visited as part of his role with Pub is the Hub, which advised the community when it was buying the pub. It was re-opened in 2010 by former Foreign Secretary William Hague, who is also a member of the co-op.
Licensee Stu Miller (below) said: "Since we took over the George & Dragon in 2014 we've strived to achieve our vision for the pub - a small friendly Dales village pub serving first rate beers and wholesome food. To be appreciated for these goals by our customers and CAMRA is extremely satisfying and makes all the hard work worthwhile.
"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."
Stu received the prize today from CAMRA, who were impressed with how it has been saved by the community and is now a vital local resource.