Countryman’s wins CAMRA award for second year running

The Countryman’s Inn at Hunton has been named the North West Yorkshire Branch CAMRA Pub of the Year for the second year running.

The judges described the pub as “a thriving and very welcoming village pub at the centre of its community that supports a wide variety of activities, with knowledgeable, helpful staff there to help you find a real ale that suits your taste.”

The pub is run by Dan Male and Lisa Lowry.

Lisa said: “We are proud to have been awarded first place in our CAMRA region for the second year running.

“With so many great pubs serving fantastic ales in our area, it really is humbling.”

In second place was the Coverbridge Inn near Middleham and in third, the Exelby Green Dragon.

A spokesperson for the CAMRA branch said: “It was a close-run vote as all three pubs offer a good, well kept and varied range of real ales sourced mainly from Yorkshire breweries.

“The bar has certainly been raised with each pub having its own unique character and charm, two of them are owned by the community, very much the social hub of the villages.”

The pubs in the competition are selected by CAMRA volunteers and judged on the quality of the beer, atmosphere, decor, welcome, service, and community focus.