George & Dragon named Yorkshire Pub of the Year for third year in row

The George & Dragon in Hudswell has been named Yorkshire Pub of the Year 2018 for the third year in a row.

The pub is owned by Hudswell Community Pub Limited, which was formed in 2010 to buy, refurbish, and reopen the only pub in the village.

It has achieved this and gone on to develop the pub as a hub for a wide range of activities and services.

Stuart Miller has been running the pub since July 2014.

The pub is described in the CAMRA Good Beer Guide 2018 as: “Homely, two-roomed village inn, it features its own library, shop, allotments and other local facilities as well as great food.

“A large beer terrace to the rear offers stunning panoramic views over the Swale Valley.”

Wensleydale Falconer Session Bitter and either Northallerton Dark or Rudgate Ruby Mild are always available.

Three regularly changing guest beers, sourced locally, are also available.

The Kelham Island Tavern in Sheffield was a joint runner-up in the competition, along with the Victorian Craft Beer Cafe in Halifax.

Ten handpumps dispense eight real ales and two real ciders.

CAMRA’s Yorkshire regional director, Kevin Keaveny, said “The result of this year’s competition shows that pubs situated in villages, former industrial areas, and town centres can all be recognised for the efforts made by enthusiastic and hard-working management and staff.”

The licensees of the George & Dragon and the Victorian Craft Cafe Bar will be presented with framed certificates by Peter Goddard, CAMRA’s deputy regional director.

The 18 entries for this year’s title were visited by individual members of a judging panel over a four month period.

Each nomination was scored against strict criteria that included an emphasis on the quality and choice of real ale, style/decor, and service and value.