Recognition for village pub saved by local community

The Travellers Rest.

A latest Richmondshire village pub to be bought and reopened by the local community has received national recognition.

CAMRA (the Campaign for Real Ale) has given a highly commended in the Pub Saving Award to the Travellers Rest in Skeeby.

The award recognises people who have come together to save a pub that would have otherwise been demolished or converted to another use.

Stiff competition meant the Skeeby pub did not take first place, but volunteers say the highly commended award still acknowledges all the hard work and investment of the community, which saved the Travellers Rest from being converted into a house after it was bought by a property developer in 2010.

The community owned pub re-opened its doors in May this year after being closed for almost 15 years and is now a thriving hub for the village, boasting home cooked food, theme nights, local ales, a large beer garden with quoits pitches and a revamped interior.

The pub is also a gallery space for local artists and continues to support small business and raise funds for local causes through a variety of activities.

Secretary of Skeeby Community Pub Society, Kay Richardson said: “When you’re sat in front of the log burner with a glass of wine it’s easy to forget the past decade of campaigning, fighting planning applications, gathering investment, and the mammoth task of refurbishing the building which had been entirely gutted by the previous owner.

“We would not be here if it wasn’t for a small group of passionate locals who established the Skeeby Community Pub Society back in 2010, and we’re incredibly proud that everyone’s efforts to bring our pub back to life have been recognised at a national level.”

 

If you’re planning a visit to the Travellers Rest, opening hours and menus can be found on the website www.thetravellersrestskeeby.co.uk.