LOCAL NEWS - added 04/04/18 - THANET CAMRA CHANNEL LAUNCHES ON YOU TUBE WITH THE BEAUTIFUL "THE HARD WORKING BEER GLASS"
We now have our own You Tube channel to show off some of the moments captured through the medium of video at Beer Festivals, Social Events, Presentations etc.
The first one is called "The Hard Working Beer Glass" and is beer glass eye view of the recent 13th Planet Thanet Easter Beer Festival CLICK HERE to watch
LOCAL NEWS - added 03/04/18 - 13th PLANET THANET EASTER BEER FESTIVAL
The 13th Planet Thanet Easter Beer Festival has now been and gone and despite some challenging weather was well attended. The Beer Festival by Numbers will be published in the next day or so as will a gallery of photos.
It would not have been possible to put on the event without the volunteers, many hands helped set up the event, issue the tokens, serve the wares, sign up new members and ultimately take it down again over the 9 days. Your help is much appreciated and we hope you enjoyed yourselves as much as the people the other side of the bars.
LOCAL NEWS - added 28/03/18 - 3RD EDITION OF BEERY STEVE'S MINI GUIDE TO THANET PUBS NOW ADDED TO PUBLICATIONS PAGE
CLICK HERE to go to the page so you can download
LOCAL NEWS - added 28/03/18 - PRESENTATION TO PUB OF THE YEAR 2018 JOINT RUNNER UP - CONQUEROR ALEHOUSE
The third presentation from this year's Thanet CAMRA Pub of The Year competion was made last night to Colin and Debbie for being named joint runner up. Well done to you both. Pictured below is Jo Walbank presenting the certificate.
LOCAL NEWS - added 28/03/18 - 13TH PLANET THANET EASTER BEER FESTIVAL PREPARATIONS CONTINUE
The volunteers turned out in force to help get 170+ barrels of beer off the three deliveries and up on to the stillage. A great effort allowing the cooling equipment to be applied, plumbed in and all the leaking bits plugged...!!
Thanks to the volunteers for giving up your time.
LOCAL NEWS - added 26/03/18 - THE NAME OF ALL THE KENT REGION PUBS OF THE YEAR 2018 I.E. SHAUN & JACKIE'S COMPETITION..!!
The 9 branches of Kent have now announced their Pub of the Year for 2018. We wish all good luck in the next round. The five winners in the East will be judged by volunteer judges from the West branches and vice versa for the four winners in the West.
LOCAL NEWS - added 26/03/18 - PRESENTATION TO PUB OF THE YEAR 2018 JOINT RUNNER UP - OLD BAY ALEHOUSE
Great to see a crammed pub gather to witness Jo hand Phil and Kirsty their award for being named joint runner up in Thanet CAMRA's Pub of the Year 2018. And all of this the day before the first anniversary of their opening. Quite a year guys and much more to look forward to. CLICK HERE to see the presentation on video
LOCAL NEWS - added 21/03/18 - ALE OF THANET 1ST QUARTER 2018 MAGAZINE NOW AVAILABLE TO DOWNLOAD
CLICK HERE to download the PDF version
CLICK HERE to view the ISSUU version
LOCAL NEWS - amended 21/03/18 - DRAFT LISTS OF REAL ALE BEER, BOTTLE BAR AND CIDER/PERRIES NOW LOADED
CLICK HERE to see the Beer List **updated 21/03/18 08.54am** -
CLICK HERE to see the draft Cider and Perries List **updated 14/03/18 11.01am**
CLICK HERE to see the draft Bottle Bar List **updated 19/03/18 10.49am**
LOCAL NEWS - added 19/03/18 - GADDZUKES TO HEADLINE BEER FESTIVAL
We are delighted to confirm Gaddzukes will be performing both days at the beer festival CLICK HERE for further details
Never seen Gaddzukes then CLICK HERE for a taste of what to expect
LOCAL NEWS - added 19/03/18 - PRESENTATION TO PUB OF THE YEAR 2018 - THE TWO HALVES
A crammed pub of well wishers were witness to Shaun and Jackie receiving their certificate for being named Thanet CAMRA's Pub of the Year 2018. I think we can confirm Shaun was very pleased.....!
Pub of the Year 2018 - The Two Halves, 2 Marine Drive, Margate CT9 1DH https://whatpub.com/pubs/THA/195/two-halves-margate - Sunday 18th March 3pm
LOCAL NEWS - amended 19/03/18 - DRAFT LISTS OF REAL ALE BEER, BOTTLE BAR AND CIDER/PERRIES NOW LOADED
CLICK HERE to see the Beer List **updated 19/03/18 10.49am** - PLEASE NOTE THE BEERS HIGHLIGHTED IN YELLOW ARE SUBJECT TO AVAILABILITY - WE ARE AWAITING CONFIRMATION FROM THE SUPPLIER
CLICK HERE to see the draft Cider and Perries List **updated 14/03/18 11.01am**
CLICK HERE to see the draft Bottle Bar List **updated 19/03/18 10.49am**
LOCAL NEWS - added 12/03/18 - PRESENTATIONS TO PUB OF THE YEAR AND JOINT RUNNER UP
We are delighted to announce the presentation dates to be as follows:-
- Pub of the Year 2018 - The Two Halves, 2 Marine Drive, Margate CT9 1DH https://whatpub.com/pubs/THA/195/two-halves-margate - Sunday 18th March 3pm
- Joint Runner Up Pub of the Year 2018 - Old Bay Alehouse, 137 Minnis Road Birchington-on-Sea CT7 9NS https://whatpub.com/pubs/THA/221/old-bay-alehouse-birchington-on-sea - Friday 23rd March 6pm
- Joint Runner Up Pub of the Year 2018 - Conqueror Alehouse, 4c Grange Road, Ramsgate CT11 9LR https://whatpub.com/pubs/THA/025/conqueror-alehouse-ramsgate - Date TBC
LOCAL NEWS - added 12/03/18 - SOCIAL TO MINSTER
A disappointing turnout saw us venture to Minster-in-Thanet where we sampled the wares in Hair of the Dog, New Inn and the Royal British Legion Minster & Monkton. Thanks for your hospitality. Danny took the pictures so will no doubt get these into the next Ale of Thanet magazine if possible.
NATIONAL NEWS - added 08/03/18 - CAMRA AGM
Details of the CAMRA AGM 2018 Ordinary and Special Resolutions are being sent out to members as well as details of the Election for the National Executive.
Please take time to check your inbox and What's Brewing to take in the detail and most importantly the details of how you cast your vote either in person or by proxy.
Full details also available by clicking here from the What's Brewing website.
LOCAL NEWS - added 07/03/18 - DRAFT BEER (Rest of UK) AND CIDER/PERRIES LISTS NOW LOADED
CLICK HERE to see the draft Rest of the UK Beer List
CLICK HERE to see the draft Cider and Perries List
LOCAL NEWS - added 05/03/18 - THANET CAMRA's PUB OF THE YEAR ANNOUNCED
The decision has been made. We can now announce which of our wonderful pubs is to be the Pub of the Year for 2018.
LOCAL NEWS - added 01/03/18 - SOCIAL TO MARGATE
Last night saw five hardy souls brave the "Beast from the East" to visit Two Halves, Lifeboat, Fez and Mechanical Elephant.Check out Danny's report in the next Ale of Thanet magazine which is coming soon.
LOCAL NEWS - added 15/02/18 - AGM MINUTES
The minutes have been published to the Agenda and Minutes section of our website (drop down menu from About Us) - CLICK HERE to download the PDF
LOCAL NEWS - added 06/02/18 - AGM SUMMARY
Thanks again to the Red Lion, King Street, Ramsgate for hosting our Annual General Meeting. Again the meeting was well attended and below is a brief summary of what was discussed:-
Jo Walbank welcomed all to the meeting and summarised key activities from 2017
Previous minutes were approved
The accounts for the branch and Beer Festival were approved
Brewery Reports - a buoyant year with much to look forward to in 2018 including new breweries due to open
Pubs Report - sad closures of the Sportsman Cliffsend and The Orb Margate - Under threat is Seaview Birchington which has been sold but it is unclear whether it will remain as a pub - Openings Cinque Ports Margate, Banks Ale & Wine House Cliftonville, Old Bay Minnis Bay and the new 39 Steps Broadstairs. A misture of opening and closing is Grog Wench Westwood closing, reopening as Falcon Inn before closing again.
Social Secretary Report - appointed mid-year Danny enthuastically embraced the role with many events taken place already and many planned for the future - see website for details
Membership - numbers holding steady at 500+
Election of Officers and Committee - the majority of the existing remained with a small reshuffle in the pack to move Jez from Membership to Treasurer. Jo remains as chairperson, Dennis is secretary, Steve looks after pubs and the Ale of Thanet magazine and takes over from Damien as vice-Chair, Nick remains as website and social media, Julian picks up Membership as well as pub protection, Danny is the social secretary and Graham remains as Branch contact.
Debbie was awarded the Dick Parkin Memorial Tankard for her dedicated service to the branch over 15 years as she steps down from her role as Treasurer. Many thanks Debbie........you are a star.
Objectives for 2018 were agreed
LOCAL NEWS - added 29/01/18 - AGM AGENDA
NATIONAL NEWS - added 22/01/18 - REVITALISATION DESICION Q&A - Marden Village Club - 3rd March 2018 12pm
National Director Ben Wilkinson will be reporting back on the current status of the Revitalisation Project and taking all your burning questions.
For further information https://
VOLUNTEERS REQUIRED - added 02/01/18
With out the volunteers the beer festival will not go ahead....!!
LOCAL NEWS - added 13/12/17 - LATEST EDITION OF ALE OF THANET - ON-LINE EDITION AVAILABLE NOW
Ale of Thanet 4th Quarter 2017 PDF version CLICK HERE
Ale of Thanet 4th Quarter 2017 ISSUU version CLICK HERE
LOCAL NEWS - added 08/12/17 - BRANCH SOCIAL - Margate Mini-tour - 6th December 7.30pm
Many thanks to all who ventured out a school night, yes a school night social...!! Visited Harbour Arms, Wig and Pen, London Tavern and Fez (some when onto The Bottle Shop too) and was made most welcome. Check out the next edition of Ale of Thanet for more details.
Next date is Sunday 17/12 for a gathering in NAUTICALES to kick start Christmas which we would love to see you at. CLICK HERE FOR ALL FUTURE EVENTS
LOCAL NEWS - added 22/11/17 - BRANCH SOCIAL - St Peters & Broadstairs - 21st November 8pm
Many thanks to all who ventured out a school night, yes a school night social...!! Visited Yard of Ale, Four Candles, Mind the Gap and 39 Steps and was made most welcome. Check out the next edition of Ale of Thanet for more details.
Next date is Wednesday 6/12 for a mini tour of Margate which we would love to see you at. CLICK HERE FOR ALL FUTURE EVENTS
LOCAL NEWS - added 08/11/17 - BRANCH SOCIAL MEETING - Red Lion Ramsgate - 7th November 8pm
Many thanks to Mel and team for hosting our Branch Social Meeting. Quick summary of the meeting whilst Minutes are being produced:-
- Agenda/Minutes distribution - to be loaded onto website at the earliest opportunity but will be subject to volunteer current workload
- Finance - Deposit due to be paid to venue to secure location for 13th Planet Thanet Easter Beer Festival
- Membership - Locally we have risen to 579. Nationally the membership is racing towards 200k (currently 191,032)
- Social Report - Great events taken place and many more planned (see above)
- Kent Regional Meeting - Quick update from Regional meeting held in London Tavern Margate
- Pub Updates - Seaview reopened on a short term basis(?) - Presentation from David, owner of Old Cottage, High Street Margate with his plans.
- Breweries & Pub Chains - Presentation from David, owner of Margate Brewery to be based in basement of Old Cottage Pub. Equipment in and test brewing to commence early next year. Brewery Liasion Officers all reported in activities of new brews etc
- Good Beer Guide & Pub of the Year - Judges asked to begin submitting their scores with the deadline to be end of January.
- Branch Objectives - Asset of Community Value was discussed following recent planning/legal appeals which overturned local authority decisions allowing development of pubs - Ale of Thanet branch magazine content deadline 24/11
- Beer Festival - Progressing to plan
- AGM date confirmed as Saturday 3rd February 2017 starting promptly at 11.30am - venue has been narrowed down and will be confirmed very soon.
LOCAL NEWS - added 23/10/17 - SOCIAL - ST NICHOLAS AT WADE
Despite the best efforts of Brian we managed to avoid getting wet on a blustery day in St Nicholas at Wade where a good turn out sampled the wares of The Sun Inn, Wantsum Brewery Tap Room and The Bell Inn. We also presented the brewery with a certificate to celebrate their achievement of being named Beer of the Festival at Portsmouth & South East Hants CAMRA's Gosport 25th Winter Beer Festival in February.
CLICK HERE to read all about it.
LOCAL NEWS - added 06/10/17 - CIDER MONTH SOCIAL - CLIFTONVILLE & MARGATE
Last night saw us out and about in Cliftonville and Margate CLICK HERE to see where we went
LOCAL NEWS - added 25/9/17 - GREEN HOP BEER BAR SOCIAL
Thanet CAMRA attended the Canterbury Food and Drink Festival on both Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th to sample the very many Green Hop beers produced by our fantastic breweries based in Kent.
LOCAL NEWS - added 18/9/17 - LATEST ALE OF THANET EDITION NOW AVAILABLE
The latest Ale of Tha
NATIONAL NEWS - added 14/9/17 - GOOD BEER GUIDE IS LAUNCHED
The 45th edition of the Good Beer Guide has now been officially launched - to get your very own copy all you need to do is click on the link above (if you are a CAMRA member you qualify for a discount). Read CAMRA's press release here for full details Click here
Want your own copy? Only £12.99 for non-members BUT only £10 for valid members - to order click here
NATIONAL NEWS - added 1/9/17 - CHAMPION BEER OF BRITAIN 2019 PROCESS BEGINS
Strange as it seems the process for selecting the Champion Beer of Britain (CBOB) for 2019 started a couple of month ago when the eligible beers were identified and now it is down to all members to vote for their favourite beers. All current CAMRA members are eligible to be involved.
The overall winners for all 11 categories (GOLDEN ALES, SPECIALITY BEERS, MILDS, BITTERS, BEST BITTERS, STRONG BITTERS, BARLEY WINES/STRONG OLD ALES, OLD ALES/STRONG MILDS, PORTERS, STOUTS & REAL ALE IN A BOTTLE) will be announced during 2019 at the prestigeous CAMRA events, the Great British Beer Festival Winter (held in Norwich Feb 2019 date TBC), Great British Beer Festival (normally held at Olympia TBC in August 2019 date TBC) and the BBC Good Food Show Winter (venue TBC normally held in November 2019 date TBC).
At this stage all CAMRA members are called upon to select their favourite local tipples, the process is very simple, so if you want a say click here to go to the website where you can review the selections available to vote on based on your CAMRA branch.
If you want a say you gotta vote...!!
SCREEN SHOT OF HOW TO ENTER YOUR VOTE
LOCAL NEWS - added 29/8/17 - ROYAL VICTORIA PAVILION OPENS
The largest Wetherspoon pub in the country opens today in Ramsgate following a £4.5 million refurbishment. Click here to see full details
LOCAL NEWS - added 14/8/17 - SOCIAL/CAMPAIGNING TRIP TO RAMSGATE
A few snaps of our recent social event calling in at a few of Ramsgate's finest
NATIONAL NEWS - added 9/8/17 - CHAMPION BEER OF BRITAIN ANNOUNCED AT GREAT BRITISH BEER FESTIVAL 2017
Congratulations to Goats Milk by Church End brewery which has been chosen as Supreme Champion.
To see the full list of winners in each category click here
LOCAL NEWS - added 2/8/17 - KENT CLUB OF THE YEAR 2017
LOCAL NEWS - added 1/8/17 - CHARITY HOP PICKING TOUR AND TALK
How would you like to help raise funds for Kent MS Therapy Centre?
An opportunity exists to attend a Hop Picking Tour and Talk at Rickard's Farm in Old Wives Lees on Thursday 14th September commencing 2pm.
The tickets are £10 per person or 2 tickets for £15 and include tea and cake at the farmhouse after. There are limited spaces for this special event.
LOCAL NEWS - 26/6/17 - CIDER PUB OF THE YEAR 2017 RUNNER UP PRESENTATION
Yesterday in the gorgeous St Peters sunshine we presented the Yard of Ale with their certificate for being Thanet CAMRA's Cider Pub of the Year 2017 Runner Up. Well done guys. Another great year.
LOCAL NEWS - 22/6/17 - PUB OF THE YEAR 2017 RUNNER UP PRESENTATION
Last night John and his team were presented with their certificate for being Thanet CAMRA's Pub of the Year 2017 Runner Up. John holding back the crowd.
LOCAL NEWS - 19/6/17 - KENT & EAST SUSSEX RAILWAY BEER FESTIVAL
Saturday 17th June saw the continuation of the National Beer Day 2017 with our trip to the Kent & East Sussex Railway beer festival, which doubled as a reward for the beautiful volunteers who gave up their time to make the 12th Planet Thanet beer festival happen.
LOCAL NEWS - 16/6/17 - THE WORLD OF BEER DISPENSING/NATIONAL BEER DAY SOCIAL
Last night saw a hardy bunch, including our very own Eddie Gadd, attend The Bottle Shop Marine Parade Margate to celebrate NATIONAL BEER DAY with an enlightening presentation by Steve on the various methods of dispensing beer over the years, all accompanied with appropriate samples.
Thanks for hosting this event - a good night was had by all.
LOCAL NEWS - 14/6/17 - PUB OF THE YEAR 2017 PRESENTATION
Last night saw The London Tavern, our Pub of the Year 2017, presented with their certificate by our very own Jo Walbank. The event was well attended and Carl was very pleased with the award which now has pride of place behind the bar.
LOCAL NEWS - 05/6/17 - WANTSUM BREWERY OPENS TAP ROOM
After a "character building" move from Hersden to its new base in St Nicholas at Wade the brewery threw open the doors to the tap room on Saturday and Sunday. With plans to open on a Friday evening (4-9pm) the residents of St Nicholas at Wade are already anticipating some great evenings sampling the wares. Watch this space for more news of brewery tours and opening hours for shop to get your takeaway beer.
LOCAL NEWS - 31/5/17 - CINQUE PORT PUB OPENS AND IS LOOKING GOOD
Whilst still with a few things left to finish off the management opened their doors to coincide with the bank holiday relaunch of Dreamland. Serving three cracking real ales from GADDS this is a welcome addition to the pub scene in Margate.
LOCAL NEWS - 24/5/17 - CIDER PUB OF THE YEAR 2017 PRESENTATION
Well done to Shawn and Clare at Mind the Gap who were presented last night with their certificate for being named Thanet CAMRA's Cider Pub of the Year 2017.
Thanks for the very warm welcome and keep up the good work.
NATIONAL NEWS - 11/5/17 - DOES YOUR CANDIDATE SUPPORT PUBS & BEER...???
The General Election is just a few weeks away on Thursday 8th June. Together, we have an opportunity to build on our recent successes and make sure that beer and pubs stay at the top of the political agenda in the next five years.
CAMRA is asking all election canditates to pledge their support for beers and pubs by committing to:
- BEER: Celebrate and promote Britain's 1,540 breweries
- PUBS: Support action to help pubs thrive
- CONSUMERS: Represent the interests of pub goers, berr and cider drinkers
To lobby your local canditates, please click here
To sign up directly if you are a candidate, please click here
18TH APRIL 2017 - 12TH PLANET THANET EASTER BEER FESTIVAL
10,000+ pints consumed
182 beers available
68 cider/perry available
20 new CAMRA members signed up
90+ volunteers over 9 days
Judging for Champion Beer of Britain took place during festival for the Old Ale and Golden Ale categories and the following were declared winners click here for details of the competition
1st Place OLD DAIRY - Snow Top 6.0% ABV
2nd Place PALMERS - Tally Ho! 5.5% ABV
3rd Place BRICK - Blenheim Black 6.5% ABV
1st Place WINDSOR & ETON - Knights of the Garter 3.8% ABV
2nd Place FLOWERPOTS - Perrige Pale 3.6% ABV
3rd Place TILLINGBOURNE - Hop Troll 4.8%
Images from Adam Dark - many thanks
13TH APRIL 2017 - BANKS ALE & WINE HOUSE - NOW OPEN
Banks Ale & Wine House 244 Northdown Road Cliftonville CT9 2PZ
Opened Wednesday 12th April serving 3 real ales.
A warm welcome to this new addition to the pubs of Margate.
7TH APRIL 2017 - WANTSUM BREWERY ARRIVES ON THE ISLAND
Wantsum Brewery are moving to Kent Barn, St Nicholas at Wade increasing capacity to 20 barrels. Whilst work takes place to get the new premises ready brewing will continue from Hersden so never fear you will not be without beer.
Graham will be acting as the Brewery Liaison Officer and will officially takes over on Monday 10th April.
27TH MARCH 2017 - NEW MICRO PUB OPENS IN MINNIS BAY
Old Bay Alehouse, 137 Minnis Road, Birchington-on-Sea CT7 9NS
Opened Friday 24th March. Phil and Kirsty have done a great job kitting the place out.
Good choice of beers. I visited Saturday and it was busy but there was plenty of space to stand or sit. I was only stopping for one or two and ended up staying for four..!!
Monday - Closed all day except Bank Holidays
Tue - Thur 12-2 & 5.30-9.30
Fri - Sat 12-2 & 5.30-10.30
Sun 12-4 -ish
23RD MARCH 2017 - KENT WINNERS OF PUB OF THE YEAR BY BRANCH
SUB-REGION - EAST KENT
AF&RM - Bowl Inn, Hastingleigh - https://whatpub.com/pubs/ASH/3973/bowl-inn-hastingleigh
CHB&W - New Inn Canterbury - https://whatpub.com/pubs/CAN/4195/new-inn-canterbury
DDS - The Lanes, Dover - https://whatpub.com/pubs/DDS/0238/lanes-dover
SWALE - The Paper Mill, Sittingbourne - https://whatpub.com/pubs/SWA/4556/paper-mill-sittingbourne
THANET - London Tavern, Margate - https://whatpub.com/pubs/THA/030/london-tavern-margate
SUB-REGION - WEST KENT
G&DV - Queen, South Darenth - https://whatpub.com/pubs/GRA/0175/queen-south-darenth
M&MK - Flower Pot, Maidstone - https://whatpub.com/pubs/MAI/144/flower-pot-maidstone
MEDWAY - Past and Present, Gillingham - https://whatpub.com/pubs/MED/11867/past-present-gillingham
T&TW - Fuggles Beer Cafe, Tunbridge Wells - https://whatpub.com/pubs/TTW/239/fuggles-beer-cafe-tunbridge-wells
AFFILIATED TO KENT BUT GOING FORWARD TO BATTLE IN LONDON
BEXLEY - Penny Farthing, Crayford - https://whatpub.com/pubs/BEX/103/penny-farthing-crayford
Good luck in the next round to all the winners (especially our London Tavern!!)
15TH MARCH 2017 - THANET CAMRA PUB OF THE YEAR 2017
Congratulations to the LONDON TAVERN who have been chosen as Thanet CAMRA’s PUB OF THE YEAR for 2017.
2nd Place went to BAKE AND ALEHOUSE And 3rd place went to MONTEFIORE ARMS
15TH MARCH 2017 - THANET CAMRA CIDER PUB OF THE YEAR 2017
MIND THE GAP is Thanet CAMRA’s CIDER PUB OF THE YEAR for 2017. They saw off stiff competition from YARD OF ALE and HAIR OF THE DOG who are joint second.
10TH MARCH 2017 - NATIONAL EXECUTIVE ELECTION
Votes to be cast by 23:59 Friday 24th March - candidates details camraagm.org.uk/agm/hustings
10TH MARCH 2017 - KENT BEER OF THE YEAR AWARDED
Romney Amber Ale named as KENT BEER OF THE YEAR at last nights Taste Of Kent Awards
9TH MARCH 2017 - GADDS' RAMSGATE BREWERY I DREAM OF APRICOTS
Independent on-line celebrated International Women's Day by featuring 7 fantastic beers brewed by women.
And Sue Fisher of Gadds' Ramsgate Brewery was selected as BEST BUY for her perfectly balanced and juicy ale I Dream of Apricots.
3RD MARCH 2017 - NATIONAL PUB OF THE YEAR WINNER ANNOUNCED
Co-operative pub takes CAMRA Pub of the Year crown
A small village pub which was saved from closure by the local community has won CAMRA's National Pub of the Year award – one of the most respected and well-known pub awards in the UK.
When the GEORGE & DRAGON pub in HUDSWELL closed in 2008 it left the small North Yorkshire village with no other facilities for its residents apart from a village hall. Within two years, the community banded together to form the Hudswell Community Pub Ltd group and bought back the pub, re-opening in June 2010 after extensive renovations.
The community was determined that the George & Dragon would offer far more than a traditional pub. As well as acting as a meeting place and venue, it is also home to the village library, a local shop staffed by volunteers, community allotments and free internet access for its patrons.
CAMRA was particularly impressed with the pub's warm and welcoming atmosphere and strong community ethos. The homely multi-roomed country inn has a large beer terrace offering fantastic panoramic views over the Swale Valley just a few miles from the market town of Richmond. In addition, the current landlord has shown a great passion for quality beer, greatly extending the range of real ales and cider available.
The pub will be presented with a plaque by CAMRA's National Executive representative Ken Davies to commemorate the award at an event open to the media on the 3rd March 2017 at 1pm.
Paul Ainsworth, CAMRA's Pub of the Year Finalist Coordinator says: "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 story of the George & Dragon goes to show that in the right hands a closed pub can become viable and successful. We are very impressed with the work the community group has undertaken to save their local and hope that other communities are encouraged by the example when faced with an ongoing battle to save their own local."
Stu Miller, Landlord of the George & Dragon says: "We are truly thrilled to have been recognised by CAMRA with this award, 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.
"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."
James Alcock, General Manager at Plunkett Foundation, which provided support and funding for the George & Dragon, says: "Community-owned pubs such as The George & Dragon are an exceptional example of how a community can succeed in running an enterprise. Within a short space of time, a community has rallied together in order to save a vital village resource and have now been rewarded for all their hard work. Let this award be a credit to all who are involved with the project and we wish all at The George & Dragon success for the future."
The CAMRA Pub of the Year competition is run with the simple aim of finding the best pubs in the country. Pubs are selected by CAMRA volunteers and judged on their atmosphere, decor, welcome, service, value for money, customer mix and most importantly – quality of beer. All nominated pubs in the competition are independently assessed by a panel of CAMRA volunteers throughout the year.
Runners up in the competition are the Salutation Inn in Ham, Gloucestershire, the Stanford Arms in Lowestoft, Norfolk and the Swan with Two Necks in Pendleton, Lancashire.
2ND MARCH 2017 - CAMRA REAL ALE DISCOUNT SCHEME - NEW OUTLETS ADDED
The Corkscrew Off Licence in Westgate-on-Sea and The Bottleshop Off Licence in Birchington will give 10% off real ale and cider purchases for an initial 3 month trial.
YARD OF ALE WINS THANET CAMRA PUB OF THE YEAR FOR SECOND TIME
The Yard of Ale, national finalist in CAMRA's 2015 Pub of the Year competition, has been judged the Thanet winner for the second time in a row and starts its journey in CAMRA's 2016 Pub of the Year competition.
The pub has now been judged East Kent CAMRA Pub of the Year 2016
Thanet CAMRA Pub of the Year 2016
Yard of Ale Management celebrate the news of them winning Thanet CAMRA Pub of the Year 2016
Second Place: Montefiore Arms Ramsgate
Martin presenting second place certificate to Mandy & Eddie from the Montefiore Arms
Third Place: Conqueror Alehouse Ramsgate
Branch Secretary Dennis presenting Colin of the Conqueror with his third place certificate
Thanet CAMRA Cider Pub of the Year 2016
Winner: Hovelling Boat Ramsgate
Chairman Martin & Paul of the Hovelling Boat Inn with the winner's certificate
Runner-up: Yard of Ale St Peter's
Chairman Martin with Shawn & Clare of the Yard of Ale with the runners-up certificate