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Hudswell Community Pub

The George and Dragon Hudswell - the first community owned pub in Yorkshire.

An award winning, traditional Dales pub offering a warm Yorkshire welcome and serving real ales plus home cooked food made from local ingredients.

The George and Dragon is located in the village of Hudswell, Richmondshire and set in Swaledale in the Yorkshire Dales National Park.  The pub has approximately an acre of gardens to the rear with magnificent views over the Swale valley; probably the best views of any pub in the whole of Swaledale.

The George and Dragon - An IPS for Community Benefit

After the pub had stood empty for almost 2 years, eighty villagers, together with other friends and supporters, set up an Industrial and Provident Society (IPS Co-operative) in the name of Hudswell Community Pub Limited. HCP bought and renovated the George and Dragon and the pub re-opened for business in June 2010.

The members of HCP Ltd have invested over £240,000 in the enterprise and together with grant aid of almost £65,000 these funds have been used to purchase and fully renovate the George and Dragon.  It was officially re-opened by then Richmond MP and Foreign Secretary William Hague on the 12th June 2010 and is now a traditional pub selling ales from local brewers, good quality food from local suppliers and providing a venue for traditional pub sports and pastimes, local events and celebrations, music and culture.

The land at the rear of the pub has been developed as a community orchard plus allotments. There is a village library in the pub with free internet access and one room has been converted to provide a village shop run entirely by volunteers selling local produce and basic supplies.

The Pub is the Hub

The re-opened ‘George and Dragon’ is now restored as a centre of social life for the village and as a thriving business.

Whilst HCP Ltd owns the asset, the day on day pub business is in the hands of a tennant. HCP has appointed Stuart and Melissa Miller to the tenancy. They have an impressive range of cask ales and their food offerings focus on the use of fresh local ingredients served in a welcoming and friendly environment. Now that the ‘George and Dragon’ is re-opened, locals and visitors alike are making use of the fine facilities of this traditional dales pub and enjoying good food and ale.

The phrase "The Pub is the Hub" was coined by HRH The Prince of Wales who, through his Princes Countryside Fund" was looking to raise the awareness of the value of the village pub to it's community. In September 2015 the George and Dragon and HCP was pleased to host a visit from the Prince. To read more about the visit click here. To view pictures from the visit click here. (Photos courtesy of Pub is The Hub)

CAMRA National Pub of the Year 2016

Under Stuart Miller's stewardship the George and Dragon pub has achieved accolades from The Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) winning firstly "Pub of the Year NW Yorkshire Branch" then "Pub of the Year Yorkshire Regions". The pub then went on to be judged alongside the winners of the three other regions and in March 2017 CAMRA chose the George and Dragon, Hudswell as their "National Pub of the Year 2016". The photograph opposite shows CAMRA national executive director, Ken Davey, presenting the award to Stuart.

Membership is still open

If you would like to join HCP Limited and become a part of this fantastic community enterprise we are still accepting investments. Please download a prospectus and investment form to complete and return to the membership secretary.

To download a prospectus click here  (be patient - the pdf file takes a while to appear in your browser - follow the onscreen prompts to download!)

To view or download the rules of our IPS click here

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Contact information for this organisation:

Ron Lightfoot Membership Secretary Tel: 01748 821470

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