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The George and Dragon is situated in the small village of Hudswell in the beautiful Yorkshire Dales. It was the first community owned pub in Yorkshire and offers a warm and friendly welcome to locals and visitors the area; dogs also welcomed. The pub boasts stunning views over the Swale valley enjoyed via its large beer terrace in the summer. It also has an open fire to warm yourself by after a walk through Hudswell Woods from Richmond in the winter.
Stuart Miller has been the landlord since 2016. He and his team have a great passion for quality beers, ciders and whisky, outstanding affordable home cooked food specialising in pies, and relaxed friendly service.
Since Stuart took over The George and Dragon it has claimed the crown of CAMRA’s National Pub of the Year, CAMRA Yorkshire Pub of the Year two years running, and has won North West Yorkshire Pub of the Year three years running. It has also been featured in The Guardian’s “UK’s 50 best Sunday lunches” for its great-value roasts; booking is essential for Sundays.
They also had a right royal visit when in 2016 Prince Charles visited as part of his support for the Prince’s Countryside Fund which looks to raise the awareness of the value of the village pub, and coined the phrase “The pub is the hub”.
In 2008 the pub ceased trading and was put up for sale, it remained closed for two years until it was bought by the Hudswell Community Pub Ltd. The pub underwent extensive renovations to modernise before re-opening in June 2010 to much fanfare and now boasts over 200 members.
The George and Dragon is at the centre of the local community, offering a little local shop, library, community allotments and free internet access.