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Cheers! Take a look inside the North Yorkshire community pub - named the best in Britain

Landlord Stuart Miller and his wife Melissa Credit: PA

A village pub which was saved from closure by the local community has won one of the most respected and well-known 'pub of the year' awards in the UK.

The George and Dragon pub has won the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) pub of the year award.

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.

Regulars toast the good news there pub is the best in Britain Credit: PA

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.

The Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) said it was particularly impressed with the pub’s warm and welcoming atmosphere and strong community ethos.

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Landlord Stuart Miller said he was thrilled with the honour.

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.

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.”

– Stu Miller, Landlord of the George & Dragon

Paul Ainsworth, from Camra, said the George and Dragon was 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.”

– Paul Ainsworth, CAMRA’s Pub of the Year Finalist Coordinator