Pub wins national award

A COUNTRY pub saved from closure has been so successful that the new owners are celebrating the first anniversary with a national award.The White Hart, Otley, has won one of three community pub of the year awards in Alastair Sawdry's guide to Special Places: Pubs and Inns of England and Wales.

A COUNTRY pub saved from closure has been so successful that the new owners are celebrating the first anniversary with a national award.

The White Hart, Otley, has won one of three community pub of the year awards in Alastair Sawdry's guide to Special Places: Pubs and Inns of England and Wales.

The accolade is a triumph for the Local Pub Trading Company which bought the pub when the previous owners were trying to turn it into a house.

Now the company is so pleased with its success that it could set up an advice scheme to give help other villages in danger of losing their pub.

Lynda Saint, who ran the Red Rose in Lindsey several years ago, is part of the consortium who bought the White Hart.

She said: “The whole village has been really, really supportive of us and they rallied round. The pub had been closed for nine months before we opened.

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“It took off with a bit of a bang and we had a very good summer and then a pretty slow winter but with a very good Christmas which is more or less the same as the rest of the trade.

“We have tried to make the pub as friendly as possible and to encourage people to use the pub for village meetings.”

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