A pub that was left derelict for years has been named Pub Of The Year 2019 by York CAMRA.
The Mended Drum in the village of Huby, ten miles north of York city centre, has taken the prestigious award – to the delight of managers Ricki and Lisa Brown.
Ricki told YorkMix:
We’re thrilled. It’s a massive thing for us – it’s not yet sunk in.
We’ve been in the top six for the last three years and to win, is a fantastic achievement.
When they took over four years ago, the husband and wife team were determined that the Mended Drum would offer far more than a traditional pub.
As well as craft and keg ales, the Drum focuses on more unusual beers, such as American styles, customised beers, first releases and one-off brews.
Ricki and Lisa have built up strong relationships with local brewers and host several beer festivals across the year, including the upcoming May Day festival which starts on 3 May.
Drum Fest, a beer and music festival, is held every August bank holiday, showcasing at least 18 local beers and music talent from the area.
“It’s been really popular with people,” Ricki said. “They want to come out and try all the different beers.”
This is Ricki and Lisa’s first pub, and it’s not just the drinks that they have changed.
They’ve also brought in an experimental kitchen to supplement the regular menu.
Produce is sourced locally, with regular steak night offers, seasonal choices such as game, and vegan options.
CAMRA were particularly impressed with the pub’s warm and welcoming atmosphere and strong community ethos. The Mended Drum raises money for local causes and is a meeting point for many village groups.
The presentation of the award will take place at the Mended Drum on 20 July by York CAMRA chairman Christopher Tregellis.
Ricki was in retail and Lisa in fashion before they chose to go into the licensing trade. “It’s a lot of work, but it’s not a job it’s a lifestle,” Ricki said.