Three East Yorkshire pubs honoured by Campaign for Real Ale
THREE pubs in the region are raising glasses after receiving awards from the Campaign for Real Ale (Camra).
The Goodmanham Arms has been named East Yorkshire Village Pub of the Year, The Green Dragon in Beverley took the title of East Yorkshire Town Pub and The Wellington Inn was named Hull Pub of the Year.
Five pubs were nominated for each category as part of the Camra Hull and East Yorkshire awards.
Vito Logozzi, landlord of the Goodmanham Arms in Goodmanham, near Market Weighton, said: "We are really pleased to have won the award as a little country pub.
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"In our pub, you go back in time and Camra seems to like it. It's traditional and the prices are reasonable. It is a good family pub."
Vito runs the pub with his wife Abbie. After moving to England at the age 19, the Italian fell in love with the tradition of the village pub and has been running the Goodmanham Arms for three years.
The free house also has its own micro-brewery run by Abbie.
Vito said: "We are always looking to add things. I am looking at planning permission for a motorbike museum with bikes from the 1920s and 1930s."
A panel of judges visited each pub, scoring them for the quality of real ale, community focus, atmosphere, campaigning, style/decor, service and welcome and value for money.
Glyn Clarke, licensee of The Green Dragon with her partner Alan, said: "It is the third time we have won the award. We have also come second twice.
"It isn't just an award for us, but for all our staff and customers."
The couple have run the Saturday Market pub for 17 years.
Glyn said: "Things are tight and people don't have the money they did. We just keep doing a good job and hope our customers appreciate it and keep coming back.
"We have 25 new beers every 12 weeks."
Camra is an independent, voluntary organisation campaigning for real ale, community pubs and consumer rights.
Branch chairman Angela Cawte said: "I extend warmest congratulations on behalf of the branch and myself to the winners of the Pub Of The Year 2012.
"It is very reassuring to see our branch is served by pubs whose licensees put so much effort into dedicating themselves to providing the real ale drinker with a superb quality beer in excellent surroundings."
The Goodmanham Arms is also in the running for the Remarkable East Yorkshire Tourism Awards, having made it to the final shortlist of six in the pub of the year category.
Also in the running for the award, sponsored by the Mail, are The Roos Arms, The Falling Stone in Thwing, The Wrygarth Inn and Hull's Lion & Key and The Wellington Inn. The winner will be announced at a ceremony on March 14.