This pub has been named Hertfordshire Pub of the Year by CAMRA

PUBLISHED: 10:41 11 September 2019

Red Lion, Preston (photo: Mark Waters)

Red Lion, Preston (photo: Mark Waters)

Mark Waters

The Campaign for Real Ale has acknowledged a community-owned village pub in Herts as its Pub of the Year

The UK's pioneering community-owned village pub, the Red Lion at Preston, near Hitchin, has added to its list of accolades by being named Hertfordshire Pub of the Year by the Campaign for Real Ale.

Earlier this year, it also reached the regional finals of the Countryside Alliance Rural Oscars and, though pipped at the post by another pub, won glowing reviews from the alliance assessor.

The pub is renowned for its guest beers as well as comprehensive changing menu of ciders, perries, lagers and wines. Its homemade food offering has a strong local focus on ingredients.

Managed by Ray and Jo Lambe, the Red Lion became the first of its kind in the UK in 1982 after villagers bought it and became shareholders in the business to avoid it being turned into a steakhouse-style restaurant.

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