Hillesley pub named South West Pub of The Year

September 12 2018
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The owners of The Fleece Inn, Hillesley are celebrating another award after being named South West CAMRA Pub of The Year.

Karen McGeoch and Rod Undy have been at the pub for two years, transforming it’s fortunes.

Rod said: “We are absolutely thrilled to have come this far in such a short space of time.”

Gareth MacDonald, Regional Director for South West CAMRA said, “It is truly incredible too see how much work Rod and Karen have put into this pub over the last two years. Supported by very friendly welcoming staff, and an excellent choice of ales and ciders, this rural pub offers something for everyone and has become a genuine hub in the community. This is all the more remarkable given the lack of public transport locally. I am genuinely delighted that all this hard work has resulted in CAMRA Branches from the region bestowing on it this well deserved award.”

The community purchased the failing pub in 2012 and for four years ran it themselves, but things did not go to plan and eventually they decided to hand the business over to tenants.

Since taking over the couple have worked to improve their product range to appeal to a wider customer base as well as introducing regular live music.