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By George! Quayside pub wins Real Ale award

John Freeman
Kye Lloyd and partner Ian with
their CAMRA award.
Photo courtesy CAMRA
Staff at the George and Dragon on Lancaster's Quay are celebrating after winning a coveted award from the Campaign for Real Ale from the Lunesdale Branch of CAMRA.

The award is given to pubs that have demonstrated dramatic improvement in areas such as facilities, drinking environment, atmosphere and ale quality.

Delighted licensee Kye Lloyd, who has ran the Admiral Taverns-owned pub for the past two years alongside her partner Ian, said: “I’m over the moon with the award, all of the staff work so hard and they deserve some recognition.

“The secret to our success is that we talk regularly to our customers to see what they want – which is fine cask ales and great food.

“We go through 10-12 barrels a week and we serve cask ales from all over the UK, not just the North West.

“It is such a friendly atmosphere here and we get a wide range of people; from accountants to builders, and everyone socialises together and gets on.”

The Lloyds say they are trying to research the history of the pub and would welcome information about its past.

"Tenants Ian and Kye have transformed the George and Dragon since taking it over," said Julian Holt from CAMRA. "It is now a thriving, lively community pub with a friendly atmosphere. The pub has a strong local following but also gives a warm welcome to newcomers.

The George and Dragon
Image via official web site“Most importantly, it offers an imaginative selection of real ales, always in immaculate condition. Such progress doesn't take place by accident, but through hard work and dedication - and Ian and Kye are to be congratulated on their superb achievement."

This is the first time the MIPA certificate has been awarded by the branch.

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