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Dartmouth Arms wins beer award after surviving fear of closure

CAMRA names 'The Darty' its pub of the season

13 February, 2018 — By Dan Carrier

Dartmouth Arms staff Ferenc Sisa and Joe Gooding with CAMRA’s John Cryne

IT was once a back-street boozer at risk of closure until it was saved by dedicated regulars.

But now the Dartmouth Arms is thriving again and has scooped a prestigious award for its selection of beers. The York Rise pub was awarded the Campaign for Real Ale’s (CAMRA) “pub of the season” award this week. Customers feared its days were numbered during a refurbishment of the building which temporarily closed the bar as new flats were installed upstairs.

The Darty, as it is known locally, was listed as an Asset of Community Value at the Town Hall after a neighbourhood campaign and freeholders Faucett Inn were persuaded to hand a lease to pub operator Andy Bird. It was back serving pints again last April.

CAMRA’s John Cryne said: “There was a real battle by the community to save the Dartmouth. They did not give up – and the next crucial thing was to get an excellent pub operator in. It’s a great testament to Andy Bird and his team that, in less than one year, the pub has won this award.”

Operations manager Joe Gooding said he was pleased to have the pub’s beer policy celebrated. He added: “We make sure we always have a beer that is from London and after that we chose from beers across the country. It is about making sure there is a balance of different beers available.”

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