West Dorset CAMRA Pub of the Year 2023

Congratulations go to The White Lion, Broadwindsor, near Beaminster who have been crowned this year’s West Dorset CAMRA “Pub of the year”. The pub is a thriving example of a community run pub with a local management team running and overseeing the day to day routine. Kate Staff and her daughters Chloe & Louise have worked tirelessly to ensure the pub offers the best the local community can get. The pub was re-opened on Friday 29th April 2022, following an approach by Palmers Brewery to the local parish council to see if the community would be interested in running the White Lion, Palmers are still involved with immense support for the pub and its well being. The pub’s finances were bolstered by a significant fund raising effort with the main driving force from the late David Leader who sadly passed away in March before the pub reopened.

Pub manager Kate Staff said “It’s a real honour to get this award and I would like to dedicate it to the late David Leader. This venture would not have happened without his tireless determination and enthusiasm for doing great things for the community. It has been our priority to make The White Lion a success and to make David’s vision a reality. Thank you to everyone who has supported us along the way.”

West Dorset Campaign for Real Ale Chair Bruce Mead said “It was fantastic the pub re-opened after a tremendous community effort, the White Lion at Broadwindsor is fine example of a traditional country village pub and a clear winner of our pub of the year competition.”

The pub internally has been totally refurbished with walls stripped back to the original stonework, a flag stoned bar area, oak wooden flooring with comfortable seating ranging from farm house style dining tables & chairs to leather sofas & armchairs with the main bar and fire place being focal points. A portrait of a white lion adorns a wall.

A good selection of Palmers beers are available with the award winning Tally Ho! being a permanent beer.

The pub is community based and host many events such as live music, carol singing, fund raisers, quizzes, and bingo nights. On a Tuesday you can even bring in fish and chips from the local van. With the rising cost of energy the pub has been declared a local “warm hub” from 11am-1700 on Saturdays until further notice with free tea, coffee and newspapers. The pub is also dog friendly and produces a news letter “The White Lion Roars” Please support this community run pub by paying a visit. We wish Kate and her team all the best going forward into the next stage of the competition the Wessex region final where they will face strong competition from pubs from the Isle of Wight, Hampshire, East Dorset, Wiltshire and the Channel Islands. 

West Dorset CAMRA Pub of the Year 2023 award
West Dorset CAMRA Chairman presenting the 2023 West Dorset CAMRA “Pub of the Year” award with Kate Staff centre, alongside daughters Chloe on the left & Louise on the right.

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