Winter pub of the season award goes to The Magdalens in Ripon

Pictured from left with the award at The Magdalens are landlord Stewart Ellis, Julian Smith MP, landlady Doreen Ellis and Harrogate and Ripon CAMRA pubs officer Paul Gibson.  (120528M2)
Pictured from left with the award at The Magdalens are landlord Stewart Ellis, Julian Smith MP, landlady Doreen Ellis and Harrogate and Ripon CAMRA pubs officer Paul Gibson. (120528M2)
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A RIPON pub is celebrating after being named the district’s best ale house for the winter season by the Campaign for Real Ale (Camra).

Stewart and Doreen Ellis – landlord and landlady of the Magdalens pub on Princess Road in the city – were presented with the accolade by Ripon MP Julian Smith.

Doreen, who has run the pub with her husband for 11-and-a-half years, said: “We were quite surprised when we won the award and very proud to have been chosen.”

The pub won the same award a couple of years ago, and Doreen said they were keen on promoting cask conditioned ale among its customers over kegged lager and beer.

In addition to stocking a range of real ales, The Magdalens boasts its own darts and domino teams, quiz nights, football team and a Ripon in Bloom award-winning garden.

It also organises fundraising for good causes and has held many charity days over the years and on Monday welcomed 250 guests for a Jubilee street party.

Paul Gibson, pubs officer for the Harrogate and Ripon branch of Camra, said: “It is vital that the institution of the pub remains at the heart of the community where people can meet and plan outings and social occasions.”

MP Mr Smith said it was a great pleasure to present the award to Stewart and Doreen.

During his presentation, he spoke of the important role pubs play in strengthening community relationships and bringing people together, especially in rural areas, saying he would continue to do what he could to support local pubs.