A pub, which also serves as a village shop, has won a ‘rural Oscar’.
The Fleece Pantry, at the side of the Fleece Inn, Holme, won the Countryside Alliance’s ‘village shop and post office’ category in its 2013 Rural Oscars.
In 2011 after a series of bad winters in which the village was cut off, landlady Shirley Amesbury adapted a pub storeroom and turned it into a village shop to keep villagers going.
The Fleece Pantry now serves hot and cold drinks, homemade bread, pies, pasties, cakes and breakfast butties.
It sells fresh milk, eggs, potatoes, fruit, vegetables, salads, jams, sauces and pickles as well as ready meals and desserts prepared in the pub restaurant.
The Fleece also stocks stamps and collects parcels while villagers are away from home.
Ms Amesbury, who has been landlady of the pub for 13 years, said: “Over the last few years we’ve had really heavy snows.
“I decided to do it because people were getting cut off and they were coming into the pub and asking for things like milk and bread.
“We’ve developed gradually with customers’ requirements and everyone in the village loves it.
“I was absolutely delighted to be nominated. I actually cried!
“We’re absolutely thrilled to win.”
Countryside Alliance judge Jill Grieve said: “It is now a much loved part of village life that no one would be without, selling many of the dishes from the pub’s menu, local fruit, veg, meat and pies.
“There is a huge amount of logic in a pub and village shop operating together, as it ensures no food waste, with unused fruit and veg ending up on the menu in the pub.
“Shirley’s common-sense approach has even seen her launch a campaign to save the public toilets across the road from the pub, taking on the local authorities and even servicing the loos herself until a decision is made on their future.”