Couple win pub award after just 15 months in business

February 26 2018
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Owners of a pub in Hillesley are celebrating after winning an award from pub champions CAMRA.

Owners of a pub in Hillesley are celebrating after winning an award from pub champions CAMRA.

Karen McGeoch and Rod Undy, who run The Fleece Inn at Hillesley have become the Dursley and District CAMRA pub of the year.

Rod said: “We achieved the same accolade in Mumbles, with the first Micro Pub in Wales, so it was almost an unwritten goal to repeat history, although we never thought that we would win”.

The local villagers bought the building in 2012 and ran it as a Community Pub and although the concept worked initially, the pub soon started to falter. 

Karen said: “We were actually about to sign a lease for a new business venture in Swansea when one of the shareholders who just happens to have a holiday property in Mumbles told us about The Fleece.  As we were in the area the following week we decided to take a look – and here we are today!”.

The real selling point for the couple was the sense of community in Hillesley.

The official presentation took place at The Fleece on Saturday 10th February with music from the Roselly’s afterwards.