Throwback pub wins Bar of the Year 2014

Mick and Mavis Allen celebrate winning the Bar of the Year 2014 with the George & Dragon in Potton
Mick and Mavis Allen celebrate winning the Bar of the Year 2014 with the George & Dragon in Potton

The George & Dragon in Potton has been named the Biggleswade Best Bar 2014 after Chronicle readers voted throughout December.

The bar situated on King Street in the town received a massive 42 percent of the overall vote.

The Engineer’s Arms on the High Street in Henlow came second and The Rose, on the High Street in Biggleswade, came in third place but in truth the George & Dragon romped to victory.

Pub landlord Mick Allen, 67, who runs the George & Dragon with his wife Mavis, said: “I want to say a huge thank you to everyone who voted for us.

“It has come as a real shock and surprise and we are delighted to have won!”

Mick ran the Cross Keys pub in Potton from 1974 to 1987 before he moved and became the landlord of The George & Dragon.

The pub is as traditional as they come situated in the heart of Potton and relies on its regular visitors to keep going.

In keeping with this traditionaltheme the only food on offer are crisps and pork scratchings – somewhat of a throwback as it seems most pubs now offer meals of some sort.

Mick was full of praise for his wife who he has been married to for over 35 years.

He said: “A lot of the hard work is down to Mavis. Without her we wouldn’t have been nearly as successful as we have over the years.

“We work really well as a team and for that I want to say thank you to her.”

Mick is looking forward to being busy over Christmas and the customary New Year disco the pub holds and can perhaps expect an influx of new customers after winning the coveted Bar of the Year prize.

Mick continued: “I really can’t thank our customers enough.

“Without them there would be no pub and for them to vote us as the Bar of the Year is terrific especially as we are not as big as some of the pubs who were on the shortlist.”

Mick was originally a decorator but decided after carrying out some work in a few bars and pubs he wanted to be on the other side of the bar pouring pints.

Since making that decision he has not looked back, serving his community for 40 years.

Now at the age of 67 Mick is looking forward to a well-deserved retirement in 18 months to two years but for now he will enjoy the fact he has landed the prestigious Bar of the Year 2014 title.

The George & Dragon will receive their winners trophy in the new year and it will no doubt take pride of place.