Green Dragon pub in Hertfordshire wins prestigious Pub Design Award
The Green Dragon at Flaunden, Hertfordshire
Submitted by CAMRA
The Green Dragon in Flaunden, Hertfordshire received the renovation award at CAMRA’s prestigious Pub Design Awards.
The awards, held in conjunction with Historic England, celebrate outstanding pubs across the country that have undergone conversion or conservation work, or are newly built.
Le Dragon Vert is a 17th century pub located in the village of Flaunden. With low beams, exposed brickwork and open fireplaces, the newly renovated pub serves a wide range of drinks, including beers from the bar, authentic Italian cuisine and wood-fired pizzas from its trattoria and pizzeria. .
The pub was in disrepair when new owner Mike Ghazarian set out to renovate the building in 2019 according to plans by architect Martin Kearney of Newline Architects. A historic building with a half-timbered core, it featured in the CAMRA Britain’s best true heritage pubs for its Tap Room, a simple rustic room retaining its quarry tiled floor and fixed benches.
Andrew Davison, CAMRA Pub Design Award Jury Chairman, said: “The Green Dragon Pub has unfortunately suffered some unsympathetic changes in recent years, before the attention of new owner Mike.
“The work that has been done here is well designed without being flashy, and is elevated above the ordinary in the exceptionally high quality of workmanship and finishes.
“The historic parts of the pub have been carefully restored, while the more modern parts have been completely redesigned in a contemporary way. This is a worthy co-winner of our renovation award.”
The Green Dragon shares first place in the Refurbishment category with Blind Bull, Little Hucklow, Derbyshire. In this case, the renovation can range from a complete gutting and replacement of the pub to improving the design of what was originally in the building.
This year’s Pub Design Awards come after more than a year of restrictions and uncertainty for the advertising industry, and just weeks after the restrictions were fully lifted on Monday, July 19. The awards had been delayed from their usual announcement earlier in the year, to take into account coronavirus restrictions in pubs and allow the jury to visit the nominated establishments.
The winners were recognized at a virtual event hosted by the award judges at 7 p.m. on Thursday, August 26.
There were seven winners in different categories, ranging from Best Renovation to the prestigious Historic England Conservation Award, and one additional pub highly recommended in this year’s competition.
These awards are celebrated as CAMRA is underway with its Great British Beer Festival at Your Local event, which takes place across the country and helps pubs celebrate real ale and cider by bringing consumers back to the pub. Learn more and find local events here.