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The Bay Horse
Franco Logozzi outside the pub (Image courtesy The York Press)
TWO and a half years is a long time for a village to be without its only pub.
Just ask the people of Burythorpe.
Their local, The Bay Horse, closed in April 2014 and they spent much of the time thereafter exploring ways to get it reopened. Villagers formed a campaign group, successfully lobbied for the pub to be listed as an asset of community value, looked into mounting a community bid, and simultaneously spoke to potential landlords who might see the merits in taking the pub on. Now their splendid perseverance has paid off.
The ACV status and the villagers' determination scuppered property developers' hopes of turning it into a house. Instead, two weeks ago, the pub opened its doors once again - and what an utterly tremendous place it is.
Vito and Abbie Logozzi have already worked wonders at The Goodmanham Arms near Market Weighton, turning it into arguably the finest pub anywhere in Yorkshire.
Now, they hope to emulate that success here in Burythorpe, a small and picturesque little village at the foot of the Wolds, a few miles south of Malton.
Vito’s brother Franco will be running the pub day to day, but for now it’s all hands to the pumps as they find their feet and welcome back locals. It may ordinarily have seemed a little odd of the Logozzis to have chosen a pub off the beaten track, when The Goodmanham Arms and its in-house micro-brewery were doing so well for them. But Vito says he was impressed and persuaded by the locals.
“It is sad seeing a pub shut down, and the people in the village campaigned for three years to get it open for the community. So, I decided we could give it a go. It has been lovely. We have had people coming in from the village and from miles around to look at the pub.”
Last weekend, I joined the mini throngs, and was blown away by what a great job Vito, Abbie and Franco have done. It’s a fine old building on the village main street, with a fair-sized car park to the rear, but walking in, it’s the smell that hits you first. A warming wood-fire aroma welcomes you in and instantly makes you want to stay.
The bar is straight ahead of you and instantly commands admiration, with eight ales on tap - all at only £2.50 a pint. Options included Whitby Abbey from Black Dog Brewery, Yorkshire Sparkle from Treboom, Bucking Fastard from North Blyth, Stallion from Hambleton Ales, White Rat from Rat Brewery, and Theakston’s Best.
But I was drawn more to the three from All Hallows Brewery, the Logozzis’ own outlet at Goodmanham, and opted for No Notion, a brilliant, dark, intense porter, which tasted like the open fire smelt.
Vito says the building was a mess when they bought it in March and they have spent six months restoring it. They have made it feel like an authentic, timeless, marvellous pub.
In a week or two, they plan to start providing a range of little snacks, and then in the New Year they hope to begin offering more substantial meals. Vito added a mini motorbike museum in a sideroom at Goodmanham, and says they are toying with adding something of a theme in one of the rooms here too - perhaps some Sherlock Holmes paraphernalia, he says
Time will tell. But if this pub can become even half as good as The Goodmanham Arms, it will be one not to be missed. And if it can become even better? Well, you may just find yourself becoming a regular visitor to Burythorpe.
The villagers, certainly, seem happy. David Quick, part of the group that fought so well, says: "Our aim was to save the pub however it was going to happen. In the end, a landlord who we really like bought the pub at auction and it's amazing - we are so pleased."
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"Re-opened in October 2016 following an extensive renovation. The former modern interior has been totally transformed back to the past.
Full of character with a number of small rooms, Sells real ales from All Hallows Brewery, which is situated at their sister pub (Goodmanham Arms, Goodmanham), and many guest beers.Very good selection of local real ales. Lunch served daily from 12-2."
Vito Logozzi at the Bay Horse Burythorpe.
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A RYEDALE village has its pub back — after a two-and-a-half-year dry spell.
The Bay Horse at Burythorpe closed in April 2014, and sparked a concerted community effort to get it back on its feet.
Villagers formed a campaign group, successfully lobbied for the pub to be listed as an asset of community value, looked into mounting a community bid, and spoke to potential landlords.
With the prospect of it being turned into a house by property developers still hanging over it, the property ended up in an auction at York Racecourse earlier this year.
It was bought by Vito and Abbie Logozzi, owners of the Goodmanham Arms, near Market Weighton, and after a six-month restoration, it has now been re-opened as a pub..............
The Bay Horse is stone-built, and it is believed to date back to the 18th century.
Earlier this year, a former landlord of the pub died. Graham Moore, who in his youth was a footballer who played for Chelsea, Manchester Utd and Wales, owned the pub from 1999 until 2007.
Burythorpe is a village and civil parish in the Ryedale district of North Yorkshire, England, about 4 miles (6 km) south of Malton. According to the 2001 census it had a population of 289, reducing marginally to 286 at the Census 2011. The Whitegrounds barrow is nearby.
The Church of All Saints is a Grade II listed building. The current building was built in 1858 in the Gothic Revival style replacing a previous church on the site.
The Bay Horse public house which closed in April 2014 was reopened in October 2016 after a local group campaigned to have it recognised as an important asset of the community. The pub is listed in Baines 1823 directory along with a reference to Francis Consitt who is stated to have died in Burythorpe in 1768 at the age of 150.
The Bay Horse at Burythorpe is a traditional country pub in Ryedale serving Real Ales and home-cooked food
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