Sad is the country village without a cosy pub. Everyone needs a local and those living in remote rural outposts need it more than most.
The village of Husthwaite was without a pub for a while, so the reopening of The Balmoral in late 2010 came as welcome relief. Since then, though, it’s become much more.
The residents of Husthwaite are undertaking a remarkable project; they are re-populating the village’s depleted stock of apple trees. When Alison Turner bought The Balmoral, she asked if the pub’s orchard could likewise be re-planted. To mark the event she renamed the pub The Orchard. Within a year, the village got its pub back, its apple trees back and, under the banner or Orchards of Husthwaite, a co-operative of villagers are now producing cider from the fruit. The pub is the co-operative’s most enthusiastic client and proudly sells village-produced cider in bottles and barrels.