A community pub in the heart of a west Dorset village is still roaring two years after it reopened.

The White Lion in Broadwindsor, owned by Palmers Brewery, was secured for the community in 2022 following a major fundraising campaign, when around £50,000 was raised to refurbish the interior and provide working capital.

Broadwindsor Community Pub Ltd, which is run by a committee, acts as Palmers tenant, with Kerry and Clive Dammert managing the pub on a day-to-day basis.

The couple celebrated their first anniversary at the pub on March 20 after taking over from the community pub's first manager Kate Staff and her family.

Rick Dyke, chairman of the pub's management committee, is delighted with the effort they have put in in their first year in charge.

He said:  "They have made a fantastic impression on the community. 

"They could not be more welcoming, have created seasonal menus which attract customers from further afield as well as from locals and even delivered two full sittings for lunch on Christmas Day.

"Along with farmers’ breakfasts, quizzes, bingo, live music and open mic nights, there’s something for all at The White Lion and the vibrant atmosphere attracts an increasing number of regulars."

Volunteers also help to run the pub with Kerry and Clive, including duties such as working behind the bar, waiting on tables and maintenance, and Mr Dyke paid tribute to the local community for its continued support of the village's drinking establishment.

He added: "Without our volunteers and loyal customers, we wouldn’t be where we are today, and employing Kerry and Clive has given the pub a real boost. It’s lovely to know how they feel very much part of village life."

The end of the month, will see a gig by masters of bluegrass, the Stompin’ Dave Duo take place on Friday, March 29.

The show will mark the one year anniversary of Clive and Kerry's tenure, along with the second anniversary of the pub reopening.

Stompin' Dave, who lives locally, has played at major festivals such as Glastonbury, Camp Bestival and Bestival, along with gigs at the Royal Festival Hall, London Hippodrome and Bridport’s own Electric Palace.