The National Trust, which is known fondly across the country for helping to protect the nation's historically important properties and areas of beauty, has added for the first time a public house to its list of managed projects. The Sticklebarn pub, which is in Great Langdale in Cumbria, The Lake District, was taken over by the charity in March. It already looks after farms, car parks, a hotel and a campsite in the area and will now be serving pints to locals and visitors enjoying the stunning scenery of one of the most famous national parks in the world. As is the tendency these days, much of the pub's food, which since Friday takes the form of a new menu, is to be sourced locally while the beer is also to be brewed in the region. The National Trust also wants the pub to be the most sustainable in Britain.
Suzanne Elsworth of the National Trust commented: "The National Trust has already got quite a strong presence in the area. When we heard that the pub was coming on the market, we just thought it was a great opportunity. It helps our visitors understand what we do here - and every pint that's pulled, the profits go back to be invested in this landscape."
The charity already owns 60 pubs in the country, although they are all run by third parties.
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