Located in the Lower Wensleydale village of Hunton, The Countryman’s Inn is a thriving country pub with a rich history dating back nearly 200 years.
The Countryman’s Community Pub Society (CCPS) Ltd was formed in 2021 to secure its future as a community asset.
In September 2022, this vision was turned into reality, as following successful fundraising and the unwavering support of our members and local community, CCPS completed its purchase and took The Countryman’s Inn into community ownership.
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History of The Countryman’s Inn
The Countryman’s Inn was initially named The Oddfellows Arms. Records date back to 1849 where James Walker was listed as the Licensee. At this point, The Oddfellows was listed with the Inn, two cottages and an acre of land.
In 1984, The Oddfellows then changed its name to The Countryman’s Inn. The then owner, David Robinson, paired with landowner, Richard Dunn from Manor Farm, to provide the location for the first Hunton Steam Gathering – a key annual calendar date for the village and The Countryman’s Inn where steam engines gather in the village for locals and enthusiasts to admire these historical pieces of engineering.