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Burton in Lonsdale nestles  on the edge of the Yorkshire Dales. Burton has been called both "the first and last village in Yorkshire", tucked into the hillside above the River Greta, and at the cusp of the county boundaries of both Lancashire and Cumbria. The village has a church, a great community owned shop and until recently a pub - The Punch Bowl.

The Punch Bowl

The Punch Bowl has been welcoming locals and visitors since the 18th century and is the last pub in the village which was once home to 8 hostelries!. The current owners of the Punch Bowl, have decided to move on and as the pub is an asset of community value the community has an opportunity to purchase it. 

What is Happening?

Two public meetings were held in February to gauge villagers interest in the possibility of the Punch Bowl becoming community owned. There was overwhelming support for transforming the Punch Bowl into a vibrant and thriving community hub.


Visits have taken place to learn from other rural community pubs in Cumbria and Yorkshire.  A bid has been developed, with the support from Plunkett UK, and submitted to government Community Ownership Fund (COF) on the 10th April 2024. The results were expected in early June but with the General Election and new government in place there is uncertainty if funding will now be available. In the meantime we are continuing with our  bid to purchase the Punch Bowl with the launch of our share offer.

Support Us

If the bid is ultimately successful it will help toward the purchase of the Punch Bowl but it also needs to be backed by community funds.  A detailed community survey was  distributed to every household to find out what they would like to see from a community owned pub along with a pledge in principle to ascertain the level of community funding.  


A share prospectus has now been published and is available on the share offer page from the menu. If you would like to support us in making the Punch Bowl once again a vibrant and thriving community hub please support us in purchasing community shares and spread the word far and wide!

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