December 8 2013 Latest news:
Friday, August 30, 2013
The Rose and Crown in Snettisham and The Crown in Southwold have been named in the top 10 pubs in the UK in the Good Pub Guide 2014.
Kim Tinkler, who has managed The Rose and Crown for about 10 years, said: “We like to think we offer good service, good food and are a traditional pub.
“In my time here the pub has got busier on a very large scale, and we have had our busiest summer ever.
“We are a friendly, typical English pub, also child-friendly, but maybe with a stylish twist. We are popular with real ale drinkers and birdwatchers. “It’s a real credit to all the staff who have worked really hard to obtain this acknowledgement, which we are extremely proud of. The staff deserve it, especially for all the hard work they put in over the summer.”
The licensee, Anthony Goodrich, has been in charge for 18 years, and the kitchen team is led by Jamie Clarke, who started as a pot washer at 15, and now, at 26, is head chef, with five other chefs beneath him.
In the guide the pub is described as a “very special all-rounder”, and “a particularly well-run old pub with log fires and interesting furnishings, imaginative food, a fine range of drinks and stylish seating on heated terrace; well equipped bedrooms.”
The guide adds that the pub is “always busy and with consistently high standards – this first class pub continues to please its many contented customers.”
The Crown in Southwold has also been named as Suffolk’s county dining pub of the year for the second year running, and among the top 10 town pubs in the UK.
The Crown’s general manager, Lukasz Juszczak, said they were “more than delighted” to repeat last year’s success.
“It is a fantastic achievement and credit to everyone who works here,” he said.
“We always try to go that little bit further than expected.”
Mr Juszczak said the recognition was even more special because it was not something they had applied for – instead it was achieved through feedback from customers.
The pub’s food and beverage manager, Matthew Palmer added: “There’s no secret to our success. There’s a lot of hard work involved and we strive to make every customer’s experience special.
“We’ve got a good team here and we are all very passionate about what we do.”
The pub is described in the guide as a “comfortable hotel with relaxed bars, a fine choice of drinks, papers to read, excellent imaginative food and seats outside”.
Another Southwold pub, the Lord Nelson is also named among the top 10 value pubs in the UK in the guide.
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