Pub of the Week: King’s Head in Lingwood is new centre of community
09:10 18 April 2014
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It was the landlord and owner’s father who suggested the King’s Head in Lingwood, near Norwich, might make a good Pub of the Week.
Keith Holt, from Sprowston, said that when his son, Terry, took it on, the pub in Station Road had seen better days.
He said: “My son took a chance and bought it, and with a great deal of effort from him, friends and family and limited capital, he has given the community a place it can use use for social occasions, meals and entertainment.”
That much pretty sums up the community pub’s appeal.
Terry was unaware who had been singing the pub’s praises, and thus prompted our visit. But judging by the happy faces and contented customers I saw when I visited the pub yesterday lunchtime, one of a dozen people might have done the same.
Terry Holt has some other possible good reasons why the pub is so popular.
He said: “Maybe because it’s a bit rough and ready, and we’re cheaper. When a brewery wanted us to raise the price of a pint I told them I would not, because the pub works because we are cheaper.”
Mr Holt was a teacher of technology and maths at Acle High School for 33 years before he took on the pub, and for the first two years in charge he worked at both the school and the pub.
He said: “I had always wanted to run a pub and it came at the right price. I enjoy it more now. I do what I want when I want and how I want and it works. I like meeting people and hearing all their stories. Many of the customers I taught at school or they’re the children of pupils I taught.
“We’re not perfect people but people seem to like us changing the beer around a lot. We have about five to six real ales. We are a traditional pub; a pub that does food and not a restaurant that sells drink.”
The pub boasts a large free car park, a secure garden with children’s play area, pool table, dart board, free book swap, and full-size tennis table tennis. It’s also home to Lingwood’s second defibrillator, and hosts different entertainment throughout the week. It also hosts a ladies’ darts team and three men’s darts teams, private events and Norwich City football matches are shown live.
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