Hundreds of nominations received for the Norwich Pub of the Year Award

PUBLISHED: 06:30 15 April 2011 | UPDATED: 15:52 15 April 2011

The Evening News has already had hundreds of entries for the Norwich pub of the year

The Evening News has already had hundreds of entries for the Norwich pub of the year

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Hundreds of nominations have been made for the Evening News’ first Norwich Pub of the Year Award – but pub-goers still have a week to go to choose their favourite.

We launched the award as a follow-up to our Love Your Local Campaign, which has been helping the city’s pubs for more than two years.

Some of the pubs already nominated include the The Buck Inn in Yarmouth Road, Thorpe St Andrew, The Champion in Chapel Field Road, the Jubilee pub in St Leonard’s Road, the King’s Head in Magdalen Street and the Brickmakers in Sprowston Road. James Huggins, a self-employed joiner, picked the King’s Head because he said there was no unwanted music blaring in the background to get in the way of a good night’s chat and beer. He also said: “It’s the first and possibly the only pub to not serve lager on draught, or any other keg beer.”

Doreen Cochrane picked The Champion, which she said held a lot of good memories for her.

“My late husband Michael used to play keyboards there and we had some great sing-a-longs,” she said.

Meanwhile, Tony Self chose the Brickmakers. He said: “Pam and Charley South have transformed the pub in the eight years they have been here. They celebrate their eighth birthday this month, and what a great way to celebrate if they won this award.”

Ian Campbell, who chose the Buck, praised the staff and management for being friendly and welcoming. “This has led me to believe that I am valued as a person not just as a customer,” he said. “I find this heartwarming in an age of grim profiteering in many managed pubs.”

The Coach and Horses in Thorpe Road his also proving popular. Paul Dansie chose it and said: “You enter the door and you receive a smile. Simply, putting time in at the Coach and Horses is just another day in paradise.” Mark Deveney said the Coach and Horses had all the ingredients needed to make an essential local, and they all started with a B. He said: “Beer brewed on the premises, bill of fayre, the best pub menu in Norwich, buddies, a gathering point for friends, banter, lively conversation and a lot of laughs, Blake, David and Rose the owners, bar staff, the best looking in the city, and Bob, the manager.”

Barry Cullington, another devotee of the Coach and Horses, has been a regular for 47 years. He said: “The staff always have time for you even at busy times, and an open fire is brilliant in the winter months.”

The Evening News wants to find out which of our many fine pubs is the best and we need your help to do so.

We are asking that, in no more than 300 words, regulars tell us why their local deserves to be crowned. The entries will be shortlisted down to four and the winner will then be picked by judges including Evening News reporter David Bale and Norwich pub historian Derek McDonald. The winner of the competition will get the chance to brand its pub The Norwich Pub of the Year 2011.

To nominate your favourite visit the website, and submit your entry. You can also fill out the form on the right and return it to the address shown. The closing date for entries is Friday, April 22.

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