Last chance for people to submit entries for the Norwich Pub of the Year Award
Pub-goers have just a few days left to get their entries in for the Evening News' first Norwich Pub of the Year Award – and one of the judges today urged people to let us know their favourites.
Hundreds of nominations have either been sent to the Evening News or submitted online since 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.
Norwich pub historian Derek McDonald, who will be one of the judges alongside Evening News reporter David Bale, said: 'We have received hundreds of entries already and for a wide variety of pubs, which shows what a great place Norwich is for pubs.
'I have been approached by several people about the Pub of the Year Award, and I have told them all to get their entries in. If they want to see their pub named Pub of The Year they have to nominate them.' Some of the many pubs already nominated include the Coach and Horses in Thorpe Road, The Murderers in Timberhill, the Sole and Heel in Rackheath, the Red Lion in Drayton, the Adam And Eve in Bishopgate, The Vine in Dove Street, the Maid's Head in Old Catton, and the Trafford Arms in Grove Road.
Frank Betts picked the Maid's Head in Spixworth Road, and said: 'I am 87 and have used it all my life. My dad took me in there on my seventh birthday. My first drink was a Vimto, but the next was a half of Steward and Patteson mild beer and I have drunk mild beer ever since. The pub has supported charities throughout my life and I think the current staff and management are the best ever.'
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Michael Page nominated the Trafford Arms, because he said it was a 'good community pub'.
He said: 'You can have a drink and relax without fear or hassle, greet meals are available at reasonable prices and there's a large range of beers available.'
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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 the judges. 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, www.eveningnews24.co.uk and submit your entry by clicking on the Pub of the Year banner. You can also fill out the form on the right and return it to the address shown. The closing date for entries is this Friday, Good Friday.