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Norwich pub of the week: The Rumsey Wells

PUBLISHED: 15:36 18 April 2011 | UPDATED: 15:39 18 April 2011

Katie Searle, landlady of the Rumsey Wells, St Andrews Street, Norwich, which is Pub of the Week. Picture: Denise Bradley

Katie Searle, landlady of the Rumsey Wells, St Andrews Street, Norwich, which is Pub of the Week. Picture: Denise Bradley

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Today our Pub of the Week feature celebrates the delightfully named Rumsey Wells in St Andrew's Street

Brothers and sisters cannot always be guaranteed to get on well together but Danny and Kate Searle are so close they can happily run a pub side by side.

And because they are not a couple one can go on holiday whilst the other stays at the pub to look after things.

Since they took over the pub two-and-a-half years ago, things have been on a steady upward curve, and while other pubs are struggling, their trade is getting better.

Kate said: “When we moved in the pub had not been doing that well and I think Adnams Brewery, which owns it, saw us as the last chance to make a go of it.

“In our first year we were named the Adnams best newcomers of the year, and they have been really good to us and left us to it.

“When we came in we changed the decor but kept it nice and relaxed, and introduced a sofa area.

“We also opened a downstairs bar at the weekends and have music and DJs several nights. We have done simple things and are now having a new canopy done outside.

“It’s best to always keep things fresh and, touch wood, everything has been good. Our kitchen is quite small so we just offer simple food.”

They have also been keen to run a zero tolerance policy on bad language and ask rowdy customers to tone it down.

Kate added: “We ask people to respect the pub. We keep it a nice atmosphere so girls can come here on their own.”

They have also introduced some new initiatives including putting blank beer mats on tables, so customers can draw on them. The best then get displayed on the pub’s walls.

They have set up pages on websites MySpace and Facebook and put together a six-page newsletter every two months which can be read in the pub or taken away, and is distributed at tourist locations and shops across the city.

They also have an art gallery in the downstairs bar featuring the work of local artists.

Alongside other real ale pubs, they are supporting the City of Ale festival that starts next month with the intention 
of making Norwich a mecca for real ale lovers across the city.

The Evening News has been urging punters to return to pubs in our Love your Local campaign. 
To see more stories from the campaign visit ww.eveningnews24.co.uk/ loveyourlocal.

Do you think your pub has the history, character and regulars to make it as our Pub of the Week? 
Call Evening News reporter David 
Bale on 01603 772427 or email 
david.bale2@archant.co.uk

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