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Norwich’s smallest pub celebrates second anniversary

PUBLISHED: 11:00 13 November 2010 | UPDATED: 12:58 13 November 2010

The Vine pub in Norwich has made it into the Good Beer Guide 2011; landlady Aey Allen pictured.

The Vine pub in Norwich has made it into the Good Beer Guide 2011; landlady Aey Allen pictured.

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The smallest pub in Norwich is marking its second anniversary by donating 10p from every pint sold to leading children’s charity the NSPCC.

The Vine pub/Thai restaurant, in Dove Street in the city centre, is also holding a birthday bash for its customers tomorrow, when the 10p offer will start.

As revealed, Aey Allen, landlady of The Vine, has had plenty to celebrate this year, after making it into the real ale lovers’ bible, the Good Beer Guide 2011, for the first time, alongside 102 other Norfolk pubs.

She said the birthday bash was a way of thanking its customers for making it so successful. She said: “It’s a big achievement to get in the Good Beer Guide and we want to give something back to our customers for their support.

“I have got two young children, aged five and eight-and-a-half, so I chose the NSPCC as the charity to benefit from our 10p offer, which is also a big thank-you to our customers for their support in the last two years.”

The pub has also been praised for the way it looks after its beer by Peterborough-based Oakham Ales, which supplies one of its popular brews to the watering hole.

The turnaround at the pub has been quite extraordinary after punters feared the pub had closed for good when it shut in December 2005.

But it was saved by licensee Jaime Kerr and her mother Leanne Freeman, who now run the Mustard Pot pub on Thorpe Road, when they took over as tenants in February 2006.

The pub had been known as the Vine Tavern since it opened in 1842, except for a short spell in the 1840s when it was known as The Albert Tavern or The Prince Albert.

The Evening News has been urging punters to support pubs through our Love Your Local campaign.

To see more stories from the campaign, visit the website www.eveningnews24.co.uk/loveyourlocal.

Has your pub got something to celebrate? Call reporter David Bale on 01603 772427 or email david.bale2@archant.co.uk.

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