These are the nominated pubs in the Evening News’ first Norwich Pub of the Year Award - can you spot your local?
Dozens of different pubs in the greater Norwich area have been nominated for the Evening News’ first Norwich Pub of the Year Award.
The entries will now be shortlisted down to four and the winner will then be picked by the judges and announced later in the year.
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.
We asked pub regulars to tell us, in no more than 300 words, why their local deserves to be crowned. The winner of the competition will get the chance to brand its pub The Norwich Pub of the Year 2011.
The nominated pubs with some of the regulars’ comments are:
1. Coach and Horses, Thorpe Road: Richard Cloy said: “It’s so nice to see such a large range of different people under one roof. It’s a well-run and organised pub with friendly staff.”
2. Golden Star, Colegate: Gary Miles said: “I’ve been coming here for over 10 years. The staff are warm and friendly and there’s a wide selection of drinks and they cater to a wide range of customers.”
3. The Quebec, Quebec Road: Roger King said: “Brilliant landlord and landlady, friendly staff and plenty of fun, darts, crib, pool and music. Good beer and food – the best pub grub in Norwich.”
4. Jubilee, St Leonards Road: Martin Burgess said: “The pub complements a thriving neighbourhood. All the owner’s hard work has cemented the Jubilee’s position as a social hub of the community.”
5. The Brickmakers, Sprowston Road: Tony Self said: “Having won awards as best music pub in Norwich, the county and East Anglia, they deserve to be pub of the year. Pam and Charley South have transformed the pub in the eight years they have been here.”
6. Adam And Eve, Bishopgate: John Carter said: “Great food, good beer, always warm and welcoming atmosphere from the landlady and staff – to both locals and ‘grockles’.”
7. The Murderers, Timberhill: Colin Pells said: “The pub staff are efficient and it is kept immaculate. Their selection of real ales is the best in the city centre. Great customer diversity. It’s like a traditional local by day and on evenings and weekends it’s also popular with youngsters.”
8. Rumsey Wells, St Andrews Street: Adrian Murray said: “What can I say other than every time I step in this place I feel incredibly welcome. Living in London and travelling to see family in Norwich I do not get to visit more than a couple of times a month, however each time is great. Thanks Rumsey Wells.”
9. Sole and Heel, Rackheath: Mike Smart said: “It feels like a home from home. When you have been on your own it is a godsend to have somewhere to go to have a good conversataion and feel welcome.”
10. Shoulder of Mutton, Strumpshaw: Brenda Banyard said: “Whether you want a dentist, gardener, electrician or furniture removal man, they are all to be found here. Some are retired now, but are ever ready with practical help or advice. It’s truly the heart and soul of the village. You can even bet on the horses every day with Myra.”
11. The Buck Inn, Thorpe St Andrew: Roger Wood said: “Over the past 20 years we have stopped at the Buck on a regular basis. We have seen several landlords come and go, but we hope the current one stays. Everything has changed for the better, but let’s hope that it does not become too crowded as more people discover how good it is.”
12. Beehive, Leopold Road: Daren Cooke said: “A very friendly local with the community at its heart. Excellent selection of ales always kept in perfect condition. Brilliant mix of people representing all aspects of the local area and beyond.”
13. Kings Head, Magdalen Street: James Huggins said: “No unwanted ‘musak’ to get in the way of a night’s chat and beer; reasonably priced and served by staff who enjoy the atmosphere and engage with the customers becoming friends with regulars and occasional visitors.”
14. Trafford Arms, Grove Road: Roderick Jones said: “Excellent choice of well-kept real ales. The staff are friendly and I’m usually greeted by Chris Higgins, the landlord. He has kept his beer prices at about £3, despite the recent VAT increase. Its Valentine beer festival is one of the best in the county.”
15. The Champion, Chapel Field Road: Mr Smith said: “The friendliest pub in Norwich and the one that serves the best pint – no need to say any more.”
16. Cottage, Silver Road: David Elden said: “Because nothing is too much trouble and they join in and help with the planning of all the events. They do food and have 10 real ales, which are of excellent quality and at the end of the day they are still smiling. They are simply the best.”
17. Fat Cat Brewery Tap, Lawson Road: Jude said: “The staff are wonderful, the pub is neat and original, the regulars are nice, the bands that play Thursday and Friday nights are generally fantastic and the bands that play on Sundays are even better.”
18. King’s Arms, Hall Road: Al Sharman said: “How fortunate am I to have the Kings Arms on my doorstep? A right royal welcome awaits every time from the friendly bar staff. Their welcoming spirit has created a great atmosphere which brings people in time after time from near and far.”
19. Boundary, Boundary Road: Amanda Marsh said: “The Boundary pub has completely transformed itself under its current owner. With the regular charity days raising money for local cancer charities and the air ambulance, Dawn and her friendly team of staff have managed to raise over £1,500.”
20. Fat Cat, West End Street: Nigel Bullen said: “Always good beer, including my hard-to-get favourite from Kelham Island. Clean premises, cheerful staff and cheap rolls at lunchtimes. A true drinkers’ paradise.”
21. York Tavern, Leicester Street: Jack Lyons said: “The pub always had a really nice atmosphere with lots of regulars, as well as a good mix of students and less regular visitors. But the best thing about it is the brilliant community feel of the pub, from its live entertainment, quiz nights and cycle club, to special events for the locals.”
22. White Lion, Oak Street: Stuart McLaren said: “Good selection of tasty real ales, no blaring music, no video games or one-armed bandits, historic ambience and friendly staff. All-in-all, a veritable oasis in an area of the city which has very few decent pubs left.”
23. Walnut Tree Shades, Old Post Office Court: Dale Brooks said: “It has a great atmosphere combined with some fantastic live blues/RnR/jazz bands. The beer is some of the best tasting in the city and the staff always give a friendly and warm welcome.”
24. Mustard Pot, Thorpe Road: John Palmer said: “This is a clean, tidy and civilised pub which certainly deserves more regular custom. I have used this pub on numerous Norwich City match days and whatever the size of the throng waiting to be served, the staff are always calm, polite, friendly and efficient.”
25. The Gibraltar Gradens, Heigham Street: Luke Rumbelow said: “Nice atmosphere, pleasant surroundings, amazing home-cooked food and reasonable bar prices. A real favourite of mine.”
26. The Gatehouse, Dereham Road: Paul Kemp said: “I recommend the Burns’ night here, with the piper piping in the haggis. The pub’s so good that they named a bus stop after it.”
27. The Plough, St Benedicts: Jim Fennell said: “The Plough has changed beyond recognition since becoming part of the Grain Brewery. The beer has won countless awards and is served to perfection every time. The gin and tonics are sublime. The staff are friendly and knowledgable and the pub is a lovely mix of traditional and contemporary style.”
28. The Norkie, Bowthorpe: Trefor Lewis said: “Ronnie and Heather Burton, who took over during the World Cup last summer, have transformed it into a thriving community pub catering for drinkers and non-drinkers alike and all age groups.”
29. The Ribs of Beef, Wensum Street: Daniel Lorne said: “The only pub in Norwich city centre with a balanced policy on letting out its function room. No charge and supportive, thus allowing community groups and arts events to flourish.”
30. The Ugly Bug Inn, Colton, near Easton: Carol and Eric Falgate said: “It’s a place where locals meet for a chat and a drink to catch up on the gossip. Tourists come from all over the country for the great food.”
31. Angel Gardens, Angel Road: John Last said: “A community pub serving good food which is reasonably priced. Many local and guest beers, quite a few real ales. It promotes darts, cribbage and pool, and also has a meeting room which is used by angling clubs.”
32. Reindeer, Dereham Road: Zoe Davies said: “Michael & Dawn have done an excellent job in turning The Reindeer back into a lovely pub. They are friendly and welcoming and Dawn cooks the best roast dinners in Norwich for both meat eaters and vegetarians.”
33. The Black Horse, Earlham Road: Patrick Hammond said: “My partner and I visit once a week and enjoy seeing the bar staff and owners, and the regulars. We now feel like part of the furniture and we always enjoy a very peaceful evening when we visit.”
35. The Vine, Dove Street: Mr White said: “Long famous as the smallest pub in Norwich, it has been revived, and is now a unique establishment that combines the values of an English public house with a Thai restaurant.”
36. Maids Head, Old Catton: Frank Betts said: “I am 87 and have used the pub all my life. My dad took me on my seventh birthday. My first drink was a Vimto, but the next was a half of mild beer and I have drunk mild beer ever since.”
37. Duke of Wellington, Waterloo Road: Lee Powley said: “A great choice of beers and friendly staff, a good place to meet friends and chat. Always has a very good atmosphere.”
38. Red Lion, Drayton: Derek Heffer said: “It provides an excellent carvery at a most reasonable price and the beer is good too. It operates a diamond club, whereby us poor old pensioners not only receive a discount, but are also able to enjoy an excellent Christmas party.”
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