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This week's Pub of the Week celebrates the White Horse in Crostwick, just a few miles from Norwich off the B1150 North Walsham road

PUBLISHED: 06:34 26 October 2012

Sharleen Dashwood at the White Horse pub at Crostwick.  Photo: Bill Smith

Sharleen Dashwood at the White Horse pub at Crostwick. Photo: Bill Smith

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The White Horse in Crostwick is an Aladdin's cave of a pub packed with a quarter of a century's worth of trinkets and collectibles given by customers to the landlords.

One of the items, a full size knight dressed in medieval armour was shipped by a customer from the US.

Landlords Wayne Doherty and Sharleen Dashwood celebrated 25 years in charge at the pub earlier this year.

In a welcome pack given to customers, the couple state that “their aim over the last 25 years has always been to keep the Crostwick White Horse as traditional a pub as possible, where a pleasant mix of regulars can chat to the bar staff while perched on stools, and for those just passing through to be treated as friends rather than strangers.”

Keeping it traditional means there is no table service, with guests asked to order meals at the bar. “That’s so people communicate. We like a friendly atmosphere where people can talk to you,” Ms Dashwood said.

This must be the busiest Pub of the Week I have ever visited, with every nook and cranny of the building filled with diners and drinkers, enjoying the special atmosphere.

Ms Dashwood has spent all her life around pubs, and her mum Patsy Dashwood was landlady at the Buck in Thorpe St Andrew for 21 years, where she grew up.

Her mum still helps out at the Crostwick pub as does Ms Dashwood’s daughter Lucy, 18, although she could soon be off to university. Before coming to the White Horse, Ms Dashwood was landlady at the Edith Cavell in Tombland, which has just reopened under new management. She also worked at the Bell Hotel in the city centre while Mr Doherty has a background in the motor trade and ran a garage in Ketts Hill in Norwich.

The pub does OAP lunches and takeaways and has previously raised money for Quidenham hospice.

It even accepts Euros – which could come in handy if the UK ever joins the currency.

The Evening News has been urging people to return to pubs in our Love your Local campaign.

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

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